Fresh off signing his lucrative new contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs, All-Pro tight end is making his first big purchase to give back to the kids.
Travis Kelce signed a four-year, $57 million contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs that’ll tie him to the organization for the next six years on Thursday. He already has a portion of that money going back to the kids in the community who represent our future.
While Kelce could have used the money to buy a new car, another new house or some gaudy new clothes to accentuate his wardrobe, but the All-Pro tight end is putting the money to good use and for educational purposes.
Travis Kelce is giving back to the community, funding a working space for teens to pursue STEM careers and gain real-world experience
Kelce wrote on the 87 & Running foundation’s website why he’s funding the Ignition Lab.
“I am purchasing the building that will be the future home of the ‘Ignition Lab: Powered by 87 & Running’ – a co-working space where these teens will have the support, resources, and opportunity to explore careers in STEM, launch their own entrepreneurial ventures and gain real-world experience,”
The word “hero” is thrown around probably way too often when it comes to athletes and their on-court achievements, but this action from Kelce is the type of heroic act that is worthy of the word. This is incredibly admirable from Kelce to use his own money to fund a co-working space for teens to have the support, resources and the encouragement to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Kelce grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio where he witnessed first-hand the disparities in career opportunities and learning academies for teens to take advantage of in pursuit of getting out of their towns and going to college and bettering their life and their families.
If more athletes followed this example by Kelce, the world will literally be a better place.
Kudos to the Super Bowl champion, future Hall of Famer and the tight end who has been the best at the position in the NFL over the last five years.