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Former Kansas City Chiefs safety Deron Cherry visited the Joplin campus of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences on Tuesday to attend the first Score 1 for Health program offered by the school’s Joplin location, where about 100 students from West Central Elementary School received free health assessments from second-year medical students.

Score 1 for Health was founded 25 years ago by Cherry and Robert G. Ricci, late director of medical education at Park Lane Medical Center in Kansas City.

“It’s amazing for me to see this,” Cherry said. “I’m happy to be down here to watch this take place.”

In the program, the young students are partnered with a future osteopathic physician from KCU Joplin to receive physical, dental, lung, heart, vision, blood pressure and musculoskeletal exams. If any health problems are identified, students can then seek treatment from their primary care physician or be referred to a new one.

“It’s such a great program,” said Laura Rosch, dean of the campus. “It’s an early opportunity for the KCU students to receive clinical exposure to their first patients, and also for the children that come in to be able to be screened and possibly identify any conditions that might be important to be followed up on, or receive further treatment by their primary care physician.”

Rosch said that KCU Joplin seeks to grow the program locally and plans to look at partnering with four area elementary schools this year.

Cherry said the idea for the program started when he was about to retire from playing football and was approached by Ricci about working together to raise funds to improve health in the community. At the time, he was interested but did not know specifically what he would want funds to go toward.

Later, he was sitting at home watching the news and saw a story about an elementary school student who was about to be put in a learning disability program but found out that she only had a vision issue that could be solved with glasses.

“I said to myself at the time, ‘How many more of our kids are in school that are having issues that have gone undetected and are being labeled as kids who have disabilities when they really don’t?'” Cherry said.

After seeing that story, Cherry was inspired to begin the Score 1 for Health program to ensure that elementary school children could be healthy and succeed in school, as well as provide practice for medical students.

“Being able to do the screenings was something that we thought would be a great start toward benefiting these young kids as they start their career in education,” Cherry said. “In order for them to be successful, they have to be healthy, and doing these screenings makes that possible.”

Connor Bridge, a second-year student at KCU Joplin, said the program is a win-win for medical students and the community.

“We are here for our first two years and we’re hitting the books, we’re doing lectures and we’re practicing our exam skills on essentially actors,” Bridge said. “For these kids, they’re real patients. We get to listen to their heart and check their ears and hear how their day is and how school is, and I think that’s a really great chance for us to practice what we’re doing.”

The program also works as a way for the new campus to connect with the community, Bridge said.

“We are the first class in a new medical school, so Joplin may not know us that well or we don’t necessarily know Joplin well,” he said. “But this is a really great opportunity to infuse ourselves with the community and make a lasting impression.”

Joplin Mayor Gary Shaw, who visited the program’s launch Tuesday morning, said he was excited to see the future doctors interacting with elementary students.

“It’s just amazing to see the interaction that’s going on here,” he said. “It’s certainly a blessing for our community, no doubt about that. I’m just looking forward to the future we’re going to have with it as they (KCU Joplin) grow and we grow with them.”

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Kansas running back Curtis McClinton was one of those guys that spurned the NFL for the up and coming AFL. To put it into context, you have to consider that the rules were a little different back then. For one, McClinton was drafted in the 10th round (110th overall pick) of the 1960 NFL draft but returned to Kansas to play his senior season. Obviously, it wouldn’t work that way today. A year later, he was taken by the Dallas Texans in the 14th round (110th overall pick again!) of the AFL draft.

That pick had to be one of the shrewdest picks in football history. His college stats while at Kansas don’t jump out at you, but they are solid and steady. During his three years at KU (1959-61), he ran for 1414 yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry. His best season came in 1961 when he led the Big 8 in rushing touchdowns with eight. He even caught 10 passes at an average of 16.6 yards per catch and snagged an additional two more touchdowns through the air. He led KU to the 1961 Bluebonnet Bowl and scored a touchdown in a 33-7 demolition of Rice. McClinton also made the Sporting News All-American team that year.

As for his time in the pros, McClinton had a short but eventful pro career in the AFL. In 1962, the only season that he played in a Dallas Texans helmet, he was voted the AFL Rookie of the Year when he had a combined 937 yards from scrimmage. In the following years with the Kansas City Chiefs, McClinton established himself as one of the best run-catch threats in football.

His best season came in 1966 when he ran for 661 yards and led the league with six rushing touchdowns. He also caught 19 balls for 285 yards and an additional five more touchdowns. These numbers helped Kansas City win the AFL and participate in the first ever Super Bowl against the Green Bay Packers in January of 1967. McClinton was the first ever AFL player to score a TD in a Super Bowl when he caught Len Dawson’s seven yard second quarter pass. Of course the Chiefs lost that first encounter, but McClinton would not finish his career in KC without a championship.

