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Insider Blog: Holmes Returns to Honor Local Youth

Posted Apr 26, 2010

Kansas City's all-time rushing leader will be in town on Tuesday afternoon to honor local students...

Former Kansas City Chiefs Running Back Priest Holmes will be in Kansas City on Tuesday, April 27th to honor a group of students for their academic performance and good behavior. Holmes will call attention to the importance of education as the special guest at the annual luncheon of the Communities in Schools of Kansas City Kansas/Wyandotte County. The luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Jack Reardon Convention Center, 500 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas.

Last fall, The Priest Holmes Foundation (PHf) established a partnership with the Communities In Schools program, launching the PHf Student Incentive Program in the GreaterKansas City area. The PHf Student Incentive Program recognizes students who meet and exceed set requirements for attendance, effort, behavior and school performance.

While in Kansas City last fall to attend his official retirement ceremony with the Kansas City Chiefs, Holmes visited M.E. Pearson Elementary School to share his foundation’s message and encourage their success in school. In addition, the foundation hosted a series of fundraisers directing a portion of the proceeds raised to support the launch of the PHf Student Incentive Program.

“I am excited to say that my efforts on the field for 11 seasons, seven with the Chiefs will now benefit the lives of youth off of the field in Kansas City,” Holmes said.

Nine top students from M.E. Pearson Elementary School will be honored at the luncheon for their efforts; Holmes will accompany the students from their school to the luncheon with a special ride in a limousine.

Holmes, a three time Pro Bowl player, started his foundation with one mission in mind: to Encourage education, Enhance the lives of children & Empower our youth.

“It was Kansas City that gave me the opportunity to play football,” Holmes said. “I want people to know there’s still a connection with Kansas City and that we continue to give back and do public service.”

Information courtesy Ruth Baum Bigus of the Priest Holmes Foundation

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