The Stats Challenge, developed in partnership with Region 4 Education Service Center, is an interactive math program that gives sixth-grade students the opportunity to improve their math skills through the game of football. The 2018–2019 Challenge kicked off with an assembly featuring tight end Ryan Griffin at McMeans Junior High and pep rallies with Ambassador Cecil Shorts III. This year, 65,000 students and 696 teachers throughout the region took part in the program.
Since 2010, First Community Credit Union and the Texans have honored 80 teachers and donated $40,000 to Houston school districts through the Stars in the Classroom program. Ten teachers, all of whom were nominated by their students, were selected from five school districts to receive the Stars in the Classroom award. Along with the award, each teacher also received two tickets and pregame sideline passes to a Texans home game, a custom game ball, a $200 Palais Royal gift card, and a $500 donation to the school district in the teacher’s name. Linebacker Brian Peters was on hand to help recognize each of the teachers and present their prizes during the awards banquet.
TORO’s Math Drills is an educational video series designed to help third and fourth graders tackle math through fun football examples. Created in partnership with the United Way of Greater Houston, TORO’s Math Drills covers subjects like fractions, multiplication and division, place value, and money. TORO, center/guard Greg Mancz, running back D’Onta Foreman, and tight ends Ryan Griffin and Jordan Thomas visited Alexander Elementary to bring the program to life. In 2018, more than 1,650 teachers and 105,000 students across 13 states took part in the program.
Get Fit With TORO is a program that teaches students about living heathy lifestyles. TORO takes over gym class with fun activities that emphasize full-body health through building muscular strength, flexibility, cardiovascular health, and proper nutrition. The program was presented at no cost to more than 3,000 students at 10 schools thanks to Texas Children’s Hospital.
TORO hosts assemblies in local schools to show students ways to prepare for the STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) test. Students are taught to mentally and physically prepare for the test by listening to their teacher, practicing STAAR strategies, being active, and eating nutritious food. In the spring, TORO visited McNeil Elementary School with defensive end Joel Heath and Cheerleaders to get students ready for the test. During the 2018-2019 school year, TORO taught nearly 7,500 students at 20 schools how to succeed on the STAAR test.
This educational assembly teaches students how to remove bullying from their schools. With the help of TORO and a few of his friends, students learn how to recognize different types of bullying and what to do to prevent it from happening at their schools. During the 2018-2019 school year, TORO visited more than 25,000 students at 40 schools. The program has reached more than 100,000 students.