Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has been named the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kansas City's "2015 Role Model of the Year." The award recognizes an individual who not only maintains a high profile in the community, but also serves as a positive example for youth through his or her responsible actions.
"I just really want to thank all the kids at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City for giving me this prestigious honor as your Role Model of the Year," said Kelce.
Kelce held a "Kickoff Dinner" fundraiser for the Dreambuilders Foundation under the Boys and Girls Club umbrella on September 10 of last year, and the funds from the event went towards funding a youth flag football league.
"When I was younger, being introduced to the game of football meant everything to me," Kelce explained. "Ultimately, that experience is why it became my profession. That's one reason why I thought it was so important to help sponsor the flag football league at the Clubs and visit with the kids there.
"To me, there isn't anything special about my actions, it was just the right thing to do, which is why this is such a humbling honor to receive."
Kelce isn't the first Chiefs player to receive the award, as past winners include former Chiefs TE Tony Gonzalez and his current teammate, linebacker Derrick Johnson.
"It means so much to myself and all of Chiefs Kingdom that I am being recognized with an honor also given to so many notable Kansas Citians," Kelce added.
Kelce was honored at the Boys and Girls Club on Friday afternoon, but he could not attend as he prepares for this Sunday's Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.