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Houston teens to enjoy free YMCA in partnership with Texans

Summer just got a little cooler for Houston teens, who now have a free place to beat the heat.

Thanks to support from generous gifts made in memory of late Texans founder, chairman and C.E.O. Robert C. McNair (1937-2018), all rising ninth graders will get free memberships to the Houston Texans YMCA and any of the 26 locations throughout Houston. A total donation of $109,000 was made to the YMCA to make this summer program possible. A plaque in acknowledgement of the gift will be placed at the Houston Texans YMCA, located at 5202 Griggs Road.

"Bob was so proud of our partnership with the YMCA which began in 2008," Houston Texans president Jamey Rootes said. "Our initial and ongoing support of the Houston Texans YMCA has helped to sustainably transform the Palm Center community in the Third Ward. Also, our collaborative initiatives with Houston's network of YMCAs have made a positive impact across our community. We are so pleased that the donations made in his name will help to provide a safe, fun and free place for teens in Houston. It is a wonderful way to honor his amazing legacy."

In the first week of the June 1 launch, 610 students had already signed up for the YMCA Epic Summer Fun program. Students will receive access to unlimited group exercise classes, swimming, basketball and more through the summer program. Enrollment for the YMCA Free Summer Membership is simple. Youth may visit one of 26 participating locations throughout the Greater Houston area to sign up this summer. A valid school ID and permission from a parent or guardian is required. Space is limited and memberships are valid June 1-August 31, 2019.

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View photos of the recently completed Houston Texans YMCA, located on 5202 Griggs Road.

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