August 2008 / Bott Radio Network and The Kansas City Chiefs Rekindle Faith & Family Night, Saturday August 16th
Bott Radio Network was blessed to be a part of rekindling a tradition begun during the Jack Steadman era of the Kansas City Chiefs:
Faith and Family Night.
A preseason, near sellout crowd poured into Arrowhead to see the Chiefs take on the Arizona Cardinals. Before the game several Christian musicians played for tailgating fans and testified for Jesus Christ.
While the outcome of the game was not as hoped for as the Chiefs lost 27-17, the spirit of those who came for Faith and Family Night was bright.
Due to the Chiefs and Bott Radio Network’s efforts to foster community growth, the post game festivities offered a true ‘victory’ after the game-
Victory in Christ. Over 1,100 people gathered in the end zone to hear Chiefs players, FCA officials and BRN staff offer encouragement.
Defensive Tackle T.J. Jackson, #99, Free Safety Jon McGraw #47, and Tackle Tre Stallings, #61 of the Chiefs offered outstanding testimonies and challenged the crowd to strengthen their own walk with God. They were introduced by FCA Field Associate and local leader Paul Coffman. Paul spoke and then introduced Chiefs Hall of Famer Gary Spani. Gary now serves in the front office of the Chiefs as Director of ticket and events Marketing. Dan Snell, Bott Radio Network Regional Manager here in Kansas City along with Pat Rulon, National Director of Sales
welcomed the crowd and thanked them for their wonderful response. Plans for 2009 Faith and Family Night are already underway. Anyone interested in
serving on a committee to plan and produce an even bigger event are encouraged to call Dan Snell or Pat Rulon at Bott Radio Network's Corporate Offices in Overland Park, Kansas at 913-642-7770.
During the pre-season game, Chiefs running back Larry Johnson, #27, charges forward for a short gain against the Arizona Cardinals.
The ball is about to be snapped into the hands of Brodie Croyle, #12, the Chiefs quarterback. Fans enjoyed faith, family and football together, Saturday, August 16th.
Kansas City Chiefs mascot KC Wolf entertains fans just prior to testimonies being given at Faith & Family Night at Arrowhead Stadium.
Faith & Family Night attracted these family members! From left to right are Isaiah Grant, just visible behind his Mom is Patrick Grant, Bott Radio Network Production Associate Helaine Grant, Alec Derritt, in the foreground, Shawn Derritt, who sang before the game and is part of Christ Inner Healing Ministries (http://www.christihm.com) and Katie Raquel.
A portion of the 1100 or so fans who stayed after the game to hear former and current Chiefs players speak of their faith in Jesus Christ to save the lost.
BRN's Director of National Sales Pat Rulon, left, and Kansas City Regional Manager for Bott Radio Network Dan Snell, right, stand on the field after the game. Dan introduced Pat to the crowd and then introduced and welcomed Paul Coffman, Field Associate for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and former Green Bay Packer and Kansas City Chief.
FCA Field Associate and Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Paul Coffman encouraging the crowd as he introduces current Chiefs players.
Chiefs Director of Tickets and Events Marketing Gary Spani spoke and helped introduce current players on the Chiefs roster. Gary was K-State University's first All American in 1977 and still holds the all time tackles record at the University. A team captain in 1983, he also holds the all time tackles record for the Chiefs. He was inducted into the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2003.
Chiefs Free Safety Jon McGraw, #47, spoke of the challenges of training camp away from family and how important daily faith is to stay strong in a competitive environment.
Defensive Tackle T. J Jackson, # 99, spoke from his heart after the game about faith leading him through whatever the NFL may hold and on into the future.
Chiefs Tackle Tre Stallings, #61, spoke about faith infiltrating every area of life and encouraged the fans to walk steady with Christ through good and bad times.
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