The fourth 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 15 and Friday, June 16. In addition, National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell will make an appearance and hold an exclusive Q&A panel for Chiefs Fantasy Camp participants during Friday’s events.
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“Chiefs Fantasy Camp has been delivering a one-of-a-kind Chiefs experience to participants for the past three years, and we are looking forward to this year’s camp,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. “Having Commissioner Goodell join us and our partners at The University of Kansas Health System for part of this year’s event is a unique opportunity for the participants and reinforces the important work that the Health System is doing right here in the community through their Center for Concussion Management.”
“While Fantasy Camp will give participants an experience they will never forget, it also supports the Center for Concussion Management at The University of Kansas Health System. Proceeds from this event support research and clinical concussion care,” Bob Page, The University of Kansas Health System President and CEO said. “As the science of concussion management continues to evolve, our health care providers offer patients the most up to date treatment only an academic medical center can provide. We are proud to partner with the Kansas City Chiefs and appreciate the impact together we can have on this community.”
The 2017 edition of Chiefs Fantasy Camp will begin with a reception at Arrowhead Stadium from 6 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 15. The all-inclusive reception affords participants the ability to mingle with former Chiefs greats including Christian Okoye and Dante Hall, among others, as well as former Chiefs Head Coach Dick Vermeil. Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt 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 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. They begin the morning with a breakfast panel that includes Head Coach Andy Reid and General Manager John Dorsey. Following the breakfast discussion, participants will break down film with Vermeil and former players, who will be acting as team captains. Campers will hit the field for stretching at 9:45 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 Goodell, Donovan, Chiefs P Dustin Colquitt and Chiefs WR Chris Conley that will be moderated by Holthus. Following the panel, campers will head to the locker room for one last pep talk from Vermeil 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 a happy hour and awards ceremony to take place in the DraftKings Fantasy Sports Penthouse 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.