KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is one of the most dynamic football players in the National Football League. He's also becoming pretty dynamic in the community, too.
Hill hosted a celebrity basketball game at the Rockhurst University Convocation Center on Saturday. Many current and former Chiefs participated in the event, which benefited the Tyreek Hill Foundation and a program called "Touchdown 4 A's." That organization is described as an educational grades improvement and scholarship program.
Players were certainly excited for the great turnout at the game.
"I mean, man, it's Chiefs Kingdom," Chiefs running back Charcandrick West said. "You come to a game on Sunday, you'll understand the love we get. So, this doesn't surprise me at all man. The Chiefs fans always support."
Players were ready to take a break from the game of football and show off their basketball skills. Several of the players that played in the celebrity basketball game had extensive basketball experience as well. Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris played college basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a school that didn't have a football program. Harris wanted to shine in front of the teammates and fans.
"I just wanted to come out here. We wanted to come out here and support [Tyreek]. And, we love playing basketball. So, it's another chance to run around," Harris said. "You'll see. I got something. Don't worry. You'll see."
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes also tested his skills out there on the court. In addition to being able to sling it all around the football field, he enjoys the game of basketball, too.
"I'm a pretty good basketball player. I like to think at least. I played in high school and everything like that. So, I'm just kind of getting out here and messing around with the guys," Mahomes said. "We get to actually see who's good and who's just been talking."
The event was lively with music playing over the loudspeakers during the game. Of course, it wasn't just about the game action on the court. For Tyreek, it was about getting out in the community and showing that he cares about the people.
"It's just a blessing just to be able to do something like this," Tyreek said. "[It's] for the fans, but also for my community. You know what I'm saying. Like, my community loves me. So, I feel like, by doing this, it's gonna take it even more over the top. And plus, I love the kids. I wanna see people succeed in life."
Tyreek's agent Drew Rosenhaus was present at the event and even announced the player introductions prior to the start of the game. Drew is one of the best and most recognizable agents in the NFL. While most agents are all about putting their clients in the best light possible, Rosenhaus seemed genuinely pleased with Hill's progression as a player and a person.
"I'm happy to support Tyreek Hill in his charity basketball game here for his foundation. [It's] great to see our clients, especially a young man like Tyreek, get in the community and give back. He's such a great player. He's such an exciting guy. What he's doing is, he's establishing his roots here in Kansas City," Rosenhaus said.