Per KCChiefs.com, The Derrick Thomas/Neil Smith Third and Long Foundation is giving Kansas City a reason to celebrate.
Fans of all ages are invited to recognize the impending Pro Football Hall of Fame induction of the Third and Long’s founder, former Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Thomas. The “celebration” event will take place on Friday, July 31, 2009 from 5:00-8:30 PM at downtown’s historic “City Market.” Admission for this special retrospective is free. The evening will serve as a salute to one of the greatest ever to don the Red and Gold.
The highlight of the night will come when the player most synonymous with Thomas, DE Neil Smith, leads an on-stage panel to discuss “D.T.’s” distinguished career. Undoubtedly, it will afford Chiefs fans a rare opportunity to remember the late, great #58 through the eyes of those that knew him best. Included in this showcase will be the playing of a special Derrick Thomas tribute video.
Chiefs Alumni such as FB Kimble Anders, C Tim Grunhard and DT Dan Saleaumua, among others, will also be on hand to sign autographs for those in attendance. Additionally, there will be visits by Chiefs Cheerleaders and KC Wolf, music, inflatables and face painting.
Team President Denny Thum will also be on-hand at the event to reflect on Thomas’ legacy. Included in the evening’s festivities will be special recognition of Third and Long Foundation board members and representatives from the Derrick Thomas Academy.
The primary mission of the Derrick Thomas/Neil Smith Third and Long Foundation is to support and improve reading and learning abilities of disadvantaged school children in Kansas City, Missouri and its surrounding areas. The Foundation strives to change the lives of 9-13 year old urban children facing challenging and even life-threatening situations. For more information, please visit: http://www.thirdandlong.org/.
I’m sure Derrion Thomas has a lot going on this summer and will give a speech at his father’s Hall of Fame induction, but it would be great to see him at this celebration next Friday. This should be a great event that will allow everyone in Kansas City that cannot make the trip to Canton to feel like they are part of Derrick Thomas’ induction.