United Way of Greater Houston
Since its founding, in 2002, the Houston Texans have supported the United Way of Greater Houston. Annually, the organization achieves 100% participation in our internal campaign from players, coaches, owners, and front-office staff. During the December 18 game, Texans chairman and CEO Bob McNair, vice chairman and COO Cal McNair, and president Jamey Rootes presented a check for $750,000 to United Way CEO Anna Babin. The Texans are the top contributors to the United Way in the NFL and the number one per capita supporter of the United Way of Greater Houston.
United Way Reading Rally
Texans tackle Duane Brown teams up annually with the United Way of Greater Houston to encourage children from local schools to get excited about reading as a part of the United Way Reading Rally. This past year, Brown visited 800 students at two local elementary schools, where he read books to the students and spoke to them about the importance of reading.
Community Quarterback presented by BHP Billiton
The Community Quarterback Award is an opportunity for the Texans to recognize outstanding volunteers from local United Way agencies whose work makes Houston a better place. In 2015, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council volunteer Jo Blackburn was chosen as the Community Quarterback and received a $50,000 donation in her name to the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council. A reception was held in her honor and attended by tackle Duane Brown. Ten finalists received $5,000 contributions to their organizations for their service. Since the beginning of the program, more than $300,000 has been given back to United Way agencies. For more information on the Community Quarterback Award, click here.
Texans Care Volunteer Day presented by Reliant
In May 2016, the Texans hosted the fourth annual Texans Care Volunteer Day, where more than 2,000 Houstonians joined Texans players, Ambassadors, Lady Texans, TORO, Cheerleaders, and staff for a day of community service at seven locations: the Houston Food Bank, the Havard Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA Cossaboom, the Santa Maria Hostel–The Bonita House, the Center, the Hermann Park Conservancy, and Community Family Centers. Employees of site sponsors Reliant, BMC Software, Palais Royal, Burns & McDonnell, Fitness Connection, JETCO, and Coors Light also donated their time. Volunteers celebrated the day with a post-event party presented by Coors Light at the Houston Texans Grille. In total, more than 4,000 hours of service were given back to the Houston community. For more information on Texans Care Volunteer Day, click here.