Chiefs swap helmets for Santa hats, helping young football players choose gear

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LEAWOOD, Kan. -- The Kansas City Chiefs traded in helmets for Santa Hats to help the jolly old elf with some of his Christmas duties Thursday night.

Travis Kelce, Charcandrick West and Dontari Poe showed up at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Leawood to surprise nearly two-dozen members of the Football and Cheerleadling Club of Johnson County.

They handed over gift cards and became personal shoppers for the 20 younger football players. The Chiefs used their expert advice to help each player choose items they need on the football field.

“To see their faces light up when they saw us, it warms your heart it makes you feel good about what you do and the type of influence you can have on the young ones," said Kelce.

"Growing up I wish I had something like this, people doing things like this, it's a great opportunity for us and the kids," said West.

The event was part of the Leawood Town Center store's "sports matter" program.

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