The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up their mandatory three-day mini-camp on Thursday, but the players aren’t all going their separate ways quite yet. Many Chiefs players will travel with other members of the franchise for a return trip to Joplin.
Last year Matt Cassel and Jonathan Baldwin pitched in to help on their own, while also taking part in a separate trip with a larger group of Chiefs players/employees that helped with the recovery effort after tornadoes caused widespread destruction.
A year later the plan is more focused on rebuilding and the players are set to work with more than 100 members of the Chiefs organization to assist Habitat for Humanity build five homes.
Clark Hunt and the Chiefs have pledged non-stop help to the area since the disaster struck. Not only with manpower in Joplin, but they also hosted a Joplin High School football game in October, auctioned off game balls from the huge Monday Night Football win over the San Diego Chargers and appeared on a special episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”.
We can — and will — debate how the Chiefs are doing on the field, but there is no question they always go above and beyond when it comes to supporting the community. While unfortunately many in the media do not give Joplin the attention it still deserves, the Chiefs continue doing what they can to help with the recovery.
Undrafted free agent Tysyn Hartman put it best on Twitter before heading to help.
1 of the best things about we do are the days like today. The opportunity to wake up n make a difference in people’s lives #Chiefs #Joplin