More than 50 families got a holiday surprise in Kansas City thanks to a Chiefs star. Chiefs’ wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and his foundation paid off about $10,000 in layaways at a Burlington Coat Factory store. The JuJu Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the support of youth initiatives and lifting the spirits of those in need. This was the JuJu foundation’s first event like this in Kansas City since signing with the Chiefs in March .
Smith-Schuster said there were times when he didn’t get a gift or had to share when he was growing up. So, now he wants to give back to families who might be struggling. “I love it so much because being a part of the community is what it’s all about. These people are die-hard fans. They support us every Sunday, every game we play in,” Smith-Schuster said. “It’s just nice that I have an opportunity to be a good role model to these kids and give back to the community.”
The JuJu Foundation was founded in 2019 by Kansas City Chiefs and former University of Southern California Wide Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster. They provide free Football Camps to 6th, 7th and 8th graders, scholarships and grants to organizations that work to improve the lives of those in need. Last year, while Smith-Schuster was still with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the foundation gave $75,000 in grants to Pittsburgh Charities and also awarded $20,000 in scholarships to 4 students.