Houston Texans Career Symposium
The Texans hosted more than 100 students from three local universities for the Second Annual "Join the Team: Integrating Business and Sports" Career Seminar at Reliant Stadium. The students took part in seminars led by guest speakers from the sports marketing, business and journalism fields. The forum gave students an opportunity to get an early jump on pursuing a career in the sports industry.
Houston Texans Outreach Tour
Community Relations and Public Relations assist Sales and Marketing with their annual "Houston Texans Outreach Tour." Texans players, cheerleaders and mascot TORO visited 12 cities in seven days. Sites included hospitals, schools and community centers.
Training Camp visits for Non Profit, Community and School Groups
We will coordinate local community groups to attend practices during the Houston Texans Training Camp, July 29-August 22. Youth get a chance to see Texans on the practice field and play with inflatables set-up at the Texans Practice Facility. If you are interested in having your camp group or charitable organization attend a morning or afternoon practice during the 2005 Houston Texans Training Camp, please call (832) 667-2141. Space is limited and available on a first come first –served basis.
Tackle Prostate Cancer Campaign
The Houston Texans, The Methodist Hospital and Reliant Energy will sponsor the Tackle Prostate Cancer Campaign, during the month of September. The purpose of the campaign is to heighten awareness that early detection and treatment can lead to complete recovery of the cancer. The promotion will consist of free prostate cancer screenings, public service announcements, stadium mentions and game day giveaways. Last year, 15,000 prostate cancer trading cards, which featured DE Gary Walker, were distributed to the public at Reliant Stadium and Methodist Hospital sites.
Football with Style Fashion Show
The Houston Texans will host their third annual Charity Fashion Show, benefiting the Houston Texans Foundation and a local non-profit organization. Houston Texans Players and their wives will be the featured models for the evening. This event is a collaborative effort with Player Development, Community Relations and the Houston Texans Foundation. This year's style show will be held on Monday, October 24, 2005 from 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Polar Ice Rink Galleria.
Houston Texans Blood Drive
The Houston Texans, along with Reliant Energy and Aramark will conduct the 4th annual Houston Texans Blood Drive benefiting The Methodist Hospital and Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center on Tuesday, October 11, 2005 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. The 12- hour event will be held at Reliant Stadium and the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.All donations collected at participating Houston Texans blood drive sites will go to patients in hospitals and health care facilities located in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Houston Texans players and cheerleaders will be on hand to thank donors for their participation. In 2004, the drive collected close to 1,700 pints.
Teach for America
Teach for America Week is an annual nationwide event in which American leaders from all professions spend an hour of their time teaching children from some of our nation's lowest income communities. Houston Texans Players and front office executives take time out of their schedules to teach compelling and effective lessons that provide inspiration for students to pursue educational opportunities.
NFL H.S. Tuesday
Players are requested to participate in this NFL program by going to high schools to give motivational talks to athletes. During these visits, players interact with high school athletes and help them understand that many life lessons learned in football are applicable in their everyday lives. Players give talks focusing on obtaining an education, how to live healthy lives and goal setting.
NFL Hometown Huddle
The Houston Texans and United Way will sponsor "Hometown Huddle." This event
is a partnership between by NFL teams on a designated day and involves players participating in a community service activity with a United Way Agency.
Walter Payton-NFL Man of the Year Award
The Walter Payton –NFL Man of the Year Award is the only League-sponsored award honoring players who excel in service within the community as well as on the field. Established in 1970, this prestigious NFL award was created to recognize the commitment of NFL players to community service. Former Texans LB Jay Foreman was recognized as the 2004 NFL Walter Payton /Houston Texans Man of the Year.
Several Houston Texans players serve a pre-thanksgiving dinner to youth at a local Boys and Girls Club where a Kids Café is located, a shelter or other non-profit facilities. This holiday event allows players to get close and personal with individuals and families associated with the selected organization.
Shop with the Texans
In 2004 the Texans Sales Department and Community Relations Department partnered with a local department store for a holiday shopping spree for children from the Houston Department of Family Services. The children were given a $100 gift card while Texans players and cheerleaders assisted them in making their holiday gift purchases.
Holiday Lunch with the Texans
Outback Steak House co-sponsored the Holiday Lunch with the Texans Sales and CR departments in 2004. Children from Noah's Ark, a residential facility for at-risk youth, dined over chicken fingers with a group of Texans players, cheerleaders and TORO. The youngsters were able to have their photos taken with the Texans crew who signed autographs and passed out Texans memorabilia and goodie bags.
Throughout the year, Houston Texans players make routine hospital visits in local hospitals to spread cheer and uplift the morale of patients. The players spend time signing autographs and distributing team memorabilia. Texans players visited a rehabilitation facility and a veteran health center as well.
Black History Program
Houston Texans players speak to high school students about the importance of commemorating Black History Month, as well as preparing for a successful career by going to school. The emphasis of this program is on the importance of depending on education rather than just athletic ability.
During the Houston Texans 2004 Outreach Tour, players, cheerleaders and TORO visited men and women stationed at Ft. Hood in Killeen, TX. Players enjoyed interacting with Military personnel and their families to help lift morale of the soldiers, many who had just returned from Iraq.
In Addition: Some of the other Houston area organizations the Texans have assisted include The American Heart Association, American Lung Association, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, The Children's Assessment Center, Chinese Community Center, Hispanic/Chicano Family Services Center, Houston Area Women's Center, The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research, I Have A Dream-Houston, Special Olympics and Star of Hope Mission.