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The Texans adopted three strategic community partners in 2008 with the goal of focusing our Champions for Youth efforts and resources to create a deeper impact in the community. 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 work together to help youth in our area reach their full potential. In 2016, the Texans made a gift of $750,000 to the BGCGH to open the Houston Texans Teen Club (HTTC) in the greater Heights area. The club, the first of its kind in the city, gives teens ages 14 to 18 a place to call their own. The club includes the CDW College and Career Playbook, a game room, a café, and the Houston Food Bank Market Pantry and provides a safe, fun, and engaging atmosphere for all.
The BGCGH, the Houston Food Bank, and the Texans joined together to create the Teen Club Service Program at the Houston Texans Teen Club. Through this program, the teens operate a food pantry that distributes groceries twice a month to anyone who needs them, with the line sometimes stretching around the building. The teens earn service hours for their work and the teen with the most hours at the end of the year is honored at the Teen Club Graduation. Since 2017, members of the HTTC have completed more than 3,650 hours of service in the pantry. In April, tackles Martinas Rankin, Julién Davenport, and Roderick Johnson and center/guard Greg Mancz made a special visit to the pantry to help the teens serve the community.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson was inducted into the Boys & Girls Clubs Alumni Hall of Fame at in May. For the past 29 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America has recognized distinguished Boys & Girls Clubs alumni with this honor. During the induction ceremony, Watson spoke about how much the club meant to him growing up and the important role it played in his life.
Kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn and running back Buddy Howell hosted 50 HTTC members for a holiday party at Top Golf. TORO and Cheerleaders joined in for a fun night of golfing, and everyone enjoyed a photo booth and sweet treats courtesy of Ashley HomeStore. Each teen received holiday gifts donated by the Texans.
The Texans celebrated the high school graduation of members of the HTTC in May. The celebration included running back Buddy Howell, safety A.J. Hendy, and Cheerleaders. Certificates and gifts for college were handed out to all of the graduating seniors. Senior Briana Ward was recognized for volunteering the most hours as part of the Teen Club Community Service program.
The Texans and United Airlines hosted members of the HTTC for a special aviation career day at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
The Texans hosted a pizza party and celebration at the Stafford Boys & Girls Club for youth who participated in the YMCA versus BGCGH Challenge at halftime of the Texans Care game presented by Chevron. Texans center/guard Greg Mancz, tackle Kendall Lamm, and guard Chad Slade joined for pizza and played basketball and volleyball with the kids.
The Texans and Comcast hosted a digital-literacy workshop for families at the Holthouse Boys & Girls Club. A Comcast representative shared information on low-cost options for in-home internet, and quarterback Joe Webb III spoke about the key role technology has played in his life. Comcast made a $5,000 donation to the BGCGH and surprised the families in attendance with tickets to a Texans game.
The BGCGH annual gala, the Great Futures Dinner, raises money for the 23 Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Greater Houston and the more than 20,000 at-risk youth served through their after-school and summer programs. The Texans donated silent-auction items and secured Super Bowl LIII tickets for the live auction, which raised $15,000 for the cause.
The Texans and Conn's hosted Trick or Texans at Conn's HomePlus. Members of the Stafford Boys & Girls Club were invited to trick or treat around the store with wide receiver Sammie Coates and running back Tyler Ervin, TORO, and Cheerleaders.