McClinton played his last season of pro football in 1969, helping the Chiefs reach Super Bowl IV as a backup tight end. He didn’t see much action in that game, but he is one of a select few that can say they have won a Super Bowl for Kansas City. The three time AFL All-Star (1962, 1966, 1967) retired from football after that game. Since then, he has been elected to the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame and the Kansas football Ring of Honor.

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The NFL has released its list of finalists at the defensive line and linebacker positions for the NFL 100 All-Time Team.

A 26-person panel made up of coaches, front office executives, former players and NFL media have been hard at work since 2018, narrowing down the best 100 players of all time in NFL history. It’s part of the league’s celebration of its 100th season.

Over a six-week period, the best 100 players of all time will be revealed each Fridays on NFL Network. The reveal shows are hosted by Rich Eisen along with Cris Collinsworth and Bill Belichick. They also plan to have some special guests along the way.

The Kansas City Chiefs didn’t have any players during the first reveal at the running back position; however, they have five players among the finalists at defensive line and linebacker. Chiefs legends Bobby Bell, Willie Lanier, Derrick Thomas, Curley Culp and Buck Buchanan are among the finalists for this group. Each of these players has been selected for both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Chiefs’ Hall of Fame. From competing for  Super Bowl championships to individual accomplishments they’re all among the greatest to have ever played the game at their respective positions.

Tune in to NFL Network on Friday at 7 p.m. CT for the announcement of the defensive line and linebacker selections for the All-Time Team. With such a star-studded cast of former Chiefs, it’s hard to imagine that at least one of them won’t be selected for this honor.

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The line stretched as far as they could see, wrapping around a corner and down a seemingly endless hallway.

There were adults and kids alike – each equipped with a football, a flag or something else bearing an arrowhead – all gathered here in the heart of Fort Leavenworth to meet Kansas City Chiefs’ legend Christian Okoye and current tailbacks J.D. Moore and Aaron Ripkowski.

This was the conclusion of yet another visit to the installation – the oldest-active Army base west of the Mississippi River – and as the troops and their families each waited a turn, the contingent of running backs made time for all of them.

“It means the world to all of us here on the installation to have the players here,” said Col. Marne Sutten, who is stationed on the base. “We have a unique relationship with the Chiefs, and for them to take time out of their busy schedules to come out here and visit with the young soldiers is amazing. It’s good for the soldiers, it’s good for the community and it’s good for the relationship with Kansas City.”

Christian Okoye, JD Moore and Aaron Ripkowski visited Fort Leavenworth yesterday to spend time with service members and their families.

They even went home with 50 Chiefs Draft Fest tickets, thanks to @ParkUniversity! pic.twitter.com/dTbhPdHMIF
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The visit – which took place last week – included a brief tour of the base and a working dog demonstration, where the group had a chance to witness how military police dogs are trained for real-life situations.

There were cell phone videos and questions abound.

“This is an opportunity for us to teach about the military,” Sutten explained. “The fact that they’re interested in what we do is such a morale-booster for our soldiers. They take pride in this, and to have people that they consider to be their heroes take an interest in it, it’s just amazing.”

And as the event wrapped up with the autograph session, it was revealed that the players had come prepared with a surprise. The Chiefs, in partnership with Park University, were providing 50 tickets to Draft Fest – which took place this past weekend – for soldiers on-base.

It was an exciting way to end a fun afternoon, as Okoye, Moore and Ripkowski thanked the troops and their families for everything that they do.

“I’ve been doing some work for the military for a long time – I saw the kids coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan, and they are the true heroes,” Okoye said. “They’re the ones that actually sacrifice their health and lives. As football players, we play a game. We play for fun and for a career, so appreciating the things that they do is what we’re here for.”

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Spirits were lifted Wednesday at CAMC Women and Children’s Hospital in Charleston.

Santa, McGruff the Crime Dog, Charleston Police Department Officers, and U.S. Marines delivered gifts to the children patients and their families as part of the annual Christmas gift drop off with help from the U.S. Marines partnership with Toys for Tots.

“It’s always been exciting to see how it grows each year and how receptive everyone is for our presence here,” Sgt. Chris Burford with the Charleston PD told MetroNews.

“I think a lot of the time the officers take more from it than the kids do because it’s just a positive thing and we are so happy to do it. We wish we could do it more often.”

Around 30 children received a gift on Wednesday. Charleston PD noted that many of those children are very ill and will remain in the hospital during and well after the holiday season. Dozens of extra toys were left for future patients and those wanting extra spirit in the next few weeks.

Burford said Wednesday only added to many touching moments from this event throughout the years.

“There’s been years that we have done this where we have received a phone call the next day and a parent saying ‘thank you very much for stopping by the hospital because that was my child’s last day on Earth.’ That’s rough but it means a lot to us to come here.”

