For the Chiefs September 23, 2018, game against the San Francisco 49ers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC) and the Chiefs selected Don Sumple, CEO and Executive Director of Angel Flight Central, as the Blue KC Chiefs Kingdom Champion. Prior to kickoff, Sumple received on-field recognition and conducted the ceremonial first pass to Ken Kremer before touring the Chiefs broadcast booth and enjoying the game.
“I am truly humbled to accept this honor on behalf of our volunteer pilots, ground volunteers, board members, donors and our small staff,” said Sumple, who took over as CEO of Angel Flight Central in 2009. “These hard-working and dedicated individuals truly ‘give hope wings’ each and every day. I represented all of them on the field on Sunday.”
Following a career in broadcasting, including 11 years with Chiefs partner station 101 the Fox (KCFX), Sumple took over Angel Flight Central after being approached about the position by the organization’s incoming president and chairman. Sumple was familiar with Angel Flight Central and loved its mission, so he applied.