Bubba Wallace & Patrick Mahomes Joins Hands as Part of a Growing $60 Million Empire

Published 06/18/2022, 12:57 PM EDT
FONTANA, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 27: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 Wheaties Toyota, waves to fans as he walks onstage during driver intros prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway on February 27, 2022 in Fontana, California. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Who would’ve thought that Bubba Wallace and Patrick Mahomes would come together, join hands, and work for a common cause? The NASCAR driver and the NFL superstar have done just that for a company called a16z.

a16z recently launched their latest Cultural Leadership Fund that had previous investors, including Blake Griffin, Pharrell Williams, and The Weeknd.

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The Cultural Leadership Fund targets black cultural influencers in areas such as sports, music, and business. To this day, a16z ha donated over $2.5 million to nonprofit organizations with an aim to improve diversity in the tech sector.

According to Forbes, Wallace described CLF as “important work”. The 23XI Racing driver added that he has witnessed “how powerful representation can be to inspire and engage future generations.”

AUSTIN, TEXAS – MARCH 26: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #18 Dr. Pepper Toyota, waits on the grid prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pit Boss 250 at Circuit of The Americas on March 26, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

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Bubba Wallace on the wind of change in NASCAR

Ever since he entered the sport, and especially since he joined his current team, which is owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin, Bubba Wallace has been a big advocate for improving the sport on several fronts.

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And all his efforts and the conversations he’s started and promoted haven’t exactly paid off in a big way yet, but they haven’t also been a waste either. In fact, it is the process of change that Wallace feels is the reward, because it’s always “a journey.”

AUSTIN, TEXAS – MARCH 27: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #23 leidos Toyota, waves to fans onstage during driver intros prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Echopark Automotive Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on March 27, 2022 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)

“I think the culture is changing,” he said“It’s a journey. Because if you have an answer, then that means we have a destination, I don’t think this process ever has a destination.”

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“It’s always a journey.”

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Shaharyar Khan Chauhan

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Shaharyar is an F1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for a better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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