Travis Kelce’s first purchase: A building for inner-city teenagers to study STEM

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When Travis Kelce signed a four-year, $57 million contract extension with the Chiefs this week, he decided that his first purchase would be something more meaningful than a new car.

Kelce announced that he will be buying a building for his Eighty-Seven & Running Foundation to give inner-city Kansas City teenagers a safe place where they can study science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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,” Kelce wrote on the foundation’s website.

Kelce was inspired to start the foundation because he saw in his own childhood, growing up in a diverse community in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, that many kids didn’t have the same advantages that he did. When he got to the NFL he was determined to help disadvantaged kids, and his new contract is a means for him to do so.

57 responses to “Travis Kelce’s first purchase: A building for inner-city teenagers to study STEM

  1. I always thought this guy was a d-bag,but he has my admiration on this one .Well done Mr.Kelce

  2. Very cool. STEM fields are where it’s at. Or trades like electrical work and plumbing. Lots of money in these careers right now and unfortunately not a lot of kids want to get their hands dirty. The ones who do will reap the benefits. Get your kids interested in both at an early age.

  3. Very nice to see that he’s not only a non-materialistic person, but that he also hasn’t forgotten where and what he’s come from. Hey AB, take note…

  4. Wow! Saw the contract and immediately criticized the greed associated with athletic contracts, anticipating the same old “bought my Mom a house” routine. I am happily mistaken this time.

    I wish more athletes and people of wealth would follow Mr. Kelce’s example and invest in the long-term welfare of our children. They are our future leaders.

  5. Yeah Kelce hasn’t always had his head screwed on right, but over the last 2 years you could really see the change in him in this community. Great move by him.

  6. The Chiefs and their players are doing a lot to make us fans proud. Which is a nice change because it hasn’t always been this way.

  7. Kudos Mr. Travis Kelce. Great work on and off the field. Congrats on that extension as well, well earned.

  8. Smart that Travis is. I read in the waiver statement that all students have to sign, that any future ideas or patents belong to Travis Kelce.

  9. He can be a bit of a blow-hard on the field, but he more than makes up for it with things like this. He is an example of how players can (and should) support their community, as those very same fans are the ones buying his jerseys, buying game tickets, and supporting the Chiefs.

    He certainly deserves the extension, and keep up the great work, Travis!

  10. mookie34 says:
    August 15, 2020 at 10:40 am
    Smart that Travis is. I read in the waiver statement that all students have to sign, that any future ideas or patents belong to Travis Kelce.

    Show us this supposed waiver.

  11. Angel Valle says:
    August 15, 2020 at 9:55 am
    That’s a nice fat tax right off hes not a fool cha ching!

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    You do realize that at best such a “tax write-off” will only reduces his taxable income by the amount of the donation….right?

  12. Note to NFL players – see how much more positive the reactions are when you do something positive that actually helps people as opposed to pointless kneeling?

  13. Note to NFL players – see how much more positive the reactions are when you do something positive that actually helps people as opposed to pointless kneeling?

    This is a very nice story about a man trying to help others. This has nothing to do with kneeling. Please, stop throwing your agenda on everything you see.

  14. I’m not a Chiefs fan but I’m a lifelong Clevelander. I’ve done construction work at his high school and football field in Cleveland Heights. This story makes me proud. Not only is he a good dude but he hasn’t forgotten his roots. Major respect to this dude.

  15. KUDOS Travis, very gracious!

    In my opinion this is 1000X bigger than anything you could ever do on a football field!

  16. Psubeerman21- what the heck does this have to do with kneeling?!? So I suppose if he was a kneeler, this wonderful gesture of his wouldn’t be as authentic?

  17. doggz109 says:
    August 15, 2020 at 12:34 pm
    I bet Mahomes is rubbing off on him.
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    Why? Because Mahomes bought himself a 1% share of the Royals when he signed his new deal?

  18. Nicely done, hopefully it’s executed in a way that it’s administrative overhead doesn’t bleed it dry like so many of these things do. Also, I get the “inner city” is the en vogue thing to do but other places have problems/struggles too. Much like breast cancer seems to get 90% of the dollars out there when there are so many other cancers.

    In KC, the KC proper school district receives, far and away, more money per pupil than ANY of the “affluent” districts in the entire KC area.

  19. It always blows my mind when I see negative thumbs downs from some folks on positive articles like this. Just hard to believe how much uncaring nastiness there is in the hearts of some folks. If Jesus Christ himself made another appearance these people would probably throw stones at him and call him a “hippie!” Geesh….

  20. Shame on the 20 or so of the readers that put thumbs down on what Kelce did.

  21. great job. strange you don’t see more players doing this, especially those from troubles neighborhoods.

  22. Who can object to this? A beautiful act- and one that is tangible. So much more meaningful than just speechifying. Lewis

  23. klutch14u says:
    August 15, 2020 at 6:18 pm
    Nicely done, hopefully it’s executed in a way that it’s administrative overhead doesn’t bleed it dry like so many of these things do. Also, I get the “inner city” is the en vogue thing to do but other places have problems/struggles too. Much like breast cancer seems to get 90% of the dollars out there when there are so many other cancers.

    In KC, the KC proper school district receives, far and away, more money per pupil than ANY of the “affluent” districts in the entire KC area.

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    Bull. I went to school in the K.C. area and I think you are full of it. Care to identify your source of your nonsense?

  24. Great job by Kelce. This is what players should be doing in their communities that will install real change instead of faux outrage. Some will say that STEM fields exhibit racial inequalities, but, they are wrong. Kelce has the party boy mentality on the field, but just like Gronk on and off the field, he shows that he can make a difference in his community and make smart purchases with his money. Good for him!

  25. SWFLPC.INC says:
    August 15, 2020 at 11:40 am

    You do realize that at best such a “tax write-off” will only reduces his taxable income by the amount of the donation….right?
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    That doesn’t take away the fact it is for the kids, a noble cause!

    It’s says a hell of a lot more than Mahomes buying himself a 1% share of the Royals which was also a tax write-off BUT that only benefits Mahomes!

  26. Got to respect the man for backing words with real action here. This is a great way to help kids improve their lives.

  27. Great job Travis. Having lived in Cleveland Heights, a great community across all races and religions, this is just a great thing to hear. Now a TK fan no doubt.

  28. I especially like that it is specifically targeted to study useful subjects that prepare kids for a future of supporting themselves while coming up with things that make life better for everyone.

  29. No disrespect to any athlete that wants to give back but why do they many need to start their own foundation??? Could it be because those that set them up may claim a charitable deduction and in some cases, a double tax deduction? Why not just give the money to the Boys and Girls Clubs of KC and let them start the STEM Program?

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