Kids In Need Foundation hosts Backpack Blitz with Team Tackle initiative

Backpack build to feature local sports champions and students as they build 4,000 backpacks filled with supplies to support kids in under-resourced schools


Kansas City, Missouri. (Dec. 4, 2023) – Kids In Need Foundation’s Team Tackle initiative will host its second Backpack Blitz on Monday, Dec. 4 in Kansas City. For the Backpack Blitz event, Kids In Need Foundation will team up with Kansas City champions and local students to assemble 4,000 backpacks filled with core school supplies for local students in under-resourced schools. Safety Mike Edwards and safety Nazeeh Johnson, guard Mike Caliendo and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire will participate in the event.

The event will take place at Northeast Middle School (4901 Independence Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64124) from 2:00pmCT – 3:00pmCT. Deloitte* and Bay Sales will provide support and supplies for the build.

Team Tackle is an initiative that brings professional football players together with Kids In Need Foundation (KINF) to raise visibility and support for every child in America to have equal opportunity and resources to engage in a quality education. Committed to supporting kids impacted by the Opportunity Gap, Team Tackle is an initiative of Kids In Need Foundation to support and inspire students in under-resourced schools in communities that have influenced their lives and careers.

“Kids In Need Foundation is excited to collaborate with dedicated organizations and champion football players passionate about education and supporting the needs of under-resourced students in Kansas City,” said Corey Gordon, CEO of Kids In Need Foundation. “Through this effort, we are able to ensure that 4,000 local students will have the school supplies they need for the second semester and finish the school year strong.”

KINF is the only national nonprofit that strategically focuses its efforts in schools in the nation’s most underserved communities, those with a student enrollment of 70 percent or more eligible to receive free or reduced meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). For more information about the KINF and its programs, please visit

About Kids In Need Foundation:

Kids In Need Foundation helps create equitable learning spaces through the distribution of supplies and resources, investing in teachers and students in underserved schools. With the belief that every child in America should have equal opportunity and resources to engage in a quality education, Kids In Need Foundation focuses its programs and initiatives on teachers and students most under-resourced, those where 70 percent or more of the enrolled students are eligible for free or reduced-cost meals through the National School Lunch Program. In 2022, through its programs, National Network of Resource Centers, and coast-to-coast local partners, Kids In Need Foundation and our national network supported over 7.7 million students and 333,169 teachers in 17,472 under-resourced schools, with KINF distributing more than $143 million in free school supplies and classroom resources nationwide at no cost to schools or teachers. For more information, visit, and join us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter: @KidsInNeed.

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