APPROXIMATELY 225,000 ADULTS IN THE KANSAS CITY AREA ARE CLASSIFIED AT THE LOWEST RATE OF LITERACY…

Derrick Thomas’ dream was to sack illiteracy among our urban youth. He knew that teaching children to read would help them avoid the societal issues of poverty, unemployment and poor health that develops out of being an illiterate adult. The Third and Long Foundation strives to keep his dream alive by changing the lives of 9 to 13 year old urban children facing challenging and even life-threatening situations. Through social, cultural, and educational activities and programs, the Third and Long Foundation helps participating children succeed in school and in an outside world possessing seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

READING CLUB

This weekly enrichment, reading, and tutorial program for youth ages 9 to 13 is a joint effort of Third and Long and local Kansas City School Districts. Certified instructors as well as community volunteers are teamed with small groups of students to provide motivational and supportive instruction promoting literacy.

MENTOR/CHILD PROGRAM

By providing one on one tutoring, this program accelerates the literacy development of urban middle school children. Participating teens also gain literacy instruction techniques.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Any student who participated in the Third and Long Reading Club for at least one year is eligible to apply for a renewable four year scholarship to any institution of higher learning including vocational, technical, etc.

The winners are recognized at the Scholarship Awards Ceremony Annually. For more information click on the link below:

 

Derrick Thomas Scholarship Form

Kim Frans Scholarship Form

Carl Peterson Scholarship Form

Third and Long Scholarship Form

Seasonal Luncheons

Luncheon meetings are held during the Kansas City Chiefs Football season. Former Kansas City Chiefs, visiting dignitaries and celebrities speak to community Third and Long Supporters. Third and Long children are introduced and make presentations on how the program has helped their lives.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

The Third and Long Foundation and the Kansas City Chiefs in conjunction with the local Price Chopper Stores provide full Thanksgiving baskets for needy families and area pantries

Recreational Outings

Children in the programs are taken to a Kansas City Chiefs football game every season as well as several other sporting and cultural events.

Kansas City Community Service Awards

Stay tuned for more information regarding The Derrick Thomas Community Service Award and other Community Service Awards available to outstanding KC Metro students

Community Service Award Letter

Derrick Thomas Community Service Award Nomination Form 

Neil Smith Community Service Letter & Nomination Form

PROGRAMS