The Houston Texans awarded $40,000 worth of grants to local youth football leagues on Wednesday night at the Houston Methodist Training Center.
Seven leagues received grant funding ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to help make local area youth football safer and to upgrade equipment.
Texans Ambassadors led on-field drills to help teach proper tackling techniques, while general manager Rick Smith discussed the Heads Up Football program, emphasized the importance of playing and teaching football in a safe manner, and presented grants to each of the seven local youth football leagues.
The grant recipients had to meet criteria like being registered with the USA Football for the Heads Up Football Program, be a 501(c)3 organization, have a coach or league representative attend the Houston Texans Coaches Summit last summer, and provide a funding request on the grant would be used.
The Houston Texans and GM Rick Smith awarded seven local youth football leagues a combined $40,000 in grant funding to help upgrade equipment and improve safety.