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Chiefs’ visit to Midwest Genealogy Center included in busy community service week

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith.

The Chiefs’ quarterbacks accompanied local high school quarterbacks from the Independence School District — Truman, Van Horn and William Chrisman — on a tour of the Midwest Genealogy Center on Wednesday.

The center, which is a part of the Mid-Continent Library System, is a resource for helping people trace their family history. It contains almost 750,000 on-site materials.

To introduce the students to the facility, the Chiefs’ quarterbacks — Alex Smith, Tyler Bray and Joel Stave — took the kids on a Kansas City-themed scavenger hunt.

“It was an introduction for all of us into the genealogy center and how it works,” Smith said. “And a chance for us to take part in that was really cool.”

At the end of the hunt, the students also got to ask the players questions.

“It was fun to get real with those guys in there and let them ask some questions and be honest with them,” Smith said.

It was one of several community-service events the team has held the last several week. On Thursday, the Chiefs’ linebackers held a Play 60 clinic for youth with special needs, and on Tuesday the defensive backs visited The Children’s Place to read to students and participate in classroom activities.