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Chiefs TE Travis Kelce wins online contest NFL charity challenge

Results net extra $25,000 for Kelce's charity
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Posted at 12:31 PM, Jan 18, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 13:31:32-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The 87 and Running organization will receive $25,000 after Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce won the NFL's annual charity challenge, an online contest among the nominees for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

The challenge is a social media campaign in which fans vote using hashtags. Kelce won after Chiefs Kingdom overwhelmed Twitter with the hashtag #WPMOYChallenge + Kelce.

Kelce is the Chiefs' nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for the work he does with 87 and Running. The award is among the highest honors a player can receive for their work on and off the field.

Kelce's charity works to "empower disadvantaged youth to achieve success by providing resources and support to their communities and cultivating their talent in the areas of education, business, athletics, STEM, and the arts," according to its website.

The Walter Payton Man of the Year Award winner's charity of choice receives $250,000. The other 31 players nominated by their teams will receive up to $40,0000 from the NFL Foundation and Nationwide.

The winner will be announced at 8 p.m. on Feb. 6, the night before Super Bowl LV in Tampa, Florida.