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United Way of Greater Houston
In 2020, the Texans donated $630,000 to the United Way of Greater Houston. The Texans are the top contributors to the United Way in the NFL and the #1 per capita supporter of the United Way in Houston. Since 2002, the Texans have supported the United Way of Greater Houston, an organization that was also generously supported by the Texans late Founder, Senior Chairman and CEO Robert C. McNair and Co-Founder and Senior Chair Janice S. McNair. Each year, the Texans organization achieves 100% participation from players, coaches and front office staff through the Texans annual campaign, earning the Texans the designation of the #1 per capita supporter of the United Way in Houston and #1 in the NFL.
2020 BHP Community Quarterbacks
Robert "Bob" Bennett- Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS Houston)
Colleen Chalker- Tomball Emergency Assistance Ministries (TEAM)
John Fields- The WorkFaith Connection
Monica Fulton- Search
Bob Gebhard- Mental Health America of Greater Houston
Joan Green- Houston Area Urban League
Kathy Rose- College Community Career
Mark Russell- Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence (AVDA)
Geoffrey Schardien- Career Gear Houston
Amanda Wilson- Fort Bend Women's Center
Community Quarterback Presented by BHP
Through the Community Quarterback award, the Texans and BHP recognize outstanding volunteers from local United Way agencies working to make Houston a better place. In 2020, Robert "Bob" Bennett was chosen as the Community Quarterback for his dedication and years of service at Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS Houston), a nonprofit organization that connects people in need with the health, social and educational resources that can improve their lives. A $25,000 donation was made to the organization in Bennett's honor. Nine other finalists received $5,000 contributions to their organizations for their service.
Digital Divide Grants
The "digital divide" is defined as the gulf between those who have ready access to computers and the internet and those who do not. The Texans awarded $10,000 grants to the Chinese Community Center, the Urban Enrichment Institute and the Pangea Network through the United Way of Greater Houston to help close the digital divide experienced by youth in their service network. These grants are part of the NFL's efforts to close the digital divide in communities across the country. The nonprofits were chosen based on their efforts to assist students through several means, including providing those in need with digital devices and access to Wi-Fi and teaching families how to use digital devices for remote learning and to navigate educational applications.
In November, the Texans, the United Way of Greater Houston and more than 300 students from across the Greater Houston area were joined by DBs Justin Reid and Michael Thomas for a Character Playbook LIVE virtual experience about Mental Wellness Basics led by TORO and Texans TV host Drew Dougherty. The conversations centered around managing emotions and how to communicate with your teachers and classmates effectively to resolve conflict. These tools were even more relevant throughout the pandemic. Leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft, Reid again joined Character Playbook for a virtual discussion on mental wellness with students across the country. The NFL and the United Way's Character Playbook reached more than 4,100 students in Houston during the 2020–2021 academic year.
Have a Ball with M.A.T.H. Presented by Conoco Phillips
With the help of the United Way of Greater Houston and the Texans, students at the Houston Texans YMCA participated in the Have a Ball With M.A.T.H. program presented by ConocoPhillips. Students participated in exercises aimed at making math fun and interesting, such as discovering the connection between football and math. Kids learned about how math is used in football, and they got a surprise visit from TORO, TE Darren Fells and LB Brennan Scarlett.