The eighth annual Houston Texans Kids Triathlon was held at NRG Stadium in April. Nearly 3,000 young people competed, once again making it the biggest kids’ triathlon in the world. Trainings were held at YMCA locations around Houston, where children trained to swim, bike, and run in the event. Kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn, long snapper Jon Weeks, Ambassadors, TORO, Cheerleaders, and spectators came to support participants. Chevron provided volunteers, Kroger provided healthy snacks at the postrace party, KBR sponsored the swim course, and Academy Sports + Outdoors supported the bike course and transition area.
Each year, the Texans and Texas Children’s Hospital work in conjunction to award PLAY 60 grants to Houston-area schools in need of additional funding. The grants are designed to ensure that schools have the right tools to integrate healthy activity into the school day. Six schools were chosen to receive grants of up to $10,000, totaling $50,000 in grants awarded. Texans president Jamey Rootes and executive vice president of Texas Children’s Hospital Mark Mullarkey honored the recipients at the Kids Day game in October. The winning schools were Southmore Intermediate (Pasadena ISD), Cornerstone Academy and Academy of Choice (Spring Branch ISD), J.C. Mitchell Elementary School (HISD), Attucks Middle School (HISD), Westbury High School (HISD), and Blackshear Elementary (HISD).
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition-and-physical-activity program launched by the National Dairy Council, Dairy Max, and the NFL, in collaboration with the USDA, to combat childhood obesity. Fuel Up helps students make positive changes in their schools by improving opportunities to consume nutrient-rich foods and get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. This year, individual elementary schools held campus-based competitions and selected 12 third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students to attend a VIP experience at NRG Stadium. Students received gift bags, had lunch in the team cafeteria, enjoyed a private tour of NRG Stadium, and received an autographed certificate from head coach Bill O’Brien.
The Texans and Texas Children’s Hospital hosted PLAY 60 Week leading up to Kids Day. PLAY 60 Week kicked off on Monday with PLAY 60 at the Park with fun activities for kids to enjoy with running back Alfred Blue, linebacker Dylan Cole, Ambassadors, TORO, and Cheerleaders. On Tuesday, the students of Piney Point Elementary were celebrated by tight end Jordan Thomas and wide receiver Sammie Coates as the winners of the PLAY 60 Challenge, and a $5,000 donation was awarded to the school for new P.E. equipment. On Wednesday, TORO presented “Get Fit with TORO” to an elementary school, where they taught kids about healthy eating and exercise, and on Thursday, students who won the PLAY 60 Kid of the Month competition enjoyed lunch and a tour of NRG Stadium. PLAY 60 Week came to a close with TORO, center/guard Greg Mancz, tackle Julién Davenport, and Cheerleaders visiting patients at Texas Children’s Hospital for a PLAY 60 pep rally and a visit to a school as part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 program.