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Community Quarterback finalists announced


Quarterback Matt Schaub will join Texans president Jamey Rootes in presenting the NFL Community Quarterback Award.

The NFL Community Quarterback Awards recognize outstanding volunteers who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities. Six finalists were selected for extraordinary volunteer work. Five will be awarded $1000 each for their respective nonprofit organization. One overall winner will be awarded $5000. Texans president Jamey Rootes and quarterback Matt Schaub will present the winner with the award on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in a celebration in conjunction with the United Way Center for Philanthropy.

The Finalists are:

Pink Project – Marika Rafte *At the age of 13, Marika has already compiled a remarkable resume of volunteer work. With the Pink Project organization, Marika has dedicated her summer and time away from school to assist the organization. Her services have span from sealing envelopes to single-handedly raising over $16,000 for the Tour de Pink bike ride. Marika's dedication to breast cancer awareness has not only impacted those she works with, but also the entire City of Houston.

South Texas Zoological Society – Chris Kidwell

Chris has dedicated a lot of time and effort to the Texas Zoo and its various programs and events. Although only 14-years-old, Chris has assumed a responsibility in creating a safe and friendly environment for children and animals. His dedication to service at the zoo has impacted everyone that has come in contact with him.

La Rosa Family Services – Annette and Jeanette Garza

Annette and Jeanette, both 16 years old, have dedicated hours and hours of time to the cause of La Rosa. Over the years the twins have played a vital role in the growth and development of the organization. They have been instrumental in the rebuilding of the facility and their annual programs. The work that Annette and Jeanette have done has touched the lives of over 3,000 people as they strive to better their community.

Prevent Child Abuse Texas – Macy Cassin

Macy is a true inspiration using her talents to improve the lives of others. In her capacity as an attorney, she has represented victims of child abuse without any cost. Macy has also given her time as a fundraising coordinator, producing public awareness, and presenting at various events to help the cause of child abuse.

Star of Hope – William Burke, Jr.

Judge Burke has spent much of his free time helping others recover from substance abuse and make positive choices for the future. In his volunteer efforts, he has been the facilitator of hundreds substance abuse classes, participated in prison ministry and actively helping within his church. In his volunteerism, Judge Burke has given men and women a reason to believe and touch hearts like not very many can.

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