CINCINNATI – Former UC tight end and great Chief Travis Kelce is starting a donation to UC through his foundation, Eighty-Seven & Running.
The home is funded by the Cincinnati Department of Sport Psychology and Counseling. It will help expand the staff and staff under Sports Psychology Director Lenetia Nickell.
“During my time at UC, I developed a solid infrastructure of people around me to help me navigate the day-to-day life of a student-athlete,” Kelce said in a press release. “The transition from high school to college was tough; it was an emotional rollercoaster at times juggling my academic responsibilities and keeping myself grounded. There was little room for error in the classroom and on the field. Being able to have that support system is part of the reason I decided to start this fund and give back to my alma mater and its athletic department. “I’m at a place in my career where I can share my experiences and lend resources to provide varsity student-athletes with the help they need to become the best versions of themselves they can be.”
No student-athlete will have to worry about accessing mental health services through this donation.
“We are honored that Travis Kelce has launched this transformational endowment for our student-athletes,” UC Director of Athletics John Cunningham said in a press release. “This is a truly special gift from Travis because it comes from a former student-athlete to current and future student-athletes, but also because it will impact student-athletes for years to come.”
Kelce played at UC from 2009-12 and is on pace to be a Pro Football Hall of Famer whenever he retires.
“Travis is a tremendous ambassador for the University of Cincinnati and we are grateful for his continued support of our athletes and our athletic department,” Cunningham continued. “Mental health is a key component of college athletics. Travis’ gift will ensure Cincinnati remains at the forefront of support for all UC athletes.”
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