The Chiefs Red Coaters have been an essential part of the organization and the community, since the team moved to Kansas City in 1963.
“Mayor Bartle rounded up a lot of community and civic leaders around town to show Hunt the community would support a team, which is where the Red Coaters sprung from,” Brian Gregory, Red Coater since 2006, explained. “The Red Coaters went out and got commitments from people to buy season tickets if the team moved here, without being able to even tell them who the team was.”
The Red Coaters are a community-service organization comprised of businessmen and women, who are passionate about the Chiefs and have an opportunity to give back to the community.
During the 2013 season, the Red Coaters participated in a number of community service activities such as, delivering Thanksgiving baskets to local families, or collecting Toys for Tots at Arrowhead and visiting the VA Medical Center.
“The Red Coaters are a ‘face for the Chiefs’ in the community throughout the year, volunteering in many different community activities,” Patti DiPardo-Livergood, Chiefs Special Projects Coordinator noted. “A Red Coater is an individual who has a great passion for the Chiefs and a tremendous desire to give back to our wonderful community. A Red Coater is a very giving, unselfish individual.”
Being a Kansas City Chiefs Red Coater, not only enhances the experience and passion of a true Chiefs fan; it provides a great opportunity to give back to the Kansas City area and be on the field for special game day involvement.
“The Red Coaters also have a very special opportunity to express their fandom on game day as they proudly welcome the Chiefs to the field at Arrowhead Stadium, a tradition that remains intact since 1963.” DiPardo-Livergood said.
Red Coaters participate at charitable fundraisers, community events, Training Camp, golf tournaments, NFL sponsored school programs, stadium events and are on the field during pre-game at Arrowhead Stadium. These are just a few of the many great works where Red Coaters are involved.
Now, it’s your chance to be a Red Coater and represent the Chiefs in the community and on the field. Applications are being accepted to become a 2014 Red Coat Apprentice. For additional information about the Red Coaters or how to become a Red Coater click here.
Interviews for new members will be schedule in March 2014. A preset number of candidates will be selected to participate in the Red Coat Apprentice Program. Upon complying with the 2014 Code of Conduct and fulfilling the complete list of requirements of the Apprentice Program for one Chiefs season, individuals can earn their Red Coat.
For more information, or if you have any questions, contact Patti DiPardo-Livergood at PattiD@chiefs.nfl.com.