The Houston Texans YMCA (HTY), located in Houston's Greater Third Ward, is the heart of the partnership between the Texans and the YMCA of Greater Houston. Since opening in 2011 with a gift from the Texans, the facility has provided programs in health and wellness, youth sports, child care, and adult development to the community at little or no cost, with no individual in need turned away.
When Texans founder, senior chairman, and chief executive officer Robert C. McNair passed away in 2018, the Foundation received more than $100,000 in donations in his honor from fans, friends, partners, and other NFL teams. In the spirit of continuing his legacy to be Champions for Youth, the McNair family and the Foundation donated those funds to the YMCA of Greater Houston so that any incoming ninth grader could join the YMCA for free over the summer. In the first week, 610 teens signed up, each provided with the opportunity to have a fun, safe, and enriching summer at the Y.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson, Cheerleaders, and Gatorade visited the HTY to teach kids how to "Beat the Heat" during the hot summer months in Houston. Watson talked about the importance of hydration and staying cool and brought fun football drills for the kids to enjoy.
Donate your school supplies to the Houston Texans School Supply Drive and help deserving kids in the Greater Third Ward get back to school! By donating, you'll be entered to win 2 Lower Level Tickets to the Liberty White Out Home Opener against the Jaguars on September 15!
Donations Accepted: August 1 - August 16
School Supply Wish List: Pens and pencils, pencil sharpeners, eraser, 24-pack of crayons, 8-pack of markers or colored pencils, 12" ruler, child safety scissors, folder, spiral notebook, one-inch wide binder, glue bottle or glue stick, roll of tape, ruled loose leaf 8-1/2 x 11 paper (wide ruled), new backpack
The Texans established the NFL Flag Football program at the HTY in 2013 with a $200,000 youth sports grant. This program has allowed nearly 5,000 kids to learn the game of football and enjoy friendly competition with little or no financial worry. The NFL Flag Football program offers a fun, non-contact football experience for boys and girls ages 5 to 17. The Texans and Ambassador Eric Brown helped kick off the new HTY flag football season at a celebration in September. The YMCA Flag Football league concluded with the Tournament of Champions, hosted by the Texans at the Houston Methodist Training Center in November.
The Lady Texans held a Breakfast With Santa holiday party at NRG Stadium for 50 youth from the HTY's outreach programs. The event included a DJ, a dance contest, a caricature artist, arts and crafts, and photos with Santa TORO. A delicious breakfast was served, and each child received gifts from his or her holiday wish list, which had been donated by the Lady Texans.
The Texans hosted a pizza party and celebration at the HTY for youth who participated in the YMCA versus BGCGH Challenge at halftime of the Texans Care game presented by Chevron. The party was attended by tackle Julién Davenport and wide receiver Sammie Coates, who enjoyed pizza and games with the kids.