With the coronavirus outbreak spreading thick and fast, athletes from around the world have come forward to help their respective community provide relief to the affected. Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes becomes the latest to donate funds to his local organisation. Patrick Mahomes took to social media to announce that he plans to donate $100,000 to an organisation in Kansas City amid the outbreak.
Yessir! You can count me in for 15,000 meals for @HarvestersORG.— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) March 17, 2020
Let’s keep the support going. @15andMahomies and I are committing $100,000 to organizations in KC affected by this crisis. More info on @15andMahomies. https://t.co/UKEhc38oA5
Patrick Mahomes also announced that he has pledged to donate 15,000 meals to Harvesters through his '15 and the Mahomies Foundation'. The Harvesters community food network works to provide meals to the needed in Kansas City.
As the world endures a difficult time due to COVID-19, I am happy to partner with @harvesters to donate 6,000 meals to families. I’m challenging @patrickmahomes @killatrav @demarcusrobinson @gehrigdieter @mathieu_era @stonecoldjones95 @TheRealFrankC_ pic.twitter.com/wCGDQXPJOO— Ty Hill (@cheetah) March 16, 2020
Mahomes made the announcement to work with Harvesters following the lead of teammate Tyreek Hill, who donated 6000 meals to the foundation. Along with Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill, tight end Travis Kelce also that he partook in the community feeding program by announcing he donated 12,000 meals.
Let’s go @cheetah!! I got your 6k and will raise you another 6k meals thru @harvestersorg! But we can’t leave our friends @OB_Inc_KC hanging, so we’re going to donate all the food & supplies for the next 15 weeks to keep it business as usual for the kids!! Much love KC! ❤️💛— Travis Kelce (@tkelce) March 17, 2020
According to CNN, more than 173,000 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed across the world with the death toll crossing 7000. In the United States alone, the confirmed cases have crossed 6400; New York has over 1700 cases. The state of Kansas has 18 confirmed cases with coronavirus, per The Guardian.
Several other stars in the NFL have come forward to donate sizeable sums to communities for coronavirus relief. Texans star JJ Watt partnered with women's soccer (football) star Kealia Ohai Watt to donate $350,000 to the Houston Food Bank. Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has also reportedly donated $100,000 to Atlanta Community Food Bank.