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.
By partnering with BBBS, the Chiefs are reinforcing their dedication to uplift children and families in crisis throughout the metro area. Additionally, collaborations such as these strengthen the organization’s dedication to building a strong local community through various civic avenues, including the arts.
“The Chiefs Charity Game is one of the most successful and unique community initiatives in the National Football League,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. “We are grateful to the many worthy agencies that completed the charity game search process. We look forward to working with Big Brothers Big Sisters in supporting their good work with the 2012 Chiefs Charity Game.”
Celebrating its 29th anniversary next summer, the Chiefs Charity Game has offered vital support in the local community since its inception. In the past seven years alone, over $3.5 million has been raised for worth-while charities thanks to this fundraising initiative. Since 1984, the Chiefs and the Chiefs Children’s Fund have worked in unison with generous individuals and businesses in Kansas City to provide assistance to local children and support various children’s agencies.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City is pleased to be associated with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Chiefs Charity Game,” noted BBBS CEO Micheal Lawrence. “Thanks to the generosity of the Kansas City Chiefs, we will create hundreds of life-changing friendships for children facing adversity in our community. We are proud to serve as the beneficiary of this amazing event and look forward to promoting the Chiefs Charity Game as the premier fundraiser for our agency.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters helps vulnerable children beat the odds. The organization depends on donations to help recruit volunteers and reach more children. Funding is used to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety; and provide ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven to improve children’s odds for succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and breaking negative cycles. Learn how you can change how children grow up in America by going to BigBrothersBigSisterskc.org.
Earlier this fall, the Chiefs contributed $100,000 to the Kauffman Center in support of its Children’s Wall project. This area within the center consists of one thousand children’s handprints, each with the name and age of the child. The prints will be artistically arranged along the main thoroughfare connecting the parking garage to the ticketing lobby, where they will greet visitors as they enter. The Children’s Wall is a key funding opportunity for corporations and families to help support the performances and educational opportunities that will be available for the entire community at the Kauffman Center.
“We are proud to partner with the Kansas City Chiefs and open more doors for our community's children,” said Kauffman Center President and CEO Jane Chu. “Because of the Chiefs, thousands of Kansas City's children will have access to the world's best artists in an awe-inspiring performing arts center. The Kauffman Center and the Kansas City Chiefs are committed to helping our area's youth become successful adults and arts and sports are critical components in helping to shape our next generation."
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a major new center for music, opera, theater, and dance, recently opened in downtown Kansas City, Mo. It will present a wide range of entertainers and performances from around the world, including classical, pop, and jazz music, ballet and contemporary dance, Broadway productions, comedy shows, and more. In addition, the Kauffman Center will serve as the performance home of three of the region’s leading performing arts organizations—Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
For more information on the Chiefs Charity Game, please visit: http://www.chiefscharitygame.com/