The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

June 23, 2011

Chiefs to visit, lend assistance

Front office staffers, players, cheerleaders here today

From staff reports
sports@joplinglobe.com

JOPLIN, Mo. — Members of the Kansas City Chiefs will visit Joplin today to provide further assistance with cleanup in the wake of the May 22 tornado.

Team officials are expected to take part in a cleanup session near Joplin High School, starting at about 10:30 a.m., followed by a tour of the tornado’s path through Joplin.

The Chiefs will visit Forest Park Baptist Church, 730 S. Range Line Road, one of four SEMA points of distribution in the area. Players, coaches and executives will sign autographs and interact with community members.

This session will begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. and will include the Chiefs Fan Zone, featuring inflatables and games for kids ages 15 and under.

Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt, General Manager Scott Pioli and President Mark Donovan are expected to participate along with about 120 members of the team’s front office.

Also expected to join the cleanup effort are wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, fullback Shane Bannon, quarterback Matt Cassel, offensive lineman Rodney Hudson, safety Reshard Langford, wide receiver Dexter McCluster and linebacker Andy Studebaker.

The Chiefs cheerleaders and mascot KC Wolf are also expected to participate.

The Chiefs organization began relief efforts for both Joplin and Reading, Kan., in the wake of disastrous May tornados. In a supply drive held at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, fans contributed nearly seven semitrailers full of supplies as well as financial contributions to support recovery efforts at both sites.