Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce with students and teachers at Oak Grove Elementary School following a dedication ceremony for the school's recently refurbished gymnasium. UnitedHealthcare donated $20,000 to Kelce's Dreambuilders Foundation, which funded the refinishing of the gym's floor and new paint during the students' recent spring break (Photo: Garrett Kasper/UnitedHealthcare).
OAK GROVE, Mo. (May 09, 2017) —
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and UnitedHealthcare donated $20,000 to the Oak Grove School District. The donation enabled the district to refinish the gymnasium for students at Maple Elementary School and provide healthy food for students to take home.
The renovated wood floor and a fresh coat of paint were made possible by a $15,000 donation from UnitedHealthcare to Kelce's Dreambuilders program, which is called Eighty-Seven & Running. Kelce joined UnitedHealthcare executives and school leaders today to unveil the refinished gym floor to hundreds of Maple Elementary students. Following the dedication ceremony and official remarks, Kelce took to the new floor to play games with Maple Elementary students.
"I am very proud that through the work I do with my foundation, Eighty-Seven & Running, I was able to partner with UnitedHealthcare in making sure this important repair was possible," said Kelce. "Together, we are doing some really important work in the Kansas City area. A safe, new floor was really important to Maple Elementary, and I'm thrilled that the students can stay active and have fun playing together as a team."
"Thanks to upgrades made possible by the grant we received from UnitedHealthcare and Travis Kelce, we will promote health and well-being within the walls of our beautiful gym," said Peggy Tiffany, principal of Maple Elementary. "We will encourage sportsmanship and camaraderie, and create champions. But most importantly, we will make memories. We feel so fortunate to have been selected for this award, and we look forward to the many years of memories this grant will enable us to experience. We thank UnitedHealthcare and Travis Kelce for giving us a gift that can truly live on forever."
"UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Dreambuilders to provide Maple Elementary students with a new gym floor that will help motivate them to exercise and stay healthy," said Rob Broomfield, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of Kansas. "Our partnership with Dreambuilders goes a long way in our communities, and we thank Travis and his foundation for their support."
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com or follow @myUHC on Twitter.
The Dreambuilders Foundation is a non-profit organization that works with pro athletes across the country to help financially disadvantaged and physically and mentally-challenged kids receive the items, opportunities and equipment they need to reach their dreams.
About Eighty-Seven & Running
Travis Kelce's Eighty-Seven & Running is an organization that promotes positive life outcomes for youth in underserved communities. Since 2015, Eighty-Seven & Running has been dedicated to helping youth discover their potential in the areas of academics, athletics, business, STEM and the arts.