“Bigs” Marvin and Bev Myers, with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, attended Chiefs training camp with their “Little” Tye Halley on Thursday.
The three have been together the past eight years and come from Maryville, Missouri.
“We used to try to do something every week, like a couple hours every week, but since he’s gotten to high school, he’s busier with, you know, football and stuff like that,” Marvin Myers said. “So it’s about twice a month now.”
Regardless of the frequency, this is the fifth year in a row the three have watched the Chiefs practice together.
Halley speculated that the Chiefs have a good chance at making it to the Superbowl this year.
“If it’s like the Rams game, probably a high-scoring game, probably over 1,000 yards combined,” Halley said. So it’ll probably be 42 to 30-something, but we’ll see.”
Marvin Myers smiled and added, “He’s got it all figured out.”
Kansas City Power and Light has hosted the groups.
Missouri state Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, works for KCP&L as the North District Community Affairs manager. He was welcoming individuals to the VIP tent.
“It’s really our way of giving back to the community and the youth — bring them out here, give them an inspirational message by former Chief players,” Hegeman said.
Those former players were Chiefs linebackers Shawn Barber (2003-2005) and Anthony Davis (1994-1998).
“I know growing up I didn’t have a big and I wish I would have,” Davis said. “Just to see it in a kid’s eyes and how much they appreciate it and we just add another layer to it to say ‘good job’ to both big and little.”
The Missouri Leadership group organized by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry also was one of the groups inside the VIP tent.
Kristie Arthur with the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce is an alumna of the group, and is helping with the tour around town. Besides training camp, that tour included Downtown, the Shakespeare Chateau, Tiger’s Den and Parties on the Parkway.
“They’ll also tour Hillyard, one of our largest employers in St. Joseph that has been around for a long time,” Arthur said. “They’ll get to learn a lot about the history of St. Joseph and all the great things we’re doing.”