Gracelyn “Gracie” Hunt is the daughter of Kansas City Chiefs co-owner and CEO Clark Hunt. She should be on the sidelines when the team heads to the Super Bowl.
The Hunt family has owned the Kansas City Chiefs since the team was founded in 1959 by Lamar Hunt, a founding member of the American Football League.
Clark Hunt, son of Lamar Hunt, inherited the team when his father died in 2006. Clark is also a founding investor in Major League Soccer and the president of Hunt Sports Group, which oversees the operations of the Chiefs and FC Dallas.
Gracie Hunt, 23, is the daughter of Clark and Tavia Hunt, who wed in 1993. She has two younger siblings: Knobel Hunt, 20, and Ava Hunt, 14.
On February 12, the family team will face the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII.
The Hunt family is one of the richest families in America.
Long before Lamar and Clark Hunt were considered soccer royalty, oil tycoon Haroldson Lafayette Hunt was known as one of the richest men in America.
According to The New York Times, HL Hunt founded Hunt Oil Company in 1936 and has used his fortune in the oil business to invest in other industries like publishing, cosmetics, and even pecan farming.
At the time of his death in 1974, HL Hunt had an estimated net worth of between $2 billion and $3 billion (between $11.5 billion and $17.3 billion in today’s money, when adjusted for inflation).
He divided his wealth among his 14 surviving children, Forbes reported. In 2020, Forbes estimated that the Hunt family is worth an estimated $15.3 billion and continues to own oil and gas companies worldwide in addition to their sports empire.
Gracie Hunt dreamed of playing college soccer, but fell short after suffering four concussions.
It seems that the love of sport runs in the family.
“Football was my first love,” she told People in 2021. “I wanted to play in college. I won the league when I was in high school with my high school team and played for the club as well.”
However, despite her ambitions to play college-level soccer, Hunt said she needed to find a new passion after multiple injuries prevented her from playing professionally.
“After suffering four concussions, that was a dream I couldn’t pursue anymore, which is really hard when you work your whole life to be good at something,” he said. “I had to find a new dream.”
After her soccer career ended, Hunt competed in several beauty pageants and was named Miss Kansas USA in 2021.
Hunt’s mother, Tavia Hunt, was also crowned Miss Kansas USA in 1993. Hunt has often spoken about how her mother inspired her to start doing pageants and how the experience brought them together.
“It’s really nice to be able to go down a road with someone who’s been down that road before,” Hunt told People in 2021. “It really bonded us so much.”
Prior to becoming Miss Kansas, Hunt was crowned Miss Texas International in 2018 and Miss Texas Teen International in 2016.
She has since left competition behind and is now an accomplished cross-country skier and philanthropist.
According to Hunt’s personal website, he has completed two full marathons and two half marathons in 2022.
She is also a Unified Champion Ambassador for the Special Olympics and is the founder of her philanthropic organization, Breaking Barriers Through Sports, which seeks to “give people a positive identity and confidence through athletics and a healthy lifestyle.” according to her website.
Gracie and her family are Christians and she has spoken about how important her faith is to her.
“What keeps me grounded first of all is my faith and my relationship with Jesus Christ and then having a solid family that believes in me, that encourages me in what I want to pursue and that gives me difficulties when they know that [I] need to improve in this area,” Hunt told Her Campus in 2018.
He also described his father, Clark Hunt, as someone who “loves God first, loves his wife second, and loves all of us as a family better than anything I could ever have hoped for.”
Gracie Hunt will cheer on the Kansas City Chiefs as they take on the Philadelphia Eagles in this year’s Super Bowl.
Super Bowl 2023 will take place on Sunday, February 12 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
After the Chiefs earned a Super Bowl berth, Hunt took to Instagram to share a video of her on the field celebrating the team’s AFC Championship win on Jan. 29, which she captioned, “GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!”