HCC Veterans scholarships
In an effort to contribute to the Houston workforce and support Houston-area military veterans, Houston Community College (HCC) partners with the Texans for the Scholarships for Service program. HCC awards scholarships to veterans who are enrolled in HCC to help further their education and lead them on a path to making a difference in Houston. In 2014, 17 scholarships were awarded to veterans, in 2015, 11 scholarships were awarded, and in 2016, HCC awarded more than 20 scholarships, worth nearly $60,000, to veterans who were enrolled in HCC. The recipients are honored at an awards dinner inside the Verizon West Club at NRG Stadium that includes Texans players and HCC officials to formally receive their scholarships. Over the course of the partnership, the Texans have donated more than $250,000 in scholarships to HCC students.scholarships.
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. The Texans were proud to sponsor the Kids Area at the run where children received autographs from Texans Cheerleaders and TORO and played on inflatables. In 2015, Texans Defensive Coordinator Romeo Crennel and linebackers coach Mike Vrabel served as honorary chairs, greeting the Heroes and their families and handing out awards to top finishers and fundraisers. The Impact a Hero 5K has raised more than $2.5 million for veterans and their families.
Stars & Strikes
During Salute to Service Week presented by FMC Technologies, the Texans hold the annual Stars & Strikes Bowling event for 100 military members and their families from the USO, Wounded Warrior Project, and Lone Star Veterans Association. Texans players, Cheerleaders, Texans Ambassadors and Lady Texans join in as everyone enjoys an evening of bowling together.
In 2015, during Salute to Service Week presented by FMC Technologies, the Texans hosted a barbecue at NRG Stadium for 200 troops and veterans in the Verizon West Club. Guests enjoyed lunch cooked by Texans tailgate teams with food donated by H-E-B which was served by the Lady Texans. After lunch, they were given the rare opportunity to visit a private Texans practice where they got to meet the team, take pictures, and get autographs.
Salute to Service game presented by Bud Light
Each season, the Texans host the Salute to Service game, which honors and celebrates members of our military. In 2015, the Texans hosted more than 300 service members and their families at the game. Members of all five branches of the military held the Texas and U.S. flags on the field during pre-game ceremonies; World War II vet Clyde Combs served as the Texans’ Homefield Advantage Captain; TORO repelled into the stadium with a U.S. flag as the Cheerleaders formed “U-S-A” on the field; and “Challenger,” the free-flying American bald eagle, soared through the air to land on the field during the national anthem. At halftime, fans were treated to a special performance by the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon.
Operation FINALLY HOME
During the Texans game, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Kevin Bone, who retired the day before following 28 years of service, received a special holiday surprise: Bone and his wife Carolina were selected to receive a custom-built, mortgage-free home courtesy of Operation FINALLY HOME, the Texans, and FMC Technologies. The announcement was made by 2010 Top 10 CNN Hero of the Year, Dan Wallrath, during a surprise on-field presentation.
Salute to Heroes
At each Texans home game, service members and vets are recognized for their contribution to our country in the Salute to Heroes feature. Each honoree receives a commemorative gift from the Texas and recognition in front of Texans fans. To nominate an individual for the Salute to Heroes feature, please click here. Please note: we receive many nominations and we regret that it is not possible to honor each individual at a game.
In 2016, Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing participated in the USO-NFL Player Tour overseas. For nearly 50 years the USO and the NFL have worked together to lift the spirits of troops through handshake tours. Cushing, along with several other NFL players, visited the servicemen and women to show appreciation for their service.
The Texans All Community Team (TACT) ticketing program allows players to purchase season tickets for local nonprofits, providing each group with the opportunity to attend every home game, get behind-the-scenes and on-field experiences, and meet players. Several players sponsor season-ticket packages through the program that honor groups consisting of military families and veterans, including the USO and Lone Star Veterans Association. For more information on the TACT program, please click here.