By Marty Denzer
Catholic Key Reporter
KANSAS CITY — Win or not, a football game is always an excuse to party, especially during Monday Night Football in the exclusive North Club at Arrowhead Stadium. Former Kansas City Chiefs, now Chiefs Ambassadors, Ken Kremer and Deron Cherry and their wives are hosting a Chiefs watch party in the North Club Nov. 12 to benefit the Bright Futures Fund and support Catholic education in this diocese.
Fans can purchase Players tickets and attend the ultimate game experience and tailgate party before watching the Chiefs take on the Pittsburg Steelers seated by the fireside in the lounge. Or, purchasing an MVP ticket gets fans into a VIP reception with the Chiefs Ambassadors before the tailgate party and game. Both ticket purchases include free parking at Arrowhead Stadium.
The watch party also features food, drink, raffles, a silent auction, the Ambassadors and KC Wolf. Frank Boal, NBC-41 Action News and WHB 810 radio sports anchor will moderate the Insider Perspective and offer scoops on the players and the coaches.
October 29 brought excitement and two former Chiefs, Walter White and Dave Lindstrom, to Our Lady of Angels School, one of the three Strong City schools that will benefit from the Watch party. Walter White, tight end for the University of Maryland Terrapins, was a third round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 1975 whom the Kansas City Chiefs claimed off the waivers later that year. His first catch in his debut game as a Chief against the Denver Broncos was a 69-yard touchdown pass from Mike Livingston. Following his rookie year, White was awarded the Mack Lee Hill Award by his teammates. His career with the Chiefs spanned the years 1975-79, with over 160 receptions and a 14.9 yard average gain. He led the team in receiving in 1977. He has been a Chiefs Ambassador for a number of years and is Vice President of Commerce Bank’s Investment Group.
Dave Lindstrom was drafted by the San Diego Chargers out of Boston University in 1977 and played defensive end for the Chiefs from 1978-86. He is now a business owner, and serves as a Johnson County Kan. Commissioner. He is a former Republican nominee for Kansas Lt. Governor. He serves as treasurer for the Chiefs’ Ambassadors.
The two Ambassadors sat and chatted with the students at Our Lady of Angels, class after class. Both men spoke about studying hard, showing respect and friendliness toward teachers and friends, and growing up healthy and strong. White asked how many of the students had watched the Chiefs game the afternoon before. Grimaces accompanied several waving hands. White said, “Yes, the Chiefs lost, but we have to get over it and go on!”
Lindstrom urged the students in the eighth grade to think about AIR: attitude, integrity and respect. White suggested the students say “Good morning” to their teachers and friends and thank them for their work and friendship. He also encouraged the students in all grades to eat right and take care of their teeth.
Both men asked the sixth and seventh graders to smile, which they did, row by row. Smiling can make you feel better when you’re not feeling so great, Lindstrom said.
Then they got serious. Lindstrom asked the kids how many knew what they wanted to be when they grew up, and most raised their hands. He then said that one of the first steps when they decided what they wanted to do was to read about others who had successfully chosen the same career. The next step was to realize what sacrifices would have to be made in order to achieve their dream. White added, “You might have to sacrifice going to the movies on a Friday night if you want to be a football player. You might have to go to the gym and lift weights instead.”
Both talked about the values of education and team work. Then while talking to the third, fourth and fifth graders, White asked the kids a question. “Who am I?” he asked. A boy waved his arm back and forth: “Walter Somebody!” Amid the laughter, White pointed to Lindstrom. “What’s his name?” A voice piped up, “Dave Demonster?”
Before the former players left the classroom, they huddled with the students and on the count of three, all hollered “Team!”
“Walter Somebody” and “Dave Demonster” will be among the Ambassadors at the watch party.
MVP tickets are $75/person, and include the VIP reception, the watch party and free parking. Player tickets are $50/person and include the watch party and free parking. Full table reservations and various sponsorship-level tickets are also available. To purchase tickets, call Allison Hiatt, Special Events Coordinator, Bright Futures Fund, (816) 714-2362, or visit www.brightfuturesfund.org.
Watching Monday Night football in a lounge chair by the fire, chatting with Ken “Fuzzy” Kremer, Walter White, Dave Lindstrom, Deron Cherry or any of the Chiefs Ambassadors, sounds like a good time.