Jason Kelce Honors Cincinnati Walk-On with Namesake Scholarship

Unexpected celebrations unfold at University of Cincinnati event

by Zain ul Abedin
Jason Kelce Honors Cincinnati Walk-On with Namesake Scholarship
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Jason Kelce, the recently retired Philadelphia Eagles icon, has launched a new chapter in his illustrious career by empowering aspiring athletes through education. In a heartfelt event held on Thursday, April 11, Kelce, alongside his brother Travis, presented the first of thirteen scholarships under the Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux scholarship program at the University of Cincinnati.

The scholarship initiative, spearheaded by Walk-On’s CEO Chris Dawson and founder Brandon Landry, celebrates the spirit of determination that Jason exemplified throughout his 13-year NFL career, which notably began with him as a walk-on at college.

The scholarship aims to honor the resilience and commitment of student-athletes who start their journey without athletic scholarships. Jason Kelce chose Ben Blevins as the recipient of this inaugural award for epitomizing a walk-on's true essence.

Blevins, transitioning from offense to defense during his tenure, not only adjusted roles but also excelled academically, securing the Iron Bearcat award for his leadership and performance in criminal justice studies.

Kelce Brothers' Surprise Graduation

The award ceremony was part of a special live University of Cincinnati Football team meeting, which segued into a presentation of the New Heights Podcast hosted by the Kelce brothers.

The event was made even more memorable by a surprise commencement ceremony at the Fifth Third Arena, where the siblings were handed their diplomas in an unexpected celebration attended by their proud parents, Donna and Ed Kelce, as reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The university commemorated the occasion on X (formerly known as Twitter), celebrating the Kelce brothers' long-awaited graduation. Both had completed their degrees in 2022 but had missed the official ceremonies. The celebration continued with a light-hearted moment as Travis Kelce shared a beer in his typical charismatic style, captured in a tweet by Dan Hoard, the radio voice for Cincinnati Bengals and University of Cincinnati.

Jason Kelce’s engagement doesn’t stop at educational support; he has been diving into various passions since hanging up his helmet, including a memorable appearance at WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia. His participation was a spectacle of theatrics, complete with metal folding chairs and thrilling body slams, alongside Eagles’ offensive tackle Lane Johnson. The duo made a dramatic entrance that culminated in a victorious moment for wrestlers Rey Mysterio and Andrade.