TYLER, Texas – On July 12, 2021, the South Tyler Rotary club presented Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes with a Service on Self award for his work with 15 and the Foundation. Mahomies.
“I want to start my new year off right,” said South Tyler Rotary president Beth Blaisdell. “Let’s start by acknowledging Patrick for his service and what he does, not just in Kansas City with 15 and the Mahomies Foundation, but also the work he does in Lubbock and obviously what he is. She works at Tyler and Whitehouse. “
Mahomes, a native of Whitehouse, Texas, and his foundation are focused on improving children’s lives with health, fitness, and other resources.
Blaisdell said Mahomes hasn’t forgotten where he came from, because his community is a part of his life.
“He is committed to continuing to support this community the way it has supported him,” Blaisdell said. “One of the first things he did with the 15-year-old and the Mahomies Foundation was really to give the entire Whitehouse school district athletic shoes.”
The Service over Self Award is given to Rotary members who demonstrate a passion for dedication. The Tyler Rotary Men’s Club also made Mahomes an honorary member of the international club.
Mayor Tyler Don Warren was present to announce the date as Patrick Mahomes II Day and Blaisdell helped write the statement that Mahomes’ father was present to receive.
“I think it’s easy for people to cheer for any kind of celebrity. Maybe they look at it and think I wish it was me or I wish I could hit that point,” Blaisdell said. “But with Patrick, it was a lot simpler. And it goes back to his heart and it goes back to his humility and attitude and who he is. “
Blaisdell said the Super Bowl winning quarterback’s impact on the youth can be seen with all the young people who wear his Chiefs jersey, even over 500 miles away in Tyler, Texas.
“When you have a leader like him, as a celebrity, and our kids want to wear his jersey and want to be more like him, like, yeah!” Blaisdell said. “That’s the person I want you to emulate that’s the person we want you to emulate.”