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Inspire Change

In 2019, the NFL established the Inspire Change initiative, which focuses on creating a positive impact in local communities and supporting programs that reduce barriers to opportunity by targeting three areas: improvements to police and community relations, improvements to education and economic advancement and criminal justice reform. With these goals in mind, the Texans established new partnerships in the community to inspire change here in Houston.

Inspire Change Grant

Inspire Change Grant

It Takes All of Us. The Inspire Change Grant, supported in partnership with the Houston Texans, ConocoPhillips, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages and Miller Lite, was created to fund programs, seed projects and create partnerships that support social justice and racial equity efforts in Houston. The Texans and partners will award $400,000 in grants to nonprofits and educational programs that are working to make a difference in Houston.

Inspire Change Grant Recipient Breakfast

Inspire Change Grant Recipient Breakfast

On Giving Tuesday, Nov. 30, the Texans, ConocoPhillips, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages and Miller Lite awarded $400,000 through the Inspire Change Grant Fund to 15 local nonprofits and educational programs working to make a difference in the Houston community. The recipients were surprised at a breakfast at NRG Stadium with Texans players, Vice President of the Houston Texans Foundation Hannah McNair and Texans Legends. The Texans announced the creation of the Inspire Change Grant Fund in September to aid programs, seed projects and create partnerships that support social justice and racial equity efforts.

Kwanzaa Celebration at SHAPE Community Center

Kwanzaa Celebration at SHAPE Community Center

The Texans helped celebrate Kwanzaa with Inspire Change Grant recipient, SHAPE Community Center. SHAPE was recently the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Texans, ConocoPhillips, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages and Miller Lite to support their work in the community with underserved youth. Texans Cheerleaders took part in the short presentation about Kwanzaa centered around the principal of Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) and joined kids for special activities. The Texans also provided giveaways, lunch and an ice cream truck for attendees.

Inspire Change Grant Recipient Book Donation with Books Between Kids

Inspire Change Grant Recipient Book Donation with Books Between Kids

Texans players and Cheerleaders helped students at DeAnda Elementary School pick six books to take home and keep free of charge thanks to Books Between Kids. Books Between Kids helps to get books in the hands of at-risk students across the city and is one of the 15 nonprofits that received funds through the $400,000 Inspire Change Grant presented by the Texans, ConocoPhillips, Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages and Miller Lite.

B.O.L.D. Awards presented by Coca-Cola

B.O.L.D. Awards presented by Coca-Cola

The Texans B.O.L.D. Awards presented by Coca-Cola recognizes Black Outstanding Leaders and Doers who are making a significant impact in the Greater Houston area. Five winners were selected and $25,000 in grants were awarded to their local nonprofits. In addition to the contribution, each winner was highlighted on Texans social media channels and recognized at Texans gameday.

Police Activities League Sports Kits Giveaway

Police Activities League Sports Kits Giveaway

Texans Legend Wade Smith, Chief of Police Troy Finner, Houston Texans Cheerleaders and TORO joined Houston Police Officers and Youth to give away 300 kits in total to youth in the community at Emancipation Park through the HPD PAL program. Kits were filled with footballs, jump ropes, sidewalk chalk and more.

YMCA Freedom Tour

YMCA Freedom Tour

Texans DB Justin Reid joined YMCA Teen LIFE participants on the YMCA Freedom Tour to tour landmarks in the Historic Third Ward community. The Texans are proud supporters of the YMCA Teen LIFE program.

Emancipation Park Tour

Emancipation Park Tour

Houston Texans Legend Cecil Shorts III visited Emancipation Park, the oldest park in Texas, to learn more about Juneteenth and the role it has played in the life of African Americans.

George Floyd Remembrance Walk

George Floyd Remembrance Walk

The Houston Texans volunteered at the annual George Floyd Remembrance Walk.

Houston Texans Social Justice Fund

Houston Texans Social Justice Fund

The Houston Texans Social Justice Fund was established in 2019 alongside the NFL's Inspire Change initiative. The fund was created to assist nonprofits in the Greater Houston area that support youth and provide legal services for underprivileged citizens. In 2020, the YMCA of Greater Houston, Restoring Justice, 8 Million Stories and Texas Civil Rights Project were selected as grant recipients, receiving $100,000 in grants. Throughout the year, the Texans organization engages with these nonprofits and the individuals they serve through programming and events.

Rent Relief Fund Donation

Rent Relief Fund Donation

Texans co-founder and senior chair Janice S. McNair donated $1 million to the Houston Rent Relief Program. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the fund with city council in August to help the most vulnerable families who are unable to pay rent because of financial problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The fund provided quick assistance to help families avoid evictions and keep the most in-need families housed.

We are Texans, We are Voters

We are Texans, We are Voters

During the 2020 Election season, the Texans created the We are Texans, We are Voters initiative. The purpose of the initiative was to help Season Ticket Members, fans and the community be informed around the election and to encourage participation in local, state and national elections. In partnership with Rock the Vote, Texans players and staff were able to register to vote, learn more about what would be on their ballots and identify nearby polling locations. To further encourage participation across the organization, executives, players, cheerleaders, coaches and staff received We Are Texans, We are Voters kits that included a VOTE t-shirts, an "I Voted" sticker, hand sanitizer and other things that could be used to cast their vote. The Texans also held a drive-through voting registration drive at the Houston Texans YMCA to help residents in the Third Ward get registered.

Youth for Change National Town Hall

Youth for Change National Town Hall

DB Michael Thomas participated in a panel discussion with the NFL and Boys & Girls Clubs of America on social justice. Thomas served on the panel with DB Justin Simmons of the Broncos, Jason Wright, president of the Washington Football Team, Houston Texans Teen Club member Reggie and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston member Aerial from the Johnny Mitchell Club in Galveston to talk about criminal justice reform, police relations and issues facing teens.

Black History Month

Black History Month

In observance of Black History Month, the Houston Texans hosted "Celebrate Black History," an initiative aimed at educating its staff on the role and impact African Americans have made in our local community, businesses, education and sports. With the help of local historians, community leaders and elected officials, Texans employees learned about African Americans migration to Houston, local efforts during the Civil Rights movement, the effects of segregation and integration and the impact local Houstonians have had on sports, music and business. To close out the three-day series, staff received a giftbox, filled with over 20 items and offers from local black-owned businesses, a meal from local restaurant Lucille's and a sweet treat from the Funnel Cake House.

Houston Texans & GHPAL Virtual Dialogue on Social Justice

Houston Texans & GHPAL Virtual Dialogue on Social Justice

DL Jacob Martin and Legend ND Kalu joined Houston Police Department Executive Assistant Chief (and now HPD Chief) Troy Finner, and Greater Houston Police Activities League (GHPAL) officers for a virtual dialogue with teens on social justice. The teen participants, who are a part of the GHPAL Program, had the opportunity to ask the panelists questions about criminal justice and police relations. More than 50 local teens tuning in to watch the conversation.

Learn More

The McNair family introduces a new video series titled, "Conversations for Change," aimed to continue the dialogue about racism and social injustice. Led by Houston Texans Co-founder and Senior Chair Janice McNair, Chairman and Chief Officer Cal McNair and Houston Texans Foundation Vice President Hannah McNair.

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