We are Playmakers!
My first memory of being a Kansas City Chiefs fan was when I was in first grade. My dad gave me a puffy, Chiefs coat; I remember it had snaps instead of a zipper. I loved the Chiefs (and, Elvis)! I played football at recess, watched (or listened) to football on the weekends, and we always went to a Friday night football game! I remember my first time at Arrowhead; it was so hot, and our seats were so high in the upper deck. I remember a man fainting near us from the excessive heat, and that is all I could think about - I was going to faint!
I continually cheered on the Chiefs, and then came the Derrick Thomas and Neal Smith era. Our defense was awesome! I went to the games regardless of the weather. I met them at the airport after the big playoff wins or losses. Derrick Thomas even handed me a rose! I have a picture to prove it! The players would sign my STARTER jacket as they headed to their cars. I vowed not to wash that jacket until we won a Super Bowl.
When I met Kevin, my husband, he knew he had to become a Chiefs fan. On his birthday one year, we were at the stadium during a torrential flood. He hasn't let me forget that one. Then came children. Arrowhead wasn't the best venue for very small children every weekend, so I gave up my season tickets and watched them faithfully every Sunday on TV.
When Brady was three, he played PeeWee football, and now I had two football outlets...the Chiefs and Brady. Brady played football for the next 17 years... for the Johnson County Football Club Mustangs, the Eagles, the Northland Raiders, The Rockhurst Hawklets, and finally his career ended as an SMU Mustang. I always told him I really wanted him to play for the Chiefs (wink, wink)!
I have always believed in the Chiefs even when they were 2-14. But, I would only buy a player's jersey if I thought they would last. I have a Tony Gonzalez jersey, a Derrick Thomas jersey, and a Patrick Mahomes jersey. When we drafted Mahomes, my dad said he is a keeper. I lost my dad last fall in the middle of an awesome season. I would spend my time talking to him in the hospital about the Chiefs. We enjoyed those conversations.
And, after all of these years of cheering on the Chiefs, we finally did it... we won the AFC championship game, we went to the Super Bowl, and we won it! I took Brady to the Super Bowl... he is a die hard fan like me! I promised myself that if and when we made it to the Super Bowl, I would be there. What an experience! Everyone was so happy... win or lose, we were all going to be happy, but to win was pure elation. I knew they were going to win... I never gave up!
As I told the faculty a week ago Oakhill is full of playmakers. We have raw talent throughout the building. We are a family; a true team. We know what plays to call to help each and every student find success. And, thank you for choosing Oakhill for another "season". As any team will, Oakhill has seen its ups and downs this past year; the wins and losses throughout the year, and good and bad calls. But, one thing you can always count on from this Oakhill team is 100% passion and dedication. We care about what we do and it shows.
Finally, our Oakhill Super Bowl of events is coming up this month; our Annual Auction! This event is important to Oakhill - it builds community, allows all of us to have fun together, and it typically raises approximately $150,000.00 for our annual budget. I hope to see everyone there!
Savor the winning season. Reflect on the greatness at Oakhill. Thank you for believing in us... and, I promise we will continue to be champions for your children.