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 and in 2015, 11 scholarships were awarded. 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.
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 weekend raised more than $300,000 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 tour NRG Stadium and take pictures on the field followed by a private Texans practice where they got to meet the team.
Salute to Service game presented by Bud Light
Each season, the Texans host the Salute to Service game which honors members of our military. In 2014, the Texans hosted more than 300 service members at the annual game. Members of all five branches of the military held the Texas and U.S. flags during pre-game ceremonies, former Navy Seal and “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell led the team out of the tunnel as the Homefield Advantage Captain, and President George H.W. Bush was honored as the Coin Toss Captain. The U.S. Army Chorus sang the National Anthem while “Challenger,” the free-flying American bald eagle, soared through the air. During halftime, TORO repelled with members of the military from the roof of the stadium to the field.
Operation FINALLY HOME
During the Texans Home for the Holidays 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.
Several players sponsor season-ticket packages through the TACT (Texans All Community Team) program that honor groups consisting of military families and veterans, including the USO and Impact A Hero. Players made several trips throughout 2014 to visit with service men & women and their families.
Military Outreach Trip
In 2014, the Houston Texans participated in an outreach tour at Fort Sam Houston and Fort Hood in Texas to show their appreciation for the men and women of the military. Defensive end Tim Jamison, former Texans defensive end N.D. Kalu, Houston Texans Cheerleaders, and TORO interacted with soldiers at the bases and signed autographs at each stop.