Kansas City Chiefs Chris Jones makes large donation to Special Olympics Kansas
KANSAS CITY – Chiefs Defensive Tackle Chris Jones has made a “massive donation” to Special Olympics Kansas (SOK).
Right now, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Special Olympic athletes are sidelined. The Lifted campaign aims to help lift their spirits by sending them a personalized message.
Organizers say Jones is a champion for SOK and has made a donation to sponsor 1,200 postcards for athletes.
“We are so excited to have Chris join us in our efforts to lift athlete’s spirits during this unprecedented time,” said Heather Waters, Special Olympics Kansas spokesperson. “Our athletes are struggling with isolation and missing opportunities to train and compete with their teammates. Getting a postcard from Chris is going to lift a lot of athletes.”
The Lifted Campaign allows anyone to purchase a postcard and leave a personalized message for a Special Olympics Kansas athlete. Volunteers are handwriting the messages on cards that are then mailed out to athletes around the state.
The goal of the campaign, which kicked off April 1, is to send each one of the 4,300 athletes throughout Kansas a postcard with an uplifting message.
Through April 7, Special Olympics Kansas had received orders for 45 postcards. Jones’ donation April 8 lifts the campaign to 29 percent of its goal.
Jones is a Special Olympics Kansas Champion. In 2019, he hosted Special Olympics athletes from Kansas and Missouri at Chiefs Training Camp. He is also planning special events for athletes in 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions lift.