Andre Johnson, wide receiver for the Houston Texans, presented a very generous gift to a Houston charity on Tuesday, February 14, 2006. The donation was a gift from the Andre Johnson Foundation in the amount of $10,000. The "I Have a Dream" Houston chapter is the only long-term mentoring and dropout prevention program of its kind in Houston that promotes higher education for inner-city youth, according to their website.
When asked about the Andre Johnson Foundation and its purpose, Mr. Johnson stated "My foundation is committed to working with kids in single-parent homes and helping them become responsible, educated citizens," Johnson said. "I grew up in a single-parent family, and I just want to help people who grew up in the same situation that I did."
This is representative of the type of players the Texans have. Johnson isn't the only player to have a big heart when it comes to charities. Kris Brown, the Texans place kicker, has his own way of giving back to the community also. He has his own way of giving called the Kris Brown Kick Club, benefits the Texas Children's Hospital Charity Care Program.
In 2005, Kris raised $121,000 for the Texas Children's Charity Care Program. And this year, with the help of corporate sponsors, the Kick Club donated a total of $141,000.
The Texans organization also does work to help the Houston community. In 2005 the team held their third annual Houston Texans Charity Golf Classic at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston. The tournament was sponsored by Verizon Wireless. That year the tournament featured 27 foursomes who joined together to raise money for the Houston Texans Foundation's five designated charities: the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Rebuilding Together, Boys and Girls Club, John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Science and Child Advocates.
The Houston Texans Foundation was established in November 2001. According to the website, the organization is "committed to encouraging and enabling all youth and families in Houston and the surrounding area to reach their full potential and to achieve success. The Houston Texans Foundation works closely with the Texans community relations and marketing departments to help non-profit organizations by providing assistance through educational, financial, volunteer and collaborative support. The foundation administers programs that develop strong minds and bodies, with an emphasis on leadership, integrity and character for the youth who will become the leaders of the next generation."
The city of Houston is lucky to have a team like the Texans to call their own. The players themselves also go above and beyond to show the community how much they love the city they play for. The Texan Blitz salutes the players and those involved in the Houston Texans Foundation for their generosity.