NFL player sends books to his Mississippi elementary school

October 9, 2021 GMT

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) — Students at an elementary school in Mississippi are receiving backpacks and books from an education program affiliated with the Kansas City Chiefs.

A 25-year-old cornerback for the team, Charvarius Ward, chose Otken Elementary in McComb, Mississippi, for the donations because he went to school there when he was young, the Enterprise-Journal reported.

The Chiefs’ Kingdom United Program aims to teach the importance of reading and promote diversity and unity.

Otken Elementary students are set to have once-a-month virtual reading days with Ward. He played at Mississippi’s Hinds Community College and at Middle Tennessee State University before entering the NFL in 2018.