The city of Houston was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey and the five or so professional sports franchises that hail from the area have felt the effects in a variety of ways. In response, many athletes have stepped up and joined the relief effort, raising awareness and offering help in the form donations. I ran down a short list of some key contributors below.
Watt smashes his fundraising goal
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 30, 2017
The Houston Texans star defensive end raised $500,000 in a day and set a new goal of $1 million. After reaching that, he reset it at $2 million. Before long, Watt was looking at a YouCaring campaign that contained over $6 million. According to Watt, the new figure is $10 million, which, yes, has since been broken.
Tennessee Titans answer Watt’s call
— Tennessee Titans (@Titans) August 29, 2017
One of the biggest contributors to Watt’s relief fund was Tennessee Titans owner Amy Adams Strunk, who donated a million dollars. This was in addition to the $25,000 the franchise donated to the Red Cross.
Chris Paul pitches in too
Another one of J.J. Watt’s key contributors was Rockets recently acquired point guard Chris Paul, who pledged $50,000. In addition to the contribution he made to Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund, Paul donated another $25,000 to the Red Cross.
Texans dedicate the season to their city
Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area, bringing mass flooding that prompted major evacuations. As a token of respect for their loyal fanbase, the Houston Texans franchise announced it would be dedicating the 2017 season to the city and its victims. The team hopes it can be a source of inspiration to the people who’ll be picking up the pieces left behind when Harvey finally moves on. Team owner Rob McNair also pledge a million dollars to United Way’s Harvey relief fund.