Impact a Hero 5k Run - The Impact a Hero organization raises funds to provide emotional and financial support for severely wounded and disabled War on Terror veterans and their families. In 2012, head coach Gary Kubiak was the Honorary Chair of the event, and other Texans coaches, players and staff participated in the run. The Texans sponsored the Kid’s Area and organized an autograph session after the race.
Salute to Service week
Stars & Strikes -The Texans and USAA hosted Stars & Strikes, a bowling appreciation event for service men and women. Texans players, Ambassadors, Cheerleaders and Lady Texans spent a fun afternoon of bowling with over 100 military members.
Military BBQ - The Texans hosted our annual military BBQ in Bud Plaza for 150 troops from the USO, Wounded Warrior Project and Lone Star Veterans Association. New to the event this year was a BBQ competition which included five of the stars of TLC’s hit show “BBQ Pitmasters”, Pitts & Spitts and the award-winning Texans tailgating team, the Texans Brew Crew. The troops visited with Texan cheerleaders, enjoyed live entertainment and were served lunch by the Lady Texans. After lunch, the troops were able to attend Texans practice and interact with players and coaches.
Salute to Service game presented by Bud Light
Each season, the Texans host a home game that honors all military branches for their service. In 2012, 400 military service members from the USO, WWP & LSVA attended the game as guests of the Texans. Groups from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines held the American and Texas flag . The West Point Glee Club sang the National Anthem while "Challenger," the free flying bald eagle, was released. Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Mike Thornton, a member of the elite Navy SEALs, was Home Field Advantage Captain. The Texans Coin Toss Captains were President George H.W. Bush & former Secretary of State James A. Baker III. The Texans also asked fans in the crowd to stand and be recognized if they had served in the military.
Operation FINALLY HOME - The Houston Texans and Operation FINALLY HOME were pleased to award a special holiday gift to Corporal Christopher Sullivan, a decorated Army soldier who was recovering from injuries suffered in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan and who was shot at his homecoming party, at the Texans’ home game against the Indianapolis Colts in December. Corporal Sullivan was home recovering from injuries suffered in Afghanistan when he was shot on Dec. 23, 2011 trying to break up a fight between his brother and another man. Corporal Sullivan and his immediate family learned during a surprise presentation that they were the recipients of a new mortgage-free, custom home in the Tuscan Lakes community in League City, Texas. The Texans donated $20,000 to the home and partners Reliant Energy and Gallery furniture provided free electricity and furniture for the new home.
Several players sponsor season-ticket packages through the TACT (Texans All Community Team) program that honor groups consisting of military families and veterans. Players made several trips throughout 2012 to visit with service men & women and their families.