Chiefs Defense Wins On And Off The Field in 24′ Charity Game

KANSAS CITY – On Thursday night, the Kansas City Chiefs had the opportunity to show off something besides their football skills. They got to showcase their softball skills. Hundreds of fans came out to support the annual Kansas City Charity Softball Game held at the Kansas City Monarchs’ home – Legends Field. The event was previously hosted by former Chiefs receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, but MVS was released during this current offseason to free up cap space for General Manager Brett Veach and the Chiefs Front Office. Valdes-Scantling has since signed a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills in an attempt to fill the hole left by recently departed Stefon Diggs. 

Someone needed to step in for MVS, and Chiefs Lineman Trey Smith and Safety Justin Reid stepped forward to take over the reins as Co-Hosts. The event was set up in an offense vs. defense format which took the night to a new level as they served as team captains of their respective side of the ball. Throughout the night there was constant trash-talk and playful taunts. The fans that showed up to watch the event seemed to have an incredible time, watching a fireworks show of offense. 

Trey Smith (left) and Justin Reid prior to the Kansas City Charity Softball Game (Parker Johnson/IONYOU Media)

Chiefs rookie Louis Rees-Zammit received a roaring ovation from the crowd both times he stepped to the plate, showing the support he has received as he attempts to convert from rugby to football. Even though his softball experience totaled little to none, he was able to showcase his athleticism by knocking a home run out for the offensive side. After touching home, Louis said, “I guess I am a softball player now”. The Chiefs Kingdom is hoping this athleticism will complement an already extremely talented backfield and special teams unit.

Notable names in attendance included Nick Bolton and Drue Tranquill who both knocked out home runs for the defense. There were over twenty players that showed up, including a strong showing from the defensive side of the ball. It was the defense who won, stemming from an elite performance, something they have a perfect blueprint for following this last season’s Super Bowl-winning season. Steve Spagnulo was also there, cheering on his squad that will look to become the first team ever to win three straight Lombardis.

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While the night was full of laughter and fun, the most important thing that resulted was that the night raised over $200,000 for Trey Smith and Justin Reid’s charities. It was a special evening to showcase how the reigning Super Bowl Champions are getting it done on the field (or diamond) as well as in their investment into the community.

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