KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs players, along with many players across the NFL, are trying to affect change. On Wednesday, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes shared his plans to take action.
"We're going to try and find the best way to give money or support or whatever it is to get as many people registered to vote so they can go and try to affect change in whatever way they feel possible," Mahomes said on a Zoom media call.
Mahomes and Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu are spearheading an effort to promote voter registration.
“We’ve had initial talks with Clark [Hunt]," Mahomes said, "and we’ve talked with [Chiefs President] Mark Donovan and we actually set up a meeting for next week with our committee and with a lot of the players that are kind of leaders on our team."
The goal is to get as many people registered to vote as possible, while also educating people on ways they can make positive influences in their own communities. The Chiefs organization also is on board with the push for voter registration.
“We have this great country, and these kids know how great this country is and they absolutely know how great it is," Head Coach Andy Reid said, "and all they want to do is make it better... They’re heading toward a program of voters registration and working through teaching and educating through with the voters registration, and that’s, again, we're working through that as we speak here.”
Mathieu, Mahomes and Reid also mentioned the outpouring of support they've received from Donovan and Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt.
“If we can make voting cool, if we could make that a trendy thing then were really changing the future," Mathieu said. "We really are setting these kids up for a great future, we're really allowing these kids access to more opportunities.”
The Chiefs are in the beginning phases of this effort, but the team expects to release more information in an official statement after a meeting next week.