One of the most important parts of the Chiefs dedication to the community lies simply in their physical presence. Tuesday is a traditional day off for players throughout the NFL during the season, yet many of the Chiefs use that time to do a good day's work around the community. In fact, it's a common occurrence to see your favorite Chiefs personality any day of the week lending a helping hand to show the importance they place on volunteerism.
CHIEFS YOUTH FOOTBALL OUTREACH
The Chiefs efforts to promote and expand youth football are at the forefront of the organization's focus. While that can be seen in a myriad of different programs, one shining example is the team's youth football field. The first season of this new youth-specific football field located at the The University of Kansas Hospital Training Complex was a rousing success. It enabled metro-area youth to get a taste for playing the game they love adjacent to the very location that their NFL heroes do. The best part is that it is made possible thanks to the generosity of the NFL and the Kansas City Chiefs. More »
The Chiefs Red Coaters are a special group of dedicated fans who support the Chiefs and the National Football League. They are official representatives to the community and a vital part of the Chiefs organization. More »
First Downs for Down Syndrome
First Downs for Down Syndrome raises money for the Down Syndrome Guild of Kansas City and the Down Syndrome Center of Children's Mercy Hospital. The program is based on the success of the Chiefs offensive linemen to gain first downs. More »
As has become an annual tradition, the Kansas City Chiefs continue to take part in the NFL and United Way Hometown Huddle. On the same day, every team in the NFL spent time volunteering in their respective communities. Past projects have included collaboration with Operation Breakthrough, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City and the Gillis Center. More »
Annually, the Kansas City Chiefs, in conjunction with the Kansas City Royals, host an Operation Blessing Food Distribution. Over 200 volunteers come out to help bag food and hand the bags out to approximately 3,000 needy families. Under the banner of "Two Teams - One Goal!" Chiefs players and coaches join with the Royals to help deserving families. More »
Chiefs Blood Drive
Now in its 11th season, the Chiefs Blood Drive asks the Red and Gold faithful to give the gift of life. Held during Thanksgiving Week, typically one of the slowest of the year for blood donations, this vital cause continue to make a difference in our community. More »
Read Across America
Read Across America is a national program that encourages all adults to promote reading among children. The program is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF). More »
The Red Friday celebration is an annual Chiefs event, sponsored by the Red Coaters, to kick off the start of the regular season. It is a day of fund raising and fun beginning with paper sales in the early morning and concludes with a pep rally in the early evening. During the day-long celebration, the Chiefs raise money for players' charities. Coming up on its 17th season this year, Red Friday has netted over $425,000 total in support of over 60 Chiefs player foundations and aligned organizations.
The first of its kind in the NFL, the Chiefs Rookie Club has become a model program that continues to spread throughout the League. The goal is to introduce the players to community organizations that are active in their new homes. The rookies have done such things as adopting a grade level at a local elementary school, visiting the local Children's Campus Center, visiting the children of Operation Breakthrough, serving as bell ringers for the Salvation Army, and visiting the seniors of Don Bosco Senior Center.
The Chiefs Children's Fund and Charity Game
The Kansas City Chiefs went to one of the city’s newest venues to announce that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City (BBBS) will be the beneficiary of the 2012 Chiefs Charity Game. During a visit to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, Oct. 30, the Chiefs joined together with some special guests from BBBS, including area “Bigs” and their “Littles,” for this announcement. Recognized as the top philanthropic game of its type in the NFL, the 2012 Chiefs Charity Game will continue a long-standing commitment of supporting the local community. More »
Heart of a Champion
Since 2003, the Kansas City Chiefs have been proud supporters of Heart of a Champion curriculum. Established by the Heart of a Champion Foundation, this developmental program combines video and audio materials, along with an innovative print curriculum, to reach a "sight and sound" generation. More »
Toys for Tots
The Kansas City Chiefs have partnered with the Marines "Toys for Tots" campaign for nearly four-and-a-half decades, longer than any other NFL team. Each holiday season at the Arrowhead Stadium turnstiles, the Chiefs and members of the Marines' 24th Regiment collect unwrapped toys and monetary donations for local children. Last year alone, over $11,000 and 1,200 toys were amassed for this special cause.