ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - The focus of Kansas City Chiefs training camp turned from football to helping the community Thursday morning.
Members of Big Brothers Big Sisters attended practice in St. Joseph ahead of the Chiefs Charity game later this month. The game raises money for the organization and gives young kids an experience organizers say they will never forget.
"The Chiefs Charity game is an amazing tradition in Kansas City," said Michael Lawrence, CEO of the Greater Kansas City Big Brothers Big Sisters. "Not only do our supporters get to have a great time at the game, more than 500 of our children will catch their first NFL game and share an amazing experience with their big brother or big sister."
The annual game raises about $500,000 a year for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Among other things, that money goes to recruit volunteers for the organization.
"Children from a one parent family face a lot of adversity. But because of the influence of a big brother or big sister, they have a completely different outlook on life. They have someone who is there for them. They have someone to give them advice and direction," said Lawrence.
Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt founded the Chiefs Charity game in 1984. This year's event is scheduled for Aug. 16 at Arrowhead Stadium against the San Francisco 49ers.