HCC Veterans scholarships
Houston Community College (HCC) partnered with the Texans to launch the “Scholarships for Service” program. HCC awarded seventeen (17) scholarships to Veterans who were enrolled in HCC to help further their education, and lead them on a path to help contribute to the Houston workforce. The recipients were honored at an awards dinner inside the Verizon West Club that included center Chris Myers 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. In 2013, center Chris Myers was the Honorary Chair of the event, and other Texans staff participated in the run. The Texans sponsored the Kid’s Area and organized an autograph session with Texans Cheerleaders after the race.
Stars & Strikes
During Salute to Service Week, the Texans held the 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 joined in as everyone enjoyed an evening of bowling together.
The Texans hosted a barbecue at Reliant Stadium for 150 troops who enjoyed a barbecue lunch catered by H-E-B and served by the Lady Texans. After lunch, they were given the rare opportunity to attend a private Texans practice and meet the entire team.
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 2013, the Texans hosted more than 400 military service members as guests during the Salute to Service game presented by Bud Light. All branches of the military were represented and held the American and Texas flags pre-game during the National Anthem as "Challenger," the free-flying bald eagle, was released. Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush served as Homefield Advantage and Coin Toss Captains.
Operation FINALLY HOME
During the Texans’ Home for the Holidays game, Lance Corporal Ceontre Shelton, a United States Marine and Purple Heart Recipient, learned he had been selected to receive land and a custom-built, mortgage-free home through Operation FINALLY HOME. The announcement was made by 2010 Top 10 CNN Hero of the Year, Dan Wallrath, during a surprise halftime presentation.
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 2013 to visit with service men & women and their families.