Dan Meers nearly died when a bungee jump stunt went awry above the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium in 2013. He crashed into the stadium seats and landed himself in the hospital for nine days.
Meers, the man inside the Chiefs’ KC Wolf mascot suit, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, March 20, in the Milford High School north gym.
His all-ages presentation will focus on courageous leadership and living a life of influence.
Meers was the first NFL mascot inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame in 2006. He travels the world entertaining both in and out of costume, having performed in more than 40 U.S. states and 12 different countries, averaging 350 appearances each year.
Milford Chamber of Commerce President Erica Pallas said bringing Meers to Milford was a no-brainer.
“We have a lot of Kansas City Chiefs fans in the area,” she said. “He is also the longest-running professional mascot. He’s been a mascot for 33 years.”
Meers offers several presentations geared toward different audiences, drawing on his experiences in motivating people. His talks range from business and corporate programs to educational and youth presentations to those for church and faith-based settings.
“I have heard him speak, and Katie (Wergin, another Chamber board member) has heard him speak. He spoke to a group of educators awhile back and just had a really great message about influence,” Pallas said.
He has written two books, “Wolves Can’t Fly” and “Mascot on a Mission: Living a Life of Influence,” which will be on sale at the event.
Proceeds from his book sales go toward mission work through the Character That Counts ministry.
The event is a fundraiser for the Milford Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from ticket sales will support Milford Fun Days in August.
“We try to do one or two big fundraisers a year,” Pallas said.
It was just a coincidence that the Chiefs won the Super Bowl in February, she added.
“This was booked before the Super Bowl. We’ve had it booked since before Christmas. We got lucky with that one,” Pallas said.
Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring Meers’ presentation in Milford may contact Katie Wergin at (402) 641-9432 or email email@example.com. Sponsorships are due by March 3.
Tickets for the event are $10 per person and are available online at bit.ly/kcwolf or at the door.