View of Kansas City skyline in Missouri Downtown Kansas City, Mo. (Source: AdobeStock).

Four years after becoming the official banking partner of the Kansas City Chiefs, CommunityAmerica Credit Union is launching a financial education and philanthropic initiative with Travis Kelce, tight end for the professional football team, the credit union announced Thursday.

According to the $4.9 billion, Lenexa, Kan.-based CommunityAmerica, the credit union will be working with Kelce and local organizations to bring financial education tools and programs to people living in the Kansas City, Mo., area. The formal partnership follows Kelce’s development of the Ignition Lab at Operation Breakthrough, a Kansas City charitable organization that CommunityAmerica has supported. Operation Breakthrough provides low-income and homeless children with meals, education and health care, and the Ignition Lab, which Kelce opened with backing from his foundation Eighty-Seven & Running, offers educational and career skills programs for high school-age kids who have completed Operation Breakthrough’s programs for younger age groups.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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