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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 created the Houston Texans Social Justice Fund and established new partnerships in the community to inspire change here in Houston.

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.

YMCA Virtual Sunday Supper for MLK Day: The Fierce Urgency of Now

YMCA Virtual Sunday Supper for MLK Day: The Fierce Urgency of Now

The Texans were honored to participate and support the YMCA Houston Equity Innovation Center Sunday Supper, a virtual round-table event that continued important conversations in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. On the eve of MLK Day, Sunday Supper brought diverse individuals from the community together to discuss racial issues, community unity and collective action inspired by Dr. King's vision. DB Michael Thomas was one of the panelists during the event. Khambrel Marshall, YMCA of Greater Houston board chair and community leader, served as moderator of panel discussion. The Texans sponsored gift boxes for the first 200 attendees and members of the Texans staff served on the organizing committee of the event, which had over 400 participants.

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.

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 was launched in spring of 2021 to recognize Black Outstanding Leaders and Doers who are making a significant impact in the Greater Houston area. Five winners will be selected and $25,000 in grants will be awarded to their local nonprofits. In addition to the contribution, each winner will be highlighted on Texans social media channels and will be recognized at an end of year celebration in the fall of 2021.

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.

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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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