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We know this has been a hard time in our community and across the globe. It is our hope that we can do our part in making the Houston community stronger than ever before. With the support of Amegy Bank, The Official Business Bank of the Houston Texans, we are dedicated to promoting and assisting the small businesses that make our community so great.
Texans Fans, nominate your favorite local business by telling us how they positively affect your community! Whether it's as simple as a smiling face or as big as a community service project, show us what businesses help make your community Houston Strong.
The Campeón de la Comunidad Award presented by Miller Lite honors a leader in the Latino community who is making a positive impact on the city of Houston through service to a local nonprofit. The winner will receive a $20,000 grant in their name to the organization of their choice, a community event in their honor, an invitation to an honoree reception, and will be recognized at a Texans home game.
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Texans honored Carlos Valdez Jr. as the 2018 Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award winner for his volunteer service to the YMCA of Greater Houston. Carlos has been a volunteer with the YMCA for more than 30 years. As part of the award, a $10,000 donation was made from the NFL Foundation and the Texans in his name to YMCA teen leadership programs. A ceremony honoring Carlos and the teens was hosted by the Texans with defensive end Joel Heath, Ambassador Cecil Shorts III, and Cheerleaders.
The Lady Texans hosted a special dining etiquette class for 20 young ladies from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston SMART Girls character-development program. The SMART Girls program helps girls to develop healthy attitudes and relationships, with the goal of enhancing self-esteem. An instructor led a fun, interactive lesson to empower the girls to be more confident when it comes to manners and dining etiquette. The Lady Texans and young ladies enjoyed a fun evening getting to know one another, and all left having learned something about themselves.
During February, 25 junior-year football players from Thurgood Marshall High School visited two Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the Greater Houston Area as part of the Texans Black History Month initiative. While at Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern universities, the students toured the campus and athletic facilities and learned about each school's rich history and athletic programs from the head football coaches and athletic directors. Joining the students on their tours were cornerback Johnathan Joseph, linebacker Brennan Scarlett, and wide receiver Jester Weah, as well as Texans Legends Garrick Jones, Moran Norris, and Chris White and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Ken Houston, a Prairie View A&M alumnus.
WISE (Women in Sports and Events) is the leading voice and resource for professional women in the business of sports. The mission of WISE is to create and support programs that enhance the success and growth of women in the business of sports. The Texans are proud to be a founding partner and supporter of WISE and provide memberships to WISE for all female employees so that they can take advantage of the leadership and growth opportunities provided by the organization.
The Lady Texans is an organization made up of an executive committee and the wives and significant others of the players and coaches. The purpose of the Lady Texans is to support the team and the Foundation, with a special focus on women, youth, and military initiatives. The Lady Texans volunteer their time at many Texans events, including military-appreciation events and Foundation fundraisers.
The 2018 rookie class, including safety Justin Reid, wide receiver Keke Coutee, tackle Martinas Rankin, and tight end Jordan Thomas, treated 14 kids from the HTY and the BGCGH to a holiday shopping spree at a local Academy Sports + Outdoors. Whataburger provided breakfast, and Academy donated a $200 gift card to each child. At the end of the shopping spree, each child was surprised with a new bike and helmet.
The Texans are proud to work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant the wishes of children who are diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. This year, the Texans helped grant the wish of Jeremy, who wanted to meet defensive end J.J. Watt. Watt invited Jeremy and his family out to a Texans game at NRG Stadium, where they were able to spend time together before the game and where Jeremy got to meet several more players. Jeremy turned out to be a good-luck charm, cheering the Texans to a big win over the Buffalo Bills.
The Texans again partnered with Harris County Precinct One, donating $15,000 to support the annual Street Olympics Summer Games, a program designed to turn games that young people traditionally play on the streets — like football, basketball, and kickball — into a positive, rewarding Olympics-style competition. Kids from all over Houston came out to participate in a fun-filled day at the NRG Center.
With a gift of $350,000, the Texans established the Houston Texans Enrichment Zone at the Houston Zoo. The space features interactive signage with players and TORO and has plenty of seating for kids and families to watch the educational show "TORO's Training Camp," performed daily, and to enjoy Keeper Talks. In 2018, 750 shows were performed for more than 13,000 kids.
The Texans are dedicated to supporting the health and wellness of student-athletes throughout Houston. Through a partnership with Houston Methodist, the Official Health Care Provider of the Houston Texans, the Texans have donated more than $1.6 million to Houston Methodist to fund vital programs for middle- and high-school student-athletes.
For the third year, the NFL gave players the opportunity to highlight causes important to them through the My Cause My Cleats initiative. Players wore custom-designed cleats reflecting their commitment to charitable causes. More than 30 players participated in the initiative.
The Texans 2018 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee was linebacker Whitney Mercilus. Mercilus's foundation, WithMerci, has donated more than $325,000 to advocate for children with disabilities. Considered one of the league's most prestigious honors, the award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field. For his selection, Mercilus received a $50,000 donation to the WithMerci Foundation, with an additional $50,000 donation made in his honor to implement the United Way Character Playbook program in Houston.