Established by Will Shields, former Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro Right Guard, the Will to Succeed Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, operating within the Kansas City Metro area, facilitates programs, provides assistance and resources to individuals, families and other charitable organizations who have little or no access to other aid. Most specifically, "Will to Succeed" seeks to inspire, guide and improve the lives of abused, battered and neglected women and children.



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  January, 2009

Quest for a MILLION pennies!Community America joinrf forces with Q104, KFKF, MIX 93.3 and STAR 102 to collect a million pennies to benefit the Will To Succeed Foundation.


The Wilks group of stations invitrf their listeners to gather their pennies from around the house… from penny pots and piggy banks, and deliver them to Community America Credit Union to help with “Quest for A Million Pennies.”


They met their goal and contributed the one million pennies ($10,000 dollars) to Will To Succeed.... THANK YOU!

  Q104 KFKF 94.1 Mix 93.3 STAR 102.1 Community America




    November 2008

Will to Succeed Foundation founders,
the Shields, Senia (L) & Will (R),
present Sisters Corrita and Berta
with a $405,000 donation in support
of Operation Breakthrough.



December 2007
2007 Shield Award recipient, Katherine Neet, recognized at annual Celebration event.  A volunteer with Camp Fire USA Heartland Council for 26 years, Neet began working with Camp Fire in 1981, serving as an assistant leader to her daughter’s Camp Fire club. Soon she became a club leader and gradually began taking on additional volunteer responsibilities to benefit her child, kids in her club and throughout Camp Fire in the Kansas City area.

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December 2007
Eagle Scout, Brian Junge , recognized at annual Celebration event for book drive project coordinated through Foundation.  A 13 year old 8th Grader at Oxford Middle School, Brian attained the rank of Eagle Scout in September, 2007, after participating in Cub and Boy Scouting for only 8 years. For his Eagle Scout project, Brian orchestrated the book drive by going door-to-door to collect books, personally working...
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October 2007
As open ceremony guest speaker for KC Metro Sports Youth's basketball tournament, Will  talks to over 600 youth participants, coaches and parents.  The event took place at the new College Basketball Experience a part of the recently opened Sprint Arena, downtown KCMO. 

Metro Sports Youth


October 2007
Will addresses the Junior League during their monthly program held at 68's Inside Sports. Will spoke to 65 women on Football 101, an evening of fun teaching women about football, how the game is played, terminology, even hand's on participation of how offensive & defensive players line up during the game!


September 2007
The Lenexa Chamber of Commerce welcomed Will Shields as the guest speaker at their monthly membership luncheon at the Radisson Hotel Lenexa-Overland Park on September 19, 2007.  Shields talked about his past endeavors, his future aspirations, and the significance of the Will to Succeed Foundation in the Kansas City community.



Thank You
 Ben and Jerry's

135th and Metcalf, Overland Park

For sponsoring "FREE CONE DAY"
Proceeds benefited Will to Succeed
Spring, 2007



Thank You
Metro Sports Youth
Time Warner Cable

For sponsoring 2 "Book Drives"
that netted 4,800 children's books
during your February & April
Youth Basketball tournaments.
Spring, 2007



Celebration Event, December 2006

Cancer survivor, 7 year old, Ben Cote, special Foundation guest at the Celebration Event, enjoys having his photo taken with Will. 

Will to Succeed also contacted Tour de France champion, Lance Armstrong, about Ben's gallant fight.  Lance responded by writing a personal letter to Ben. 




August, 2006

W2S Board Member Travis Worley & canoeing partner, John Munger,  provided Sister Berta of Operation Breakthrough with the proceeds they earned from their record efforts in the  "Missouri River 340" Canoe Race this past August. 

Along with the monetary contribution their special "Will Shields #68" canoe was also presented to the children at Operation Breakthrough.


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April 15, 2007

Everyday I count the blessings that have been bestowed upon my family and me.  Each day I am thankful that I was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and think of all the people who have supported the team, our family’s foundation, and me. This community is like no other when it comes to support. Fourteen years sure fly by when you get to do what you love.  The love for the game never decreased but, as the years passed, the physical requirements of the game became harder to fulfill each and every day. If it was up to me I would play football forever but, as we all know, that is unrealistic.

However, I do hope to always be connected to the game in some capacity. The decision to hang up my cleats has not been an easy one to make for me but one I knew I would eventually have to make. Today, I am letting everyone know that I am putting away my pads.

First, I would like to thank the guys who came before me…who paved the way for me to have an opportunity to play in this league….I thank my parents, brother, and sister for their unwavering love….I thank the guys who have fought beside me to try to fulfill the ultimate dream…..I thank my coaches from Lawton High who saw potential in me and gave me the first shot at a little boy’s dream…..I thank my coaches at the University of Nebraska who let a young kid play as a freshman….and I thank the Kansas City Chiefs for allowing me to dance in the most exciting stadium in the NFL….I thank the Hunt family for their support through the years and last, but not least, I thank my number one fan base, my wonderful wife and children.

I am looking forward to a future filled with sports in mind. Whether it is in the stands, on the sideline, in the press box or in a office--football will remain in my blood. My best wishes to all and I hope to see you soon

Thank you again, for all your support.

Will Shields