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Texans Care in the Community
Winning Championships, Creating Memorable Experiences and Doing Great Things for Houston are the three imperatives of the Texans organization as we work toward our mission to be Champions for Youth. The Texans are proud to support fans, members of the community and nonprofits large and small that make a difference in our city.
Small Business Boost Presented by Amegy Bank
The Texans and Amegy Bank joined forces in 2020 to create the Small Business Boost to support local businesses in Houston facing challenging times during the pandemic. After announcing four winners in 2020 and awarding $20,000 in grants, the Texans and Amegy Bank brought back the Small Business Boost in 2021. Winners, who are nominated by fans, receive a $2,500 grant, marketing and promotional assets from the Texans and Amegy Bank, Amegy Bank event opportunities, an award plaque and inclusion in the Houston Texans Local Business Playbook. Winners include: Three Brother's Bakery, the Plated Plant, Little Matt's, KidTastic, the Artz, Sweets by Belen and Cochinita & co.
Community Champs Award
The new Houston Texans Community Champ Award will recognize individuals who perform acts of heroism, bravery and selflessness. The award will be presented to residents of Houston who put the needs of others ahead of their own and demonstrate a dedication to helping their fellow Houstonians. Brandon and Brodrick Brown, Jack Yates High School football players, were recognized with the first award. On July 4, the Browns alerted their neighbors to a fire in their garage, not only saving the homeowners, but going back in the home several times to grab priceless family belongings.
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.
B.O.L.D. Awards Presented by Coca-Cola
The Texans B.O.L.D. Awards was launched in the summer 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 a celebration in the fall of 2021.
Black History Month
In observance of Black History Month, the 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 gift box 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 Area Women's Center
The Lady Texans have been longtime supporters of the Houston Area Women's Center and its mission to end domestic violence and sexual assault. This past year, the Lady Texans purchased essential items for care kits for Houston Area Women's Center residents. Foundation Vice President Hannah McNair delivered all of the items to the residential shelter along with a donation of $5,000 and lunch for the ladies and their children.
Mother's Day Surprise Presented by Coca-Cola
Foundation Vice President Hannah McNair, TORO and Cheerleaders helped honor 10 deserving mothers the week of Mother's Day. Each mom received a bouquet of flowers, $500 cash and a $500 gift card to Kroger courtesy of Coca-Cola to help make her weekend extra special. One single mother was invited with her boys for a special VIP grocery trip at Kroger and also given additional gifts and surprises.
Campeón de la Comunidad Award presented by Miller Lite
The Campeón de la Comunidad Award honors an outstanding leader in the Latino community who is making a positive impact on Houston through service to a local nonprofit. The 2020 winner was Maria Aguirre, the director of community initiatives at Avenue CDC. Two finalists, Mia Garcia of Combined Arms and Joe Gonzales of Zoey's Angels, were also recognized. In honor of Aguirre, the Texans and Miller Lite donated $20,000 to Avenue, a nonprofit that focuses on building affordable homes and provides programs that support working families in the Greater Northside. The Texans and Miller Lite made additional donations of $2,500 each to Combined Arms and Zoey's Angels. In October, the Texans hosted a virtual reception honoring the winners and hosted a resource drive-thru with Avenue, Cheerleaders, TORO and Deep Steel Thunder Band where families received groceries from the Houston Food Bank and goodies from the Texans and Miller Lite.
Mission of Yahweh Playground Donation
Legend Chester Pitts, Cheerleaders and TORO visited the Mission of Yahweh for the ground-breaking ceremony for a new playground made possible by a donation of $50,000 by Texans Co-Founder and Senior Chair Janice S. McNair. The playground will serve the approximately 100 women and children who call Mission of Yahweh home. The Mission of Yahweh is a faith-based shelter that has been empowering, enriching and restoring the lives of homeless women and children and providing outreach services to low-income communities since 1961.
Support for Wise
WISE (Women in Sports and Events) is the leading voice and resource for professional women in sports. The mission of WISE is to create and support programs that enhance the success and growth of women in the business. 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.
Frontline Heroes to Super Bowl LV
As part of the NFL's celebration of frontline medical heroes, the Texans sent four vaccinated healthcare workers from Texas Children's Hospital to Super Bowl LV. TORO and Cheerleaders surprised the four recipients at the West Campus location with the news and gift bags for their trip to Tampa Bay. The guests included Texas Children's Hospital West Campus Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Medical Director Dr. Matthew Pesek, nurses Matt Rivera and Bhumi Patel, and respiratory therapist Kaitlin Hernandez. As a thank-you for their unwavering commitment to their community through the pandemic, each healthcare worker received a round-trip flight on United Airlines, a two-night hotel stay, a Texans travel kit, a Super Bowl LV Draft Experience, a Gameday Tailgate and a ticket to the game.
Sensory Kit Donation
To unveil the Texans 2021 schedule, Fried Rice Artist Alissa tossed a piece of artwork to represent each of the Texans opponents. After the rice had been tossed, we collected the grains of colored rice and added Texans fidget spinners, coins and football player figures to assemble educational sensory bins for kids. TORO and OL Roderick Johnson delivered the sensory bins to the YMCA Children's Academy at Texas Medical Center.
Thanksgiving Turkey Drive
The Texans supported the Super Turkey Food Drive and the 42nd annual Thanksgiving Super Feast in partnership with the City of Houston and the City Wide Club of America. The Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts help feed more than 30,000 underprivileged individuals, families, senior citizens and veterans during the holiday season. This year, instead of an in-person meal, families received groceries to take home for the holidays. The Texans donated $5,000, and TORO and Cheerleaders were on hand to help support the event.