On Wednesday, the Chiefs Community Caring Team, featuring the team’s wide receiver group, visited Operation Breakthrough, a non-profit organization serving which serves over 400 children daily from the Kansas City metro.
“The Chiefs Community Caring Team was at Operation Breakthrough teaching students about eating healthy and being active for 60 minutes a day,” Chuck Castellano, Chiefs Community Relations Manager said. “It’s so important for us to spend time with these students and teach them the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This is also a chance for these players to connect with them, be great role models and give back to the community.”
The Chiefs assisted children ages 5-13 in a Play 60 activity circuit, jump roping, playing hopscotch, cone drills, tossing the football and other activities to get in their 60 minutes of play for the day. The Chiefs also taught the students the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.
“It was a great opportunity to spend time with these students,”
The Chiefs have a long-standing relationship with Operation Breakthrough. From 2005-08, Operation Breakthrough was the beneficiary of the Chiefs Charity Game. The Chiefs have also made numerous appearances, donations and sponsorships in conjunction with Operation Breakthrough.
“We’re very fortunate that the Chiefs support us and it means so much to these kids to have the Chiefs spending time with them,” Sister Berta, co-founder of Operation Breakthrough said. “We are a social service agency that serves early childhood and school age kids, we have a food pantry, medical and dental clinic. We have many parents that are working hard but can’t get ahead, so we try to provide help for them.”
The mission of Operation Breakthrough is to help children who are living in poverty develop to their fullest potential by providing them a safe, loving and educational environment. Operation Breakthrough also strives to support and empower the children’s families through advocacy, referral services and emergency aid.
“The Chiefs and Operation Breakthrough have worked together for many years, back to when Dick Vermeil and his wife Carol volunteered here” Sister Berta said. “The Chiefs are a wonderful example of an agency in town that gives back to the community.”
To donate to Operation Breakthrough or find out how you can volunteer, visit their website.