Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters climbed out of the truck, walked to the back and immediately started getting to work. This was Saturday afternoon, in front of the Gregg/Klice Community Center located near 18th and Vine, and Peters’ first Kansas City Christmas Coat Giveaway was about to commence. In the back of the truck were 300 winter coats, all provided by Adidas, that needed to be hauled into the center for distribution to underprivileged local youths. And that’s exactly what Peters did. He proceeded to hand out coats, sign pieces of clothing and take pictures with the youths and the parents who brought them. “This is all Marcus,” said Nick Ayre, a sports marketing assistant manager for Adidas who attended the giveaway. “He’s always looking to give back to the community, whether it’s Oakland or Kansas City.” The community center reached out to Peters, through the Chiefs, to be a partner in a coat drive they were holding this month. Peters eventually agreed, and with the help of Adidas —– which sponsors Peters and safety Eric Berry –– sent 300 jackets directly to the team’s practice facility. Peters then loaded a truck and drove over to the center on Saturday. During the two-hour event, Peters received assistance from many people, including teammate Spencer Ware, actor Paul Rudd –– a Kansas graduate who is in town for the holidays — and members of the Beta Omega and Omicron Xi chapters of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Chiefs’ Marcus Peters gives away 300 coats to local youths for Christmas
Kansas City Star | Dec 24