Travis Kelce used money from his new contract to give inner city teenagers a place to study STEM

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce wanted to do something important with the money from his new contract. After signing a four-year, $57 million extension Thursday, Kelce announced he used money from that deal to purchase a building in Kansas City that will allow teenagers to “explore careers in STEM.”

Kelce, 30, said he wanted to give kids a safe place to concentrate and learn new skills.

“The vision is to give these teens in KC’s underserved neighborhoods a safe haven,” Kelce wrote. “A place where they are exposed to interests and role models far beyond the field or court. Kids can’t concentrate if they don’t feel safe. They can’t envision a career they’ve never heard of or learn a skill they’ve never been taught.”

Kelce purchased the building as part of his foundation — Eighty-Seven & Running — which “helps underserved youth strive to become productive citizens by mentoring and motivating them to explore and develop their abilities while learning critical life skills,” according to its website.

Travis Kelce commits to Chiefs for the long haul

With the extension, Kelce will remain with the Chiefs through the 2025 season. In seven seasons with the team, Kelce has developed into one of the best players at the position. He’s made five straight Pro Bowls and has been voted to the NFL All-Pro team twice.

Kelce is coming off a season in which he hauled in 97 passes for 1,229 yards and five touchdowns. He was a key contributor in the Super Bowl, catching six passes for 43 yards and a score.

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