WHITEHOUSE — Even as his fame has risen, Patrick Mahomes hasn’t forgotten about his Mahomies in his hometown.
On Thursday morning, the younger brother of the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback — Jackson Mahomes — was at Whitehouse High School’s “The Den” — the Whitehouse ISD indoor practice facility — to present shoes to the school district on behalf of the “15 and the Mahomies” Foundation.
“I’m extremely excited to be here,” Jackson Mahomes said. “Patrick has partnered with adidas and through his foundation — ’15 and the Mahomies’ — to give back to the kids in the community, not just the athletes but to the elementary schools, as well.”
Mahomes’ aunt, Jill Herrington, who is a third-grade teacher at Stanton-Smith Elementary School in Whitehouse, brought some of her students to the event on Thursday to each receive a pair of adidas Tresc Run shoes.
The rest of the shoes will be distributed to the Whitehouse campuses and be passed out to the students.
“I am honored to be here on his behalf,” Jackson Mahomes said. “Patrick is all about giving back when he has the chance.”
“It’s very important to him and his family to be able to give back,” Whitehouse athletic director Adam Cook said. “I think it’s important for him that people back home know how proud he is of where he came from.”
The mission statement for “15 and the Mahomies” listed on the website is 15andtheMahomies.org is dedicated to improving the lives of children. The Foundation will support initiatives that focus on health, wellness, communities in need of resources and other charitable causes.”
Patrick Mahomes was in Los Angeles on Wednesday night for the 27th Annual ESPY Awards.
Mahomes won the ESPY for the “Best NFL Player.” He also participated in the Los Angeles Rams’ 54-51 win over the Chiefs, which won the award for “Game of the Year.” Mahomes and Rams quarterback Jared Goff went on stage to accept the award. Mahomes was also up for “Best Male Athlete,” which went to Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks.
“It’s super exciting to be able to see him live his dream and be awarded for the goals he’s had,” Jackson Mahomes said. “But for him as a person, he’s ready to get back to Kansas City and start practicing.”
Bobby Stroupe — the founder and president of APEC — said even after an MVP season that saw Mahomes throw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns, the former Whitehouse star is focused on getting better and achieving the ultimate goal.
“He’s got one goal right now, and that’s winning the Super Bowl,” Stroupe said. “Personal honors have never been on the top of his list. Being the best player he can be at his position for his team has always been his priority, and being MVP doesn’t change that.
“We’ve got goals we want to accomplish in the offseason. Without tipping anybody off, there are certain things we saw that teams were doing to affect Patrick, and we want to answer the bell on those things. We want to make sure not only is he ready to play physically, but that he’s able to answer some of the schemes that will be put up against their offense and him personally I think you’re going to find that his body is more robust, and I dare to say, I think he’s gained a little power in his arm. We’re confident going into the season, and I’m excited to see him show us all some things maybe we haven’t seen before.”
Mahomes and the Chiefs will begin the preseason Aug. 10 against the Cincinnati Bengals. They will open the regular season Sept. 8 at Jacksonville.