Jan. 31, 2020
By Elizabeth Walker, Walmart Corporate Affairs
Throughout his hometown of Versailles, Missouri, Dustin Pryor is known for three things: his strong work ethic, his joyful spirit and his undying devotion to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Dustin’s love for the team started when he was a boy watching games with his brothers. A proud Walmart associate, Dustin has worked at Store 357 in Versailles for over 20 years. He occasionally finds a coworker who has never attended a game, and he makes sure to set that right by inviting them along to watch his team. His friends are continually encouraged by his unrelenting faith in the team, how he believes the Chiefs can win a game up until the very end. “They remind me of my heroes,” Dustin said of his beloved team.
Of course, every football fan dreams of their team playing in the big game. After the Chiefs won the AFC Championship game and it was clear they would be going to Miami, a family friend decided to see whether she could help make Dustin’s dream a reality.
She started a crowdsourcing effort to send Dustin to Miami to watch his team play – and his community delivered. The account quickly exceeded its goal, growing to nearly $20,000 in just four days and demonstrating the affection the community has for Dustin and his family. Dustin was ready to buy his tickets but learned on Friday he didn’t have to. He was blown away when he was surprised with tickets to the game. Walmart was able to be part of making this dream come true for Dustin, his three brothers and their dad to head to Miami. The family said they plan to use the crowdsourced funds to support other expenses while on the trip.
Dustin’s story is proof that if you dream big and work hard, incredible things can happen.