Unable to get back to Houston after a preseason game in Dallas, Texans DE JJ Watt posted a video stating that he would be starting a fundraising campaign with a goal of $200,000, donating $100,000 of his own money to get the fund started.
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It's extremely difficult to have to watch the events of Hurricane Harvey unfold on TV and not be able to get back to Houston to help with the recovery efforts. I've set up a fundraiser so that we can raise as much money as possible to help our communities and the families of our great city rebuild. Any donation that you can spare, no matter how large or small, no matter what city or state you live in, is greatly appreciated. We will come out of this stronger than ever. www.YouCaring.com/JJWatt #TexasForever
After about a day of the fundraiser being live, JJ managed to surpass his $500,000 and $1 million goal. When it was all said and done, with the help of celebrities and athletes from all around, JJ had raised over $37 million.
Now, five months later, his efforts have been recognized in all ways, including being recognized as Walter Payton Man of the Year – an award dedicated to those who display excellence both on an off the field.
— NFL (@NFL) February 4, 2018
Rain totals ranging anywhere from 40 to 60 inches in and around Houston left most of the city under water for days. Hurricane Harvey alone made 2017 one of the roughest years in the city’s 181-year history. However, the hearts of Houstonians were put on full display for the world to see through heroic acts of everyday people, as well as celebrities alike, just like JJ. With the help of sports, Houstonians had plenty to smile about amidst the disaster – JJ Watt raising all this money and inspiring many to act, and of course, the Astros bringing home the city’s first-ever World Series pennant.
Congratulations and a giant thank you to you, JJ Watt, for everything you have done for this city you now call home – both on and off the field.