The girls basketball team at Alton Memorial Jr. High school rocking their jerseys funded by the JJ Watt Foundation.

Alton Memorial, Rafael Cantu Jr. Highs get the hook up from Houston star

By Bryan Ramos

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ouston Texans’ defensive end JJ Watt has become one of the biggest stars in football through good play on the field, but he’s won the hearts of many by the good deeds he’s done off the field.

His good reached the RGV thanks to the