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Chiefs Make Special Presentation to Police Athletic League for Youth Field

Posted Jun 17, 2010

The morning heat was intense but the sweltering temperatures couldn’t stymie the spirit of the day. With dignitaries such as KCMO Mayor Mark Funkhouser, KCMO Chief of Police James Corwin and Greater Kansas City LISC Executive Director Julie Porter on hand, all eyes turned toward the podium for a special announcement. There, Chiefs President Denny Thum declared that the Police Athletic League has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the Chiefs, the National Football League’s Youth Football Fund and the Greater Kansas City Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). This funding will be matched by other community partners to provide a new natural turf field at this local PAL Center.

“The Chiefs are thrilled that one of the finest youth football fields in Kansas City will be constructed right here at the Police Athletic League Center,” noted Thum. “The Chiefs and the National Football League are committed to helping youth football thrive, especially right here in Kansas City. I’m proud to say that the Chiefs have donated nearly $2 million toward the development of youth football fields in our community over the past 12 years.”

Once the formal presentation was complete, 200 youth that will one day play at the complex were treated to a special football clinic. Led by G Colin Brown, S Reshard Langford, WR Lance Long, RB Kestahn Moore, LB Andy Studebaker, and WR Jeherme Urban, these gridiron gurus dispatched some of their wisdom to the youth. When the drills were complete, everyone gathered around for autographs and refreshments.

“I think it’s great that we were able to come out here today for an announcement like this,” said Studebaker.”It’s important that kids have a proper place to play and participate in sports. Even more importantly, the work that PAL does goes well beyond athletics. They really do a tremendous job keeping these kids off the street and steering them in a productive direction.”

Once this PAL field is complete, it will host flag and tackle football for nearly 1,200 youth, including students from the nearby Trailwoods Elementary School and residents of the Hilltop Section Eight Housing Development. It will also be available to students from Imagine Renaissance Academy and JA Rodgers Middle School.

The Chiefs organization has now donated $1.98 million for 11 metro-area field installation/renovation projects in the past 12 years. Another example of the team’s commitment to youth football is found with the Chiefs Youth Football Field. Erected in the shadows of the New Arrowhead this synthetic field allows all youth to dream big and feel as though they are a part of the Chiefs family. Opened in 2008, more than 8,000 youth played football games on this field in its first two years.

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