The Houston Texans are passionate about giving back to the Houston community. In 2008, the Texans pioneered a unique strategy within the NFL, adopting three strategic community partners with whom we could focus our efforts and resources. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, the YMCA of Greater Houston, and the Houston Food Bank were selected. With these partners, the Texans support and administer programs in education, character development, and health and fitness for youth and families throughout the Houston area.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (BGCGH) and the Texans strive to help youth in our area reach their full potential. Since 2010, we have worked together to support this goal and inspire positive change. In 2016, the Texans made a gift of $750,000 to the BGCGH to open the Houston Texans Teen Club (HTTC) for youth ages 14 to 18. The club includes a college and career center, Carnival’s Endzone game room, a wellness room, a café, and the Houston Food Bank Market Pantry, which is managed by the teens.
The Boys & Girls Club, the Houston Food Bank, the Texans, and Carnival collaborated to create a community service program at the HTTC. The Voyage to Tackle Hunger program helps teach teens the importance of giving back. Teens earn service hours by managing the Houston Food Bank Market Pantry, which provides food to underserved residents in the area, and through other volunteer efforts. The teen with the most volunteer hours each year is awarded an all-expenses-paid family cruise courtesy of Carnival.
The Texans are strong supporters of the BGCGH’s character-development programs S.M.A.R.T. Girls and Passport to Manhood, visiting the program with special Texans guests each year. Each semester, more than 500 teenagers in Boys & Girls Clubs across the city meet weekly to complete classes on topics such as childhood obesity, health and fitness, and relationships.
The Texans and Carnival teamed up to host a Summer Kickoff event at the Havard Boys & Girls Club. During the event, linebacker Jadeveon Clowney and cornerback Johnathan Joseph hosted a variety of activities that taught gridiron fundamentals to kids, and each child had the chance to take home a Texans teddy bear. The event included a surprise $10,000 donation from Carnival to the BGCGH.
The Texans and Comcast hosted a digital literacy workshop for families of the BGCGH. A Comcast representative shared information on low-cost options for in-home internet and safety, and cornerback Aaron Colvin spoke about the importance of technology and education. Comcast made a $5,000 donation to the BGCGH and surprised the 50 families in attendance with tickets to a Texans game.
The BGCGH annual gala, the Great Futures Dinner, raises money for the 14 Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Greater Houston and the more than 11,000 at-risk youth served through their after-school and summer programs. Cheerleaders and TORO greeted guests as they entered the event, and the Texans donated silent auction items and Super Bowl LII tickets for the live auction, helping to raise $779,300.
The Texans celebrated the high school graduation of members of the HTTC in May. The celebration included offensive linemen Julién Davenport and Greg Mancz, Ambassador Matt Murphy, Cheerleaders, and officials from the BGCGH and the Texans. All graduating seniors received a certificate of recognition and gifts for college.
Linebacker Brian Peters and safety Eddie Pleasant hosted 50 Houston Texans Teen Club members from the BGCGH for a Holiday Party at Main Event. TORO and Cheerleaders joined in for arcade games, laser tag, bowling, billiards, and more. Each teen received holiday gifts donated by the Texans and staff members at the conclusion of the event.