A staple for the event has been U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Charlie Ferrell attending and leading the charge. Ferrell, who had volunteered at the event for 46 years, passed away this year after an illness.

Charleston PD said Ferrell has been stated several times he wanted this hospital visit to continue and offered one of his favorite quotes, “If I had one wish in this world it would be that we could do more for other people because it would be such a better world.”

Ferrell served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963-1967. He was shot twice during the conflict in Vietnam and he received the distinguished Purple Heart Award.

Charleston PD hopes to continue the event for many years to come to honor Ferrell and make children’s holiday.

“It means a lot to our police department, the Marines, the Toys for Tots program,” Burford said. “This time of year is where you can really focus on caring and loving one another. That’s what it is all about.”

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PITTSBURG — Legendary Kansas City Chief and NFL Hall-of-Famer Bobby Bell’s words of encouragement capped off the NJCAA Championship Banquet on Wednesday at the Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center in Pittsburg.

President’s of both teams competing in the championship game on Thursday, Lackawanna and Mississippi Gulf Coast, exchanged gifts, and the NJCAA presented both head coaches with game balls ahead of the clash between the two teams.

Before the Banquet got off and running, a news conference was held where both teams got to answer questions from the media prior to banquet.

Lackawanna Head Coach Mark Duda closed the conference with remarks on how football allows student-athletes to be able to travel and see areas of the country they have never seen before.

Following the news conference, both teams got the opportunity to watch a highlight video of their season at the Championship Banquet.

Following dinner and the videos, the president of both schools took the podium to deliver short speeches, as well as coach Duda and MGC Head Coach Jack Wright.

Born in North Carolina, Bell spent his time on the podium sharing his experiences growing up during the segregation era, how that molded him into a hard-working young adult, and how he carried that blue-collar mindset to the University of Minnesota.

During his time with the Gophers, Bell helped the team win a national championship in 1960, and the Rose Bowl in 1962.

Bell remarked on the importance of staying disciplined, noting that the Chiefs linebacking group only committed five penalties in 12 years.

This year, Bell was named to the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.

Bell closed his Keynote Speech by displaying the lightning-quick reflexes that led him to a hall-of-fame career, playing a game with players from both teams where he would snatch a quarter out the palm of their hand before they could close it.

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There’s a reason so many people find the art world to be impenetrable and elitist  – it’s designed to be.

Don’t get me wrong, I love visiting my local art gallery; it’s a great place to take the kids, and often, I discover beautiful and thought-provoking pieces. But sometimes, I feel downright frustrated by the works that have been chosen for inclusion.

A few years ago, I encountered a memorable piece of modern art – a scrunched up piece of A4 paper, lying on the floor, surrounded by a do-not-cross rectangle, presumably to ensure the janitors didn’t sweep the thing up after the gallery closed.

I watched, as gallery patrons came and went, most spending several minutes staring, contemplatively, at the scrunched-up paper. Nobody laughed; there was only deferential silence. Seeking guidance, I read the accompanying plaque, which said something about how the scrunched up paper was representative of the creative struggle.

Maybe it was. But it was still a scrunched up piece of paper. And to me, that piece was a perfect representation of the insular nature of the art world, the fact that an elite group of insiders can magically imbue a piece of paper with a massive amount of monetary and cultural value, merely by proclaiming it so.

Earlier this week, Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s creation, “Comedian,” a banana duct-taped to a wall, was sold for $120,000. A few days later, the banana was eaten by a local performance artist, David Datuna.

“Comedian,” however, lost none of its value – the eaten banana was soon replaced by another, equally ordinary banana, which inherited the monetary value of the previous banana, and was even deemed important enough to warrant police protection, in the event of another hungry performance artist.

“[Datuna] did not destroy the artwork. The banana is the idea,” Lucien Terras, a director at the gallery, told the Miami Herald. Perhaps the entire thing was staged, a publicity stunt, like Banksy shredding his own artwork, an act which only increased the value of said work.

“Comedian” seems to be a meta-commentary on the nature of value, perhaps mocking those with the authority to transform a piece of fruit into a small fortune. But even viewing the piece in that context seems to be giving the banana too much credit – questioning the valuation of art isn’t exactly an original idea. More than a hundred years ago, Marcel Duchamp turned an ordinary porcelain urinal into a famous piece of art, titled “Fountain.” I’ve seen a replica of the piece in my local gallery, and I even stared at it, contemplatively.

Of course, no one can tell you what is art, and what is not; there’s no official definition, no clear boundaries. If it moves you, you can call it art. If it doesn’t, and you want to call it art regardless, that’s fine. If art is anything, it’s subjective.

To the outsider, modern art often appears incomprehensible, and the belief that art somehow “peaked” decades, or even centuries ago, isn’t uncommon. Admittedly, it is easier to see the effort and skill behind a classical painting or sculpture than many modern, abstract installations. The context behind modern art isn’t always obvious. But then again, the fact that a banana can be sold for $120,000 is outright obscene.

