Kansas City Chief and former Cincinnati Bearcat, Travis Kelce has announced that his Eighty-Seven & Running Foundation will make a substantial contribution to the university’s athletic department of sports psychology and counseling aiding all 450 student-athletes. Kelce’s endowment to his alma mater’s health and wellness division will directly impact the university’s athletic bureau and further expand the staff and personnel of the Director of Sports Psychology, Lenecia Nickell. The grant ensures that all student-athletes of the university will have permanent access to facilities that provide care and services needed to be mentally and physically strong, confident, and resilient. Kelce is a dedicated philanthropist who is passionate about helping the lives of youth who are facing adversity. He founded Eighty-Seven & Running in 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. The organization aims to help underserved youth strive to become produ3ctive citizens by creating motivating mentor programs that aid in exploring and developing their abilities while learning critical life skills. “During my time at UC I developed a solid infrastructure of people around to help me navigate through daily life as a student-athlete. The transition from high school to college was a difficult one; it was an emotional rollercoaster at times dealing with my academic responsibilities and holding my own on the field. There was little to no room for error in the classroom and on the field. Being able to have that support system in place is part of the reason why I decided to start this Endowment and give back to my alma mater and its athletic department. I’m at a place in my career where I’m able to share my experiences and lend resources to provide the university’s student-athletes with the assistance they need to become the best versions of themselves they can be” says Travis Kelce, Tight End of the Kansas City Chiefs and Former Cincinnati Bearcat. “Nurturing mental and physical health is crucial in developing successful futures for student athletes. The University has constructed an incredible foundation to aid the physical needs of student-athletes, which is just as important as supporting their mental health as both are vital in optimizing wellbeing and excellence with performance in the classroom, on the field, and their life beyond sports.” Says André Eanes, Travis’ business Manager, and former Cincinnati Bearcat. “We are honored to have Travis Kelce launch this transformational endowment for our studentathletes,” UC Director of Athletics John Cunningham said. “This is a really special gift from Travis because it comes from a former student-athlete for current and future student-athletes, but also because it will impact student-athletes for years to come. “Travis is a tremendous ambassador for the University of Cincinnati, and we are grateful for his continued support for our athletes and our athletic department. Mental health is a crucial component of college athletics. Travis’ gift will ensure that Cincinnati remains on the forefront of support for all UC athletes.” UC Foundation President Peter Landgren said. Those interested in donating to the Eighty-Seven & Running Endowment can learn more here. https://87running.org/donate-2/
About Eighty-Seven & Running
Eighty-Seven & Running helps underserved youth strive to become productive citizens by mentoring and motivating them to explore and develop their abilities while learning critical life skills. Founded in 2015, we have remained dedicated to providing resources and enrichment opportunities for youth and their communities through fundraising, athletic programs, mentoring, and outreach initiatives. Our mission is to empower disadvantaged youth to achieve success by providing resources and support to their communities and cultivating their talent in the areas of education, business, athletics, STEM, and the arts. We seek to change the outcomes of underserved youth in communities across the U.S. by creating access to opportunities, enrichment, and advancement.