While Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is known worldwide for his on-the-field accolades, what deserves further attention is what he has managed to do for the Kansas City community — and far beyond — off of it.
Let’s recap what the Chiefs’ franchise quarterback has done to benefit others over the last couple of years:
15 and the Mahomies timeline
April 2, 2019:
Mahomes announces his foundation on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon — calling it the 15 and the Mahomies Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to improve the lives of children by focusing on health, wellness, communities in need of resources, and other charitable causes.
Mahomes donated Adidas sneakers to high school athletes in need in his home state of Texas, and then he announced his foundation’s signature program, “15 for 15.” Playing off of his Chiefs’ No. 15, the program supports 15 youth charitable initiatives, including Special Olympics Missouri.
Oct. 13, 2019:
Mahomes hosted 15 kids and family members (from the Boys & Girls Club of Lubbock, Texas) for Chiefs-Texans at Arrowhead Stadium.
First, Mahomes partnered with the KC Pet Project to provide 15 families pet food for a year, a custom dog hoodie and other pet supplies. Then more than $600,000 were raised at the inaugural 15 and the Mahomies foundation gala, with $225,000 going to 15 deserving charities.
May 25, 2020:
The 15 and the Mahomies Foundation presented a grant for 15 scholarships to children of The United States Navy SEALs.
Sept. 17, 2020:
With in-person benefits out of the question, Mahomes hosted a virtual party that included appearances from Andy Reid, Travis Kelce and Paul Rudd. The internet benefit raised $150,225 in grant funding.
Sept. 24, 2020:
Mahomes launches the “Read for 15” program in Kansas City and South Texas — a program that encourages elementary school students to read for at least 15 minutes a day for 15 weeks.
The 15 and the Mahomies Foundation provided Variety Children’s Charity of Greater Kansas City with a grant for custom adaptive bikes to help children with disabilities live an active and inclusive lifestyle. The foundation also gave Children’s Mercy Kansas City a grant to help build their Adaptive Sports Medicine Program.
The 15 and the Mahomies Foundation announced a new effort to join a legacy brick project for its all-inclusive play site at Martin Luther King, Jr. Square Park.
Investing in Kansas City
As athletically talented as Mahomes is in his own right on the football field, he is also a fan of other professional sports, such as baseball, soccer and the NBA.
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Earlier this summer, in August 2021, he joined the Sporting KC ownership group.
“It started a few years back and then building that relationship with the Illigs, the people over there at Sporting,” Mahomes said. “I just love the way they run their business and how they kind of really invested into that team.”
Mahomes’ fiancée, Brittany Matthews, is a co-owner of Kansas City NWSL of the National Women’s Soccer League.
Mahomes has been vocal in wanting to bring an NBA team to Kansas City. He joined Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas in trying to get the Toronto Raptors to Kansas City when they needed a temporary home ahead of the 2020-21 season.
“It would definitely be a goal of mine to get a team to Kansas City. It’s a long-term play that hopefully we’ll be able to do someday,” Mahomes said at the time.
Whataburger in Kansas City
Mahomes has his philanthropy and his sports ownership, yes, but sometimes jokingly referred to as a “crown jewel” of his accomplishments, the quarterback recently became an investor in a group that plans to bring 30 Whataburger restaurants to Missouri and Kansas over the next seven years.
Congratulations to Patrick Mahomes II for assisting in bringing Whataburger to Kansas City! Exciting times ahead for the Missouri and Kansas area with the addition of 30 restaurants over the next 7 years! #Whataburger #KansasCity pic.twitter.com/03QLaoTG5H— Leigh Steinberg (@leighsteinberg) August 10, 2021
“I love Kansas City and I love Whataburger,’’ Mahomes said.
And Kansas City loves Mahomes.