Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali and several of his teammates participated in an event at the Bishop Sullivan Center in Kansas City, Missouri, this evening where hundreds of people lined up to receive the blessings of Hali and his fellow Chiefs to feed the homeless. Entering into the Center was a sign that stated that Hali was the person responsible for all of the food provided from a local Italian restaurant. Meals included pasta, salad, breadsticks and more (www.KMBC.com).
The Chiefs players were also happy to give out autographs, smiles and encouragement along with the food that nourished over 300 people.
So many well-known athletes have rebuffed the concept of being heroes in return for choosing to NOT live as real-life heroes, instead making their own life choices on their own terms. They have thrown away the opportunity they have been given to be the choice of a hero; however, Hali and his teammates have made an incredible gesture to the Kansas City community that shows that they are heroic.
Hali expressed his need to give back to the Kansas City community and pointed out that hunger was not just a Kansas City problem, but it was a problem that is worldwide (www.KMBC.com). He humbly stated that what he and his teammates did tonight was just a small gesture in the grand scheme of the world, but for the people eating at the Bishop Sullivan Center, these Kansas City Chiefs have served as true heroes.
The Center is named after Bishop John Sullivan, who was the bishop of the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese from 1977 until 1993. Bishop Sullivan, never one to put on airs, was always concerned about the poor.
“Our mission is to provide basic necessities to people who are unable to do so, and to assist those who are able, to become self-sufficient by finding employment” (Bishop John Sullivan Center 1).
Bishop John Sullivan Center. 6435 Truman Rd. Kansas City, MO 64126. Phone: 816-231-0984.
“Tamba Hali, Chiefs Teammates Serve Meals to Homeless.” www.kmbc.com Oct. 29, 2013.