Igniting The Fire
To kickstart the charity, Watt put down $100,000 of his own money. Initially, the goal was to raise $200,000, which he mentioned in his quick video on Twitter. He reached the goal in just two hours, but Watt doesn’t like to back down from a challenge.
He had bigger plans in store for this fundraiser…
Watt Raises The Stakes
The $200,000 raised was impressive, but Watt had bigger plans in store. That same day, he raised the goal to $500,000. Once again, people quickly responded and met that goal within 24 hours.
So once again, J.J. Watt challenged us all by raising the goal to $1 million.
America Comes Together
As a Houston native, Tennesse Titans Owner Amy Adams Strunk donated one million dollars to the fund out of her own pocket.
From there, the charity really started to take off once Ellen DeGeneres announced that she and Wal-Mart would contribute an additional $1 million to the fund. Once Ellen gets involved, there’s no stopping her.
Difficult Times Bring Out The Best In Humanity
Before long, J.J. Watt took to Twitter to exclaim “10 MILLION!!! Absolutely incredible. The most difficult times bring out the best in humanity.” Before the donation was made public, Watt said that more than 75,000 people contributed to the fund. He also ensured donations would go to the people who needed it most.
J.J. Watt’s fundraising had an obvious effect on the city of Houston, but perhaps even more importantly, it’s inspired other NFL players to follow in his footsteps…