In addition to the 2020 Summer Olympics being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Special Olympics-related events across the country have been cancelled due to the coronavirus threat. What was meant to be an opportunity for athletes with disabilities to train and showcase their skills across numerous sports has now been taken away, and no clear return to normalcy is in sight.
Special Olympics Kansas was one of the organizations who suddenly had to send its athletes home due to the pandemic, and many were struggling with the inability to get out and train. Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones decided to help these people out, and has generously decided to write over 1,000 postcards, one for each Special Olympics Kansas athlete.
It's an incredibly kind-hearted gesture in a time when many are struggling with isolation from the activities and people they love most. Receiving a personal postcard from a fellow athlete -- especially someone like Chris Jones, a Super Bowl champ who is actively involved with the organization -- will surely go a long way in lifting up the Special Olympics Kansas community.
Jones has spent his entire four-year NFL career in Kansas City, and helped win the team's first NFL crown in 50 years. Above all, however, it is selfless acts like these that will only further endear him to a community that already adores him.