The Derrick Thomas & Neil Smith Third and Long Foundation strives to "sack" illiteracy by providing the support necessary to improve reading skills of students in the Greater Kansas City area.

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2nd Annual Day 58!

What started out as an idea inspired by one of our board members, came together as one of the most successful philanthropic events for the organization.  Like other non- profits, we were tackled by the Covid-19 pandemic, but continued to meet the needs of students and families during this time. Because of your generous contributions, we were able to “move the giving cup down the field” and score a “Touchdown”! It’s a win for us and because of you, we’ve decided to capture this day as an annual event!

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Community Service awards luncheon
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Congratulations to the 2022 Derrick Thomas Community Service Award Winner

Alex Israelite from Blue Springs South High School and to 2022 Neil Smith Community Service Award Winner Sanai Kintchen from St. Teresa's Academy 

3RD AND LONG KPRS 10 21 21
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Christina Moore, Foreign Language Academy
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If you or your child is an alumni of the 3rd and Long Program please let us know how you are doing. We are always looking for successful Alumni to feature on our website or to speak at one of our events.