Leading up to the Week 1 matchup on September 7 between the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs, the NFL will host a series of community and service events throughout the week to celebrate the start of the league's 2023 season and to give back to the region that is home to the Super Bowl LVII Champions.
Community impact remains an important part of Kickoff Week and this year, the NFL is focusing on four events that touch several of the league’s priorities and initiatives. By giving back to students, honoring service members, participating in greening projects and partnering with key league sponsors, the NFL family will unite to strengthen the community by leaving a lasting, positive impact on Kansas City and its surrounding areas. In addition to community events, the NFL is making monetary donations to a Kansas City safe shelter for survivors of domestic abuse and an LGBTQ+ resource and community enter.
The NFL is partnering with Lowe's to donate $100,000 to refurbish the USO Center at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri as a culmination of Lowe's 'It's Your Call' Super Bowl LVII social campaign. Fans voted for a USO center near the Super Bowl champions’ hometown as the project recipient. The center serves the more than 100,000 service members who train annually on the base.
In partnership with league sponsor Verizon, the NFL is teaming up with Operation Breakthrough to plant trees in honor of the NFL's 32 teams in celebration of the start of the season. More than 50 students will help plant the trees on the campus of Operation Breakthrough, a program that provides 700 of Kansas City's most vulnerable children and their families with opportunities to learn and connect. As a part of NFL Green's community initiatives for kickoff, Kansas City Community Gardens will also receive a grant from the NFL to revitalize the 63rd Street Community Garden.
Before September 7 and as a part of the league's Inspire Change initiative, the NFL and Little Caesars Love Kitchen will team up with KC's Downtown Community Services Center (DCSC) “The Beehive” and NourishKC Kansas City Community Kitchen to host a celebratory and impactful event serving hot meals to those in need.
Additionally on Thursday, the NFL will host an event with students at Platte City Middle School to introduce the league's Character Playbook program, which provides over a million students in middle schools annually with the social emotional skills they need to be successful.