A quick Google search for one of the NFL’s most promising young stars turns up positive and exciting headlines everywhere you look: “Chiefs becoming a must-watch show with Patrick Mahomes“, “Mahomes has made believers of these four Sports Illustrated writers“, and “Mahomes is 2 TD passes from setting single-season franchise record.” The 23-year-old from Tyler Texas is clearly doing big things on the field this year, but what may be most inspiring is what Mahomes is doing off the field as well.
In the little free time that he has, Mahomes has been helping build transitional housing for veterans in the Kansas City metropolitan area with the non-profit, The Veterans Community Project. According to their website, “The Veterans Community Project (VCP) is on a mission to eliminate Veteran homelessness by providing transitional-housing and enabling access to exceptional 360-degree service solutions. Focusing first on the Greater-Kansas City area, VCP aspires to use Kansas City as the blueprint for achieving similar successes in cities across the United States. VCP has a long-term goal of eliminating Veteran homelessness nationwide.”
Patrick Mahomes Building Homes for Veterans. Images Courtesy of Matt McMullen.
Business Insider noted that the founder of the Veterans Community Project, Chris Stout, is a former US Army corporal who was wounded in Afghanistan. His own transition into civilian life was marked by trouble with PTSD and employment issues. Stout told CNN that he saw a problem that needed to be fixed and that since he enjoys being around veterans, his idea for VCP just clicked. With Mahomes’ help, he may not have anticipated that he would have been spending time with NFL quarterbacks as well.
On the project, Mahomes said that veterans “give so much for us to be where we are, and be able to live the life that we live, that for us to give back to them, and give them somewhere where they can live, and come back home, and give them a stable place to stay and live life, is the least that we can do for them”
We salute Chris Stout of the Veterans Community Project for his service to our country both abroad and back home through his non-profit, and Patrick Mahomes for giving back to his community in a thoughtful and selfless way.
— Matt McMullen (@KCChiefs_Matt) October 30, 2018
We told him not to quit his day job! 😂 pic.twitter.com/cI3x5eXQQO
— CommunityAmerica Credit Union (@CommunityAmerCU) October 30, 2018