The Texans are the top contributors to the United Way in the NFL and the number one per capita supporter of the United Way in Houston.
Since our founding in 2002, the Texans have supported the United Way of Greater Houston. Annually, the organization achieves 100 percent participation in its internal campaign from players, coaches, ownership, and front-office staff. During the December 10 game, Texans chairman and COO Cal McNair and president Jamey Rootes presented a check for $700,000 to United Way CEO Anna Babin.
The Community Quarterback Award is an opportunity for the Texans to recognize outstanding volunteers from local United Way agencies whose work makes Houston a better place. In 2018, Tehmina Masud was chosen as the Community Quarterback for her dedication and years of service at Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston, a nonprofit that brings people of diverse faith traditions together for dialogue, collaboration, and service. A $25,000 donation was made to the organization in her name. Nine other finalists received $5,000 contributions to their organizations for their service. Finalists were Pedro Alvarez, BakerRipley; Jimmie Brown, Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston; Karen Ostrum George, The Women's Home; Kathryn Griffin-Grinan, Santa Maria Hostel; Ahmed Hammad, Literacy Advance of Houston; Vicki Lilly-Tallman, The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc.; Merlene McAlevy, SEARCH Homeless Services; Nancy Strange, Northwest Assistance Ministries; and Lee Swindler, Bay Area Turning Point, Inc.
In 2017, the NFL, Texans, United Way, and Verizon launched a new digital-learning initiative in Houston-area schools that teaches students the skills to cultivate character and maintain healthy relationships throughout their lives. Safeties Kurtis Drummond and Corey Moore, Ambassador J.J. Moses, Cheerleaders, and officials from Verizon visited Ortiz Middle School to talk to students about the importance of character.
Nose tackle D.J. Reader teamed up with the United Way of Greater Houston to encourage hundreds of children from local schools to get excited about reading at the United Way Reading Rally. Reader visited a local elementary school, where he read books to the students and spoke to them about the importance of literacy.