On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Aug. 27, 2016 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CDT Houston Texans at Super Bowl LI Touchdown Tour

    Meet Houston Texans Cheerleaders (10am-12pm), TORO (10am-11am) and Ambassadors Seth Payne and Wade Smith (11am-12pm) at the Houston Super Bowl LI Touchdown Tour at Space Center Houston (1601 NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058) on Saturday, August 27 from 10am-2pm!

    Info: http://www.housuperbowl.com/houston-super-bowl-host-committee-announces-touchdown-tour-date

  • Sat., Aug. 27, 2016 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CDT Texans 360 TV Show Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 11 PM for this Texans show that covers all the happenings each week of the team throughout the offseason from community events, offseason training and various team functions with Cheerleaders and players.
  • Tue., Aug. 30, 2016 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT Houston Texans Team Luncheon pres. by Amegy Bank of Texas

    The Houston Texans Team Luncheon is set for Tuesday, August 30 from noon – 2pm with the entire Texans team.  Hear from Head Coach Bill O’Brien and top Texans players as they prepare for the 2016 season!

    Table/Ticket Info - http://www.houstontexans.com/community/team-luncheon.html

  • Sat., Sep. 03, 2016 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CDT Texans 360 TV Show Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 11 PM for this Texans show that covers all the happenings each week of the team throughout the offseason from community events, offseason training and various team functions with Cheerleaders and players.
  • Sun., Sep. 04, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT Houston Texans Back To Football Fan Fest

    Football season is officially back! Come kickoff the season with us at our new Back to Football Fan Fest at CITYCENTRE Plaza (I-10 & Beltway 8) on Sunday, September 4 from 1pm - 3pm!  Bring the entire family for this FREE event and join Houston Texans Ambassadors, Cheerleaders, and TORO! We'll also have live music, autograph signings, interactive games, and Texans giveaways so don't miss out! 

    Info - http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/fanfest.html

  • Fri., Sep. 09, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Fuddruckers

    Friday, September 9
    Noon-1pm – Fuddruckers, 2400B South MacGregor Way, Houston, TX 77021

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE classic shake (1/person) for this hour at any area Fuddruckers

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

    More info: http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/Texans-Friday.html

  • Sat., Sep. 10, 2016 11:00 PM - 11:30 PM CDT Texans 360 TV Show Tune into KTRK ABC 13 in Houston (or check local listings across Texas) each Saturday at 11 PM for this Texans show that covers all the happenings each week of the team throughout the offseason from community events, offseason training and various team functions with Cheerleaders and players.
  • Fri., Sep. 16, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, September 16
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 6060 Long Dr., Houston, TX 77087

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE Jumbo Jack for this hour at this location

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

    Jack in the Box is going to be giving away 4 tickets to a Houston Texans home game and two autograph items

    More info: http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/Texans-Friday.html

  • Fri., Sep. 30, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT Texans Friday: Jack in the Box

    Friday, September 30
    Noon-1pm – Jack in the Box, 739 North Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, TX 77060

    Proudly wear your Texans gear to get a FREE Jumbo Jack for this hour at this location

    Houston Texans Cheerleaders signing autographs and taking pictures

    Jack in the Box is going to be giving away 4 tickets to a Houston Texans home game and two autograph items

    More info: http://www.houstontexans.com/fan-zone/Texans-Friday.html

  • Sun., Oct. 09, 2016 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT Running of the Bulls 5K Run/Walk pres. by H-E-B

    The 2016 Houston Texans Running of the Bulls 5K Run and Walk presented by H-E-B and TORO's Kids 1K presented by Texas Children’s Hospital are Sunday, October 9 at NRG Park.  Both races included a race t-shirt, interactive water stops, entry into the post-race party and finish on the floor of NRG Stadium.  Be sure to secure your spot today at HoustonTexans.com before the race sells out! 

    Register - http://www.houstontexans.com/community/houston-texans-foundation/ROTB-H.html

News

Print
RSS

Texans give new home to widowed mother and son

Posted Oct 30, 2012

The Houston Texans and Operation Finally Home joined forces Tuesday to hand Sarah Wood the keys to her brand new house.


Last December, Sara Wood received the surprise of a lifetime.

Recently widowed after her husband, Marine Staff Sgt. Scott Wood, died of battle injury complications, Sara attended the Texans’ Dec. 18 home game against the Carolina Panthers, where she was expecting to be recognized at halftime.

What Sara wasn’t expecting was an announcement that she and her five-year-old son, Landon, would be receiving a custom-built, mortgage-free house in Alvin, Texas, courtesy of the Houston Texans and Operation FINALLY HOME, an organization that builds houses for disabled veterans or their widowed families. At the time, Sara and Landon were sharing a single bedroom in her parents’ home.

Tuesday morning, the Texans and Operation FINALLY HOME joined forces to hand Sara and Landon the keys to their brand new house, which came fully furnished and with a year’s worth of free electricity compliments of Gallery Furniture and Reliant Energy.

Mother and son smiled, hugged, cried and reveled in the moment as a sense of normalcy was returned to their lives after the obstacles of the past year.

“I’m still in shock right now,” Wood said. “This is amazing and wonderful and bittersweet and scary. It’s a little bit of everything.”

Landon, now six, was overcome with excitement when his very own room was revealed to him.

“As a mom, knowing that he’s always going to have a place that’s his is amazing,” Wood said through tears of joy. “He’s got his room upstairs; he’s so excited. And to see him smile so much… he’s so happy.”

Texans center Chris Myers and outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus were on hand for the unveiling of the house, both recognizing the magnitude of the moment for the Woods family.

“Their reaction, it’s really awesome, and it’s a blessed opportunity for them,” Mercilus said. “We’re appreciative to be a part of this. If everybody could do something like this for somebody, it’d be a better nation.”

Myers, whose grandfathers both served in the military, says he would have gone down the same path had it not been for football. He has a special place in his heart for veterans and their families.

“I’m very honored to be a part of this,” Myers said. “Sara and Landon are going to have a great home and kind of a fresh start. It’s not going to fix a lot of the problems they’ve had to deal with the past year, but it’s some way to kind of get going.”

The Woods are self-proclaimed diehard Texans fans. Sara noted that if her husband were still alive, his first reaction would have been, “Dadgummit, I want to be down there meeting all those football players.” She shared an anecdote about how Scott used to wear Battle Red under his uniform when he worked in security at the Superdome. He also was laid to rest in a No. 80 Andre Johnson Texans jersey underneath his military dress blues.

“Before he left on every deployment, he always said he’d always take care of us, and I know he is,” Wood said, crying. “I hope he’s proud of me, and I hope he’s proud of everything that was done. I know that he’d love this.“

Content on HoustonTexans.com does not necessarily represent the views of the Houston Texans front office staff, coaches or executives.

Trending Now

Recent News