As reported in the following Click2Houston.com article, JJ Watt’s inaugural Charity Classic softball game filled Constellation Field to capacity, with thousands of fans coming out to cheer on their favorite Texans players and raise over $300,000 in the process. The event was an overwhelming success. “Couldn’t have scripted it any better,” said JJ. “Couldn’t have asked for a better crowd, better players, better product on the field.”
Giving back never goes out of style. Thanks to Houston Style Magazine for their coverage on JJ’s recent visit to KIPP Spirit and KIPP Liberation Schools. The donation will help further the mission of the Justin J. Watt Foundation to provide after-school opportunities for children in the community to become involved in athletics.
As the Ultimate Texans reported, even while gearing up for the Charity Classic fundraiser coming up on April 27, JJ Watt and the Foundation still found time to make use of the funds they already do have, stopping by KIPP Spirit and KIPP Liberation College Preparatory Schools to donate $60,000.
Joining Watt will be Denver cornerback Champ Bailey, Denver outside linebacker Von Miller, Cleveland linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, Tampa Bay guard Davis Joseph and Carolina receiver Steve Smith.
For security purposes, the NFL doesn’t disclose ahead of time what bases the players will visit.
Tonight J.J. received the Ovation Award. Below is his statement upon receiving the award.
The best part about my job as a professional athlete is being able to use this platform to help affect the lives of others. To help get a positive message out to our country’s youth and encourage them to stand up and work towards their dreams and goals. There is a lot of negativity in today’s world and everywhere you look, it seems as though someone is trying to bring you down rather than help you rise up. That is why I am grateful and honored to accept this Ovation Award and to be part of this great group of people who are working hard to make the world a better place. I am proud to represent the great people of Houston and I will always work hard both on and off the field to make you proud of me. Thank you to the Houston Grand Opera and everyone who voted for me. Have a great night!
Thank you to all the teachers & kids at Horizon School in Pewaukee for writing letters to the troops for me to take on my USO tour next week. It was great to be back at my old school talk to you all about what respect, work ethic and what it took to fulfill my dreams to play in the NFL, Dream Big Work Hard. I am excited to hand deliver your letters to our service men and women – Thank you ~ J.J.