The Houston Texans will make Founder's Day an annual tradition, participating in a community initiative on Tuesday, October 6 and every year on that date moving forward.
Last year, the Texans celebrated their first-ever Founder's Day, honoring the memory and legacy of the late Robert C. McNair (1937-2018). The Texans late Founder, Chairman and CEO made an everlasting impact for more than 50 years with his philanthropy and contribution to the community.
"This day each year will be all about our internal team taking a moment to reflect on our organization's Founder and uniting to make a difference in the Houston community," Houston Texans president Jamey Rootes said. "Bob was guided by his faith as well as his commitment to do great things for Houston. There is nothing more fitting we could do on Founder's Day - the anniversary of our franchise being awarded to Houston – than to come together for a community service project."
This year, the Texans hope to create a memorable moment in the lives of Houston ISD second graders, reading to the children during their school day. Current Texans players, former players, Houston Texans cheerleaders, TORO, as well as employees from Business and Football Operations will all participate in the virtual reading program in over 100 classrooms on Tuesday. Cal and Hannah McNair, Rootes, along with players such as Justin Reid, Randall Cobb, Nick Martin, Rod Johnson, Cullen Gillaspia, Charles Omenihu, Darren Fells, Deandre Carter, Tyrell Adams, Carlos Watkins, Michael Thomas, Peter Kalambayi and Buddy Howell will be among those participating in this year's Founder's Day initiative. The Texans have always been committed to be Champions for Youth and believe that reading and education is an important key to their success.
Houston Texans players read to second graders across Houston on Founder's Day, honoring the memory and legacy of late Founder and CEO Bob McNair.
On October 6, 1999 the NFL awarded its 32nd franchise to Robert C. McNair and the city of Houston. NFL owners voted unanimously to award the expansion team to McNair at the annual owners meeting which took place in Atlanta. During last year's game against the Atlanta Falcons on October 6, McNair was inducted into the Texans Ring of Honor on the very first Founder's Day.