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Player Initiatives

Texans players are passionate about winning championships on the field, but supporting good causes off the field is just as important. On Texans Care Tuesdays throughout the season, players spent their only day off giving back to the community. This year, players conducted mostly virtual appearances, meeting fans on screen while still making an impact in the community.

My Cause My Cleats

2 A.J. McCarron- Breast Cancer Awareness, USA Women's & Children's Hospital of Mobile, AL & United Way of Mobile, AL
4 Deshaun Watson- The Deshaun Watson Foundation
9 Bryan Anger- Project Restoration Foundation
11 Steven Mitchell Jr.- Mental Health Awareness
13 Brandin Cooks- Support Single Moms
17 Chad Hansen- Pulmonary Hypertension Association
18 Randall Cobb- Eight Million Stories & Restoring Justice
20 Justin Reid- Zach Hoffpaulr Project, Know Your Rights Camp & Restoring Justice
25 Duke Johnson- Anger Management
31 David Johnson- The Johnson Family's Mission 31 Foundation
32 Lonnie Johnson Jr.- Black Lives Matter
33 A.J. Moore- Black Lives Matter
35 Keion Crossen- Social Justice
36 Jonathan Owens- Better Family Life Inc.
38 Buddy Howell- The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston & Mental Health Awareness
40 Scottie Phillips- The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston
43 Anthony Chesley- BetterUConnect
44 Cullen Gillaspia- Kidz1stFund
46 Jon Weeks- Child Advocates and Kirstyn's Krew
50 Tyrell Adams- The Tyrell Adams Foundation
51 Dylan Cole- Man Up and Go
54 Jacob Martin- Black Lives Matter
55 Benardrick McKinney- Urban Enrichment Institute
57 Brennan Scarlett- The Big Yard Foundation
58 Peter Kalambayl- Mission Transformation
59 Whitney Mercilus- WithMerci Foundation
64 Senio Kelemete- Cancer Awareness
65 Greg Mancz- Houston Food Bank
66 Nick Martin- Firefighter Appreciation
71 Tytus Howard- Social justice
74 Max Scharping- Brain Aneurism Awareness
81 Kahale Warring- Stoke for Life Foundation
82 Isaiah Coulter- Breast Cancer Awareness
88 Jordan Akins- Breast Cancer Awareness
90 Ross Blacklock- Social Justice
94 Charles Omenihu- American Heart Association
98 Auzoyah Alufohal- Mental Illness
Houston Texans Cheerleaders- Eight Million Stories & Houston Area Women's Center
TORO- Anti-bullying
Lonestar Sports & Entertainment- DePelchin Children's Center

Holiday Programs

DL Jacob Martin distributed turkeys and sides to 150 families at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston - Morefield location for the Thanksgiving holiday.

QB Deshaun Watson and Cheerleaders handed out Thanksgiving turkeys and all the fixings to students and families at Pro-Vision.

QB Deshaun Watson partnered with the Houston Police Department to distribute and donate 200 bikes to the Southeast Houston community at the Bikes, Ballers and Badges Christmas event.

QB Deshaun Watson teamed up with H-E-B and Reliant to donate a year's worth of groceries and electricity to four families served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston to give them a better and brighter 2021.

WRs Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb provided meal kits to 80 families served by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston – Morefield location and Eight Million Stories.

The tight ends adopted 15 middle school boys from the Urban Enrichment Institute, an all-boys after-school mentoring program in the Fifth Ward, gifting them with bikes, tablets, toys and clothes from their wish lists.

DB Justin Reid baked and delivered sugar cookies and care packages to 20 children at Texas Children's Hospital in partnership with Candlelighters, a childhood cancer family alliance, and read a book to the children virtually for the Christmas holiday.

DL Whitney Mercilus gave back on Thanksgiving week. Through his WithMerci charitable foundation, Mercilus donated meals to 100 families for the holiday.

DL Jacob Martin partnered with the Seismic Museum to treat six families from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston to a fun day at the experiential museum. Martin surprised each child with holiday gifts from their Christmas list.

NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year

The Texans 2020 Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee was DB Michael Thomas. Thomas' charitable work focuses on support for social justice and financial literacy for youth in underserved communities. 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, Thomas received a $50,000 donation to the Dreambuilders Foundation.