DERRICK JOHNSON PARTNERS WITH STATE FARM INSURANCE TO GIVE 175 AREA CHILDREN BACKPACKS & SCHOOL SUPPLIES AT ARROWHEAD STADIUM
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Photos by Jesse Blacklaw Photography
Kansas City, MO (August 6, 2014) – Yesterday, Kansas City Chiefs’ All-Pro Linebacker Derrick Johnson partnered with State Farm Insurance to donate 175 backpacks filled with school supplies to Kansas City-area children from low income, inner city families.
The program is called “Gearing Up!,” the first charitable giving initiative hosted on behalf of Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation. Johnson and 14 State Farm Agents invited 175 kids from area organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Police Athletic League, Rose Brooks Center and Kansas City Missouri School Districts, to come to Arrowhead Stadium. Johnson greeted the children personally and joined them in the Chiefs’ Sports Lab powered by Blue KC, part of the NFL Play 60 initiative, to play. During this time, the children were also invited to take private, guided tours of the stadium.
At the end of the evening, Johnson met with each child individually. He signed an 8x10 photo and handed them their backpack, wishing them good luck during the school year along the way.
“This is really what Defend the Dream is all about,” said Johnson. “Education is so important – it’s the gateway for everything. It’s too easy to fall behind if you don’t start off on the right foot. This seemed like the perfect way to kick everything off.”
In addition to the generous supply donation, State Farm Agents in attendance helped Derrick distribute backpacks.
“A key part of State Farm’s mission is to help people realize their dreams,” said State Farm Agent Mike Parisi. “Seeing these children’s eyes light up when they interact with a football superstar is rewarding, because we know it will inspire them toward their own dreams. In the end, we share the same goal as DJ’s Foundation – to help build safer, stronger, and better educated communities in Kansas City.”
Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation is currently planning several other literacy-based programs to implement during the school year. For more information on these and other programs, visit www.derrickjohnson56.org.
About Derrick Johnson’s Defend the Dream Foundation
Derrick Johnson founded the Defend the Dream Foundation in 2013 with the mission to provide low income and inner-city youth with opportunities and educational resources to reach their full potential. Visit www.DerrickJohnson56.org for more details.
About State Farm®:
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 41 on the 2014 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com or in Canada http://www.statefarm.ca.
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