On Tuesday, the Chiefs visited The Children's Place, which is a non-profit organization helping young children who have been abused or neglected.
"We are a non-profit agency that serves children, under the age of eight, who have survived either physical or sexual abuse, neglect or trauma and they are now in the custody of the state," Roxane Hill, Vice President of Development at The Children's Place, explained. "They have significant delays, so we provide them with therapeutic services and help get them back up to their age appropriate level."
It was recently announced that the children's development and mental health agency will be the beneficiary of the 2015 Chiefs Charity Game.
"On behalf of the entire Hunt family and the Chiefs organization, I am thrilled to announce that The Children's Place has been named the beneficiary of the Chiefs Charity Game beginning with the 2015 season," Lamar Hunt, Jr., Hunt Family Foundation Vice President, said. "The Chiefs Charity Game has continued to grow over the years, and we are excited to see how The Children's Place will be able to use this platform to positively impact local youth as they develop and eventually thrive in our community."
Since 1978, The Children's Place has been committed to meeting the developmental and mental health needs of the very youngest survivors of abuse, neglect and other trauma. Within the Kansas City community and beyond, the agency's specialized expertise in working with traumatized young children has made The Children's Place a recognized leader in the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
"We are extremely proud that the Kansas City Chiefs have selected The Children's Place to be the beneficiary of the 2015 Chiefs Charity Game," The Children's Place President and Chief Executive Officer David Matson said. "The Chiefs have always been committed to helping the children of Kansas City and this is just another powerful example of that commitment. We look forward to our partnership with the entire Chiefs organization."
To announce the 2015 Charity Game, Lamar Hunt Jr., Mark Donovan and the specialist visit the Children's Place on September 16, 2014.
In the past 10 years, more than $5 million has been donated to local charities through this fundraising program. For the past three years, Big Brothers Big Sisters were named the beneficiary at the Charity Games and raised over $1.6 million.
"The Chiefs organization has established and maintained one of the National Football League's most successful and unique community initiatives in the Chiefs Charity Game," Team President Mark Donovan said. "The Children's Place has been a safe haven for youth in Kansas City for nearly 40 years. Their commitment to meeting the developmental and mental health needs of local youth makes them a tremendous resource."
Following the announcement, Donovan, Hunt and his wife Rita, along with Dustin Colquitt, Cairo Santos and Thomas Gafford interacted with the children. They led the youth in Play 60 activities, which were focused on agility, speed, and warmups.
To learn more about The Children's Place, or to donate today, visite childrensplacekc.org.