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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates after making a touchdown catch in an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Pittsburgh. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KCTV) – Travis Kelce has been named Week 2 National Football League Players Association Community MVP after opening the 87 & Running Robotics Lab, providing a safe space and educational opportunities for under-served kids in the Kansas City area.

The lab opened its doors Tuesday as part of a large-scale expansion at Operation Breakthrough, a local non-profit that serves more than 300 students by paving a pathway for them to succeed.

Kelce personally donated $45,000 to the project, half from his own pocket and half from his 87 & Running Foundation.

“I’m really honored to be recognized by the NFLPA for doing what my Mom always taught me to do – just take of each other,” Kelce said. “Being in this league, it really is humbling to be in a place where I can have a foundation like 87 & Running and help make sure some of these kids get a leg up.”

Along with the Operation Breakthrough students, the new robotics lab will also be accessible to 175 first-, second- and fifth-graders from three local elementary schools as well as 100 freshmen at a local high school. These groups will engage with online software, robotics, technology and circuits, all of which will boost their exposure to STEM-based learning while providing hands-on experience with engineering resources.

Two days after the lab opened, Kelce hosted his annual Walk the Walk Fashion Show with the proceeds benefitting organizations that support underprivileged kids and families, such as Operation Breakthrough and Children’s Mercy Hospital. Both partners align with the mission of Kelce’s 87 & Running Foundation to help underserved youth become productive citizens through mentoring, motivation and exposure to positive experiences.

“These kids are so deserving, and they’re going to be game changers someday,” the Chiefs All-Pro tight end said. “It’s all about them.”

In honor of Kelce being named this week’s Community MVP, the NFLPA will make a $10,000 contribution to his foundation or charity of choice along with an in-kind donation to him on behalf of NFLPA supporting partner Delta Private Jets.

A limited-edition bobblehead will also be made of Kelce and sold by NFLPA supporting partner Forever Collectibles. The NFLPA will donate part of the proceeds from the collector’s item to the player’s charity or foundation of choice.

Kelce, along with the other 2018 Community MVPs, will become eligible for the 2018 Alan Page Community Award, which is the highest honor that the NFLPA can bestow upon a player.

The NFLPA Community MVP program recognizes NFL players who are making a positive impact in their local communities. Each week during the regular season, the NFLPA will celebrate one NFL player who has demonstrated a commitment to giving back to his community.

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