It’s the season of giving, and last weekend the Houston Texans gave the city of Houston one of the best gifts ti could ever have asked for- the first AFC South Division Championship in the team’s relatively young history, and the first NFL playoff berth for the city since 1993, when the Houston Oilers won the AFC Central division Title.
But this past Tuesday, fresh off that historic win at Cincinnati, the Texans rookie class- including recent hero T.J Yates, and defensive powerhouses J.J Watt and Brooks Reed- teamed up with Academy Sports+ Outdoors to do some giving of another kind. They treated 30 youngsters from the Houston Texans YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston to the annual shopping spree.
After a protein-rich breakfast from Whataburger for energy, the kids were set free in the sporting goods store armed with wish lists, a $100 gift card from Academy and guidance from the players to help them get the most out of the experience. The kids grabbed backpacks, shoes, and gear and supplies for their favorite sports.
Besides providing these children with Christmas gifts they may not otherwise have had, the even has many important lessons including the benefits of budgeting, the blessing of generosity during the holidays, and the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle since everything the little guys and girls pick up with encourage them to be active and healthy as they play and grow.
This article was written by Sybil Scott. Both the article and photo was published in the Houston Texans weekly publication of Tailgate Times.