Good job by the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams organizations for taking Friday night's game as an opportunity to recognize those who have helped in the rebuild of Joplin, Mo. after tornados ravaged the town and, just as importantly, collecting money to aid in those rebuild efforts.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Chiefs president Mark Donovan and Rams COO and Executive VP of football operations Kevin Demoff announced today that they'll have several Joplin-related items on tap for Friday's game.
"Missouri is fortunate to be one of a handful of states with more than one NFL franchise, and it is always exciting to see the Chiefs and Rams square off in the Governor's Cup Game," Gov. Nixon said. "At the same time, it's also great to have these two hometown organizations that truly care about the people of Missouri."
First things first -- the money. You can donate money as you walk through the gates on Friday night. At the end of the day, that's what Joplin needs in order to continue rebuilding the city (and lots and lots of volunteers).
The second thing, which is arguably as important, is creating more awareness of the continuing rebuild efforts. Friday's game will highlight first-responders and other volunteers that have contributed to the efforts in Joplin.
Some members of the Chiefs will also be wearing the Joplin hats and shirts that we've seen since their visit earlier this summer.