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Chiefs Ambassadors, Cheerleaders Help Build Joplin Playground

The Kansas City Chiefs got involved in building a new playground for a Joplin, Mo.-based school Thursday. A group of former players and cheerleaders from the Chiefs organization, along with the Joplin School District and Kaboom -- a national non-profit group aimed at creating and maintaining play spaces for children -- built the new playground at Beacon School in Joplin.

The area was devastated by a tornado in the spring of 2010, leaving damage requiring years of work to rebuild.

The group Thursday, though, needed just six hours from groundbreaking to ribbon-cutting on a playground area and a walking track the school district hopes can be used by the community.

Along with slides and a swing set, the group built a handicapped entrance, a plant box, picnic tables and a large map of the United States.

The Chiefs support the NFL's Play 60 initiative, which encourages kids to get at least an hour's worth of exercise a day.