Opinion: Mahomes means more than football to KC

Averyl Crouse, Reporter

Ask any Kansas Citian and they’ll say Patrick Mahomes is a hometown hero. With a $450 million contract and two trips to the Super Bowl, it’s easy to see why there is so much hype for the Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback. Aside from his game performances, Mahomes has also won over fans by becoming active in the community for causes that are near to his heart.

Mahomes established the 15 and the Mahomies foundation in 2019. He had only been with the Chiefs since the 2017 draft, but spent his two years in Kansas City growing to love the community and its people.

According to its website, 15 and the Mahomies aims to “support 15 youth charitable initiatives that focus on academics, science, the arts, classroom supplies, athletics, children with disabilities, after-school programs and more.”

When he established 15 and the Mahomies, Mahomes said, “It’s a foundation that’s designed all around kids … that don’t have the same opportunities I had when I was young.”

“I want to make sure I can give back to them in any shape and anyway in order to give them the resources they need to have an amazing life,” he stated.

Since 2019, 15 and the Mahomies now supports more than 30 charities, with many events and programs to support the Kansas City community.

Besides his foundation, Mahomes has also been very civically involved. In 2020, he appeared in a video with several other professional football players to encourage the NFL to condemn police brutality and violence against black people.

Before the 2020 election, Mahomes helped to establish a voter registration project in Kansas City and was a part of Lebron James’ initiative to encourage the younger generation to vote.

With his entire career ahead of him, Mahomes has already had his philanthropic efforts stretch to many nationwide and local issues. Before his million-dollar contract or nationwide fame, Mahomes put in the effort to make sure he is doing his part in his community and setting a great example for all professional athletes.