Park University and Kansas City Chiefs Announce Higher Education Partnership
The Kansas City Chiefs have announced that the NFL club has signed a partnership agreement with Park University that will make Park the Chiefs’ first-ever Official Higher Education Partner.
“We are very excited to announce this partnership with Park University,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. “In addition to being able to offer a valuable benefit to our Chiefs employees, we are especially excited to support and enhance Park University’s commitment to our military.”
Through the partnership, Chiefs employees will be offered a tuition assistance program. Any eligible Chiefs employee, coach or player will be qualified to receive reimbursement per any 12-month period for tuition while enrolled at Park University. The new partnership will offer Park students numerous professional development opportunities, as executive members of the Chiefs organization will visit the campus for speaking engagements each quarter.
As part of the partnership, Park will become the presenting partner of the Chiefs Seasonal Assistant Program. The club will work with the University to create new concepts to further the program at the organization while giving Park students the opportunity to interview for a position in the program.
Park University has a longstanding tradition of honoring military members and supporting veterans. Thirty-three of the University’s 41 campuses are on military installations throughout the country. Park will be this year’s presenting partner at the Chiefs Draft Day III event. This will be the third year that the event will be hosted at a military base, with this year’s event at Fort Riley, Kan. In addition, the Chiefs will recognize a Park student or graduate that is a military veteran during the club’s annual Salute to Service game this season.
“I believe that Park University’s partnership with the Kansas City Chiefs will help increase public awareness of the University’s academic programs,” said Park Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Shane Smeed. “We also look forward to Park students having opportunities to be involved with one of the most successful professional sports franchises in the country.”