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Kansas City Chiefs and The University of Kansas Health System Partner to Host Chiefs Fantasy Camp

Published: 06/14/2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The fifth annual Chiefs Fantasy Camp, benefiting the Center for Concussion Management at The University of Kansas Health System, will welcome nearly 100 participants to Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15.

"We are very excited to once again team up with our partners at The University of Kansas Health System to host the fifth-annual Chiefs Fantasy Camp," Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. "It offers a one-of-a-kind Chiefs experience to participants while also supporting the Center for Concussion Management at the health system and we are proud to partner together to help the community."

"Fantasy Camp gives participants the chance to live their dream of being a Chief, but it also helps thousands of young athletes safely play the sports they love," said Bob Page, President and Chief Executive Officer of The University of Kansas Health System. "Proceeds from this event support our Center for Concussion Management, where our academic medicine experts are on the leading edge of concussion management research and treatment. Together we are helping ensure coaches, school nurses, parents and young athletes in our region and across the country understand the critical importance of preventing, recognizing and responding to concussions."

The 2018 edition of Chiefs Fantasy Camp will begin with a reception at Arrowhead Stadium from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 14. The all-inclusive reception affords participants the ability to mingle with former Chiefs greats including Dante Hall and Priest Holmes. Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt and President Mark Donovan will conduct an exclusive Q&A with Voice of the Chiefs Mitch Holthus to discuss a number of team and league topics. Following the Q&A, participants will head to the Chiefs locker room to find their locker, see their personalized jersey and receive other complimentary Nike gear before finishing the evening with a special event and activities under the lights at Arrowhead Stadium.

On Friday, campers will settle in for their day-in-the-life of a Chiefs player that will last from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. They begin the morning with a breakfast panel that includes Head Coach Andy Reid and General Manager Brett Veach. Following the breakfast discussion, participants will break down film with Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Defensive Coordinator Bob Sutton. Campers will hit the field for stretching at 9:25 a.m., led by Chiefs Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Barry Rubin, before getting into on-field drill stations that will be led by former Chiefs players.

Participants will take a break for lunch, which will be followed by an exclusive Q&A panel with current Chiefs players that will be moderated by Holthus. Following the panel, campers will head to the locker room for a pep talk from former Chiefs player and team captain, Pro Football Hall of Famer Will Shields before running out of the Arrowhead Stadium tunnel for the culmination of their preparation – the Chiefs Fantasy Camp 7-on-7 flag football tournament. Tournament play will be wrapped up by 4 p.m. with an awards ceremony to take place in the Locker Room Club to close out the event.

Proceeds for the two-day-event will benefit the Center for Concussion Management at The University of Kansas Health System. The Center of Concussion Management is innovative in the field of concussion research and treatment. The care team is led by four physicians from different specialties and a patient navigator. They are supported by nurses and other caregivers at the health system, with a research component that involves staff at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Doctors at The University of Kansas Health System treat mild to severe concussions in adults and young people – not just athletes. They assess symptoms to make sure the care given helps brains heal so memory and cognitive functioning are fully restored and the chances of a second concussion are minimal.

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