KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas Metropolis Chiefs Ambassadors paid a particular go to to the Central Excessive College soccer staff’s observe on Thursday, main as much as Week 2 of the highschool soccer season.
“It’s extremely emotional for me, as a result of we put a lot into these youngsters,” D.J. Pittel, head coach at Central Excessive College, mentioned.
Certain, feelings can run excessive between the traces, however Thursday’s wasn’t a typical Central Excessive observe.
That is as a result of Chiefs ambassador Shawn Barber handed off a donation to kick off September, which included new observe gear. The funds got here straight from former gamers’ pockets.
Tim Grunhard wasn’t in attendance for the presentation, however was instrumental in setting all the pieces up for the Blue Eagles.
“We ended up with $3,000; 30 guys all chipped in $100 in three days,” Barber mentioned. “And it was identical to, man we’ve to get this performed.”
The Blue Eagles acquired new uniforms too — collared shirts and ties for away recreation highway journeys.
“We wanted some shirts and ties for this excellent Central staff and I mentioned, ‘How do we all know their sizes?” Keith Novorr, with Michaels Clothes, mentioned.
So, Novorr personally fitted the gamers himself.
“How about we arrange a time, I’m going over to the highschool, carry a tape (and) measure all of them up,” Novorr mentioned.
That is greater than only a clothes donation to Central Excessive.
The observe gear shall be used on the sector, however the collared shirts and ties — they will not simply be used for touring on the highway, they’re going to serve a objective after highschool.
“We’ve stuff for job interviews, faculty interviews, funerals. That is the factor right here on this neighborhood, weddings,” Pittel mentioned. “So we’ve one thing that may change them and make them look good.”
The Blue Eagles say they’re able to look good on recreation day.
“It isn’t one thing regular, it is a one time factor, so it means loads,” Devante Harrington, a soccer participant at Central, mentioned.
That is about bringing a staff collectively, earlier than they break the huddle.
“Be ok with themselves on Friday, it is one image of what occurs if you simply do one good factor,” Barber mentioned.
Central performs on the highway this Friday towards Lexington.