Chiefs’ Dontari Poe hopes to make it a good holiday season for local youth

Terez Paylor

Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe hopes to make it a good holiday season for local youth.

In addition to his annual holiday T-shirt fundraiser, which raises money for his charity (Poe Man’s Dream Foundation), Poe is also holding an inaugural “Shark Tank”-like challenge for local at-risk youth.

The event, called Poe Man’s Challenge, is designed to teach young people how to pitch their own startup, which they will have an opportunity to do during the event on Dec. 13 in Kansas City.

“My idea was just doing something outside the box, something that kids generally don’t get from foundations,” Poe said. The event will feature a panel of celebrity and tech judges, including Poe and his teammates, who will judge which startup pitch is the best and award a scholarship to the winning team.

Poe is looking forward to the event, which will raise money for his Poe Man’s Dream Foundation. The foundation’s stated mission is to give underserved youth opportunities for success by providing them resources for personal development.

“It’s the minds of the youth; we were all once kids,” Poe said. “We want to put kids in position to thrive and put positive energy in the kids’ heads.”

The event will run from 6-9 p.m. at the offices of Think Big Partners in Kansas City. Tickets start at $30 and include food and drinks. There will also be a raffle and a silent auction of autographed memorabilia. Tickets can be purchased at

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