Twenty years ago, on October 6, Houston got an NFL franchise.
Bob McNair was awarded the league's 32nd club in 1999, and three years later, the Texans took to the field for the first time. The organization's primary goal has always been to win Super Bowls, but doing good for the Houston area was always of paramount importance to McNair and remains so to this day.
McNair died in November of 2018, but the organization is celebrating Houston Texans Founder's Day on Wednesday by giving back to an organization near and dear to his family: the American Cancer Society Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Hope Lodge.
Players, coaches, executives and staff all took part in the day of service. On Tuesday, they wrote letters of encouragement and also helped assemble hygiene and welcome kits for residents of the Hope Lodge.
On Wednesday, the McNair Family, TORO, and the Houston Texans Cheerleaders will deliver those kits and notes and take a tour of the Hope Lodge.
The facility provides free lodging and support for those traveling to the Houston area for cancer treatment. It's the largest facility of its kind in the U.S., with 64 suites. The Hope Lodge will be open year-round. It includes a shared kitchen, dining spaces, a pantry, daily linen service and patient laundry facilities, as well as a library and computer access. Support groups and social activities will also be available for residents.
In preparation for the visit to Hope Lodge Houston, Texans players, coaches, executives and staff will write letters of encouragement, and help assemble hygiene and welcome kits for residents on Tuesday, Oct. 5. The McNair family, TORO and Texans Cheerleaders will deliver the kits and notes and take a tour of the facility on the 6th.