Great art still exists, often outside of the major art institutions, in the small spaces, sold in stands and tiny galleries, untainted by the tsunami of money flowing through the mainstream.

But much of the art world, to me, resembles a niche internet subculture, a community of insiders, sharing memes that rarely leave the circle, memes which become progressively self-referential and abstract, until they evolve to the point that an outsider could never interpret them. To the outside world, the meme might be indecipherable nonsense, but to the community, it is imbued with meaning.

That’s the art world, but with one crucial difference – profit. Art is bought and sold for obscene amounts of money, the subjective value distorted by buyers and sellers, transformed into cold, hard cash. Personally, I find it hard to believe that art can even exist in such a space.

In fact, memes might be more representative of the human experience than many of the pricey pieces of modern art that fill galleries and auction houses. I’m deadly serious – memes might be silly, crude, forgettable, but they are never created for the purpose of profit (well, advertising companies generate memes too, but let’s exclude them, for the sake of my point).

Generally speaking, memes are created for creation’s sake, in the hope that others will like, share, or be inspired to customize the image, some created for no reason at all. Like a single frame of celluloid film, one meme can only hold so much meaning, but if viewed as a collective, in the context of the countless memes in which it shares its image or theme, the meme offers a more insightful look at the subconscious of modern humanity than a banana, duct-taped to a wall.

Or a scrunched up piece of paper, for that matter.

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Mecole Hardman faces a steep learning curve as an incoming rookie wideout in Andy Reid‘s offense, but the Chiefs have pretty high hopes for him out of the gate.
Mecole Hardman admits there’s a serious learning curve at this point in his professional life.

The Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver was the team’s top overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, a second-round selection out of the University of Georgia at No. 56 overall for which general manager Brett Veach traded up five spots to secure. Safety Juan Thornhill would come a few spots later at No. 63.

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The Chiefs have been very intentional in their approach with Hardman, which means the learning curve is purposeful. The coaches have admittedly saddled him with a heavy load mentally to learn the game that comes so quickly to him on the field.

“It’s coming to me. It’s still fast though,” said Hardman from Thursday’s practice. “Just coming from college and the new material, new play calling, new concepts—it’s hard at first, but the more you do it, the more repetition you get, the easier it comes.”

There’s good reasons for the Chiefs pressing Hardman like they are. Hardman was the prize possession for Veach early on in the draft for two primary reasons. First and foremost on the minds of fans and analysts, the Kansas City Chiefs catapulted from great to historically great last season under new starter Patrick Mahomes. The cannon of an arm on Mahomes allows the team to stretch the field vertically due to the league-leading speed of wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Given the investigations into Tyreek Hill’s familial situation and home life this offseason, questions have arose about Hill’s availability in 2019, at least for a stretch of time.

Hardman, then, is an excellent substitute for Hill given his ability to take the top off of a defense vertically as well as his electric return abilities on special teams. The Chiefs’ offense is predicated on the mismatches created by Andy Reid’s clever play design, and Hardman is another athletic marvel for whom such meticulous plans will pay off.

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On the flip side, Hardman is also a way to keep from coasting offensively. Just when defenses think they’ve adjusted or at least got some sort of ideas on how they might stop an offense with Hill, tight end Travis Kelce, and wide receiver Sammy Watkins, now the Chiefs have dual vertical threats. It’s not enough just to have one guy who can keep pace with Hill’s incredible top-end speed and agility; now there are two top-shelf talents who will eventually learn in tandem how best to threaten defenders in deep coverage.

When and if the Chiefs are able to get all of their players on the field, it should be a nightmare for opposing coordinators. The challenge for the coaching staff now is getting Hardman to learn these schemes and plays as quickly as possible. Hardman gave one example of the coaching demands when asked about Dave Toub.

“He’s a perfectionist,” said Hardman of the Chiefs special teams coach. “I’m a perfectionist as well. I want to be right and do everything right. I think his expectation for me is high and that’s what I expect out of any coach that’s coaching me. The expectations are to be above the rules, so he’s a hard coach but he’s one who’s going to teach you and make sure you get better as the days go on.”

Hardman admits the learning curve isn’t just mental with the playbook; it’s also something he faces on the field as he learns the style and ability of Mahomes under center.
“I’m still learning from him—learning how he throws balls, learning where he wants me to be and where I need to be,” Hardman said. “I’d say the chemistry is growing and I’m getting comfortable every day with running my routes. Eventually, we’ll get it down and we’ll get it where we need to be … He’s got a great arm. He’s a good quarterback. Just being on the same field and talking with him and working with him, it’s impressive.

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Hardman had only 35 catches last year for the Georgia Bulldogs, but seven of those catches went for touchdowns. Hardman also had 543 receiving yards in 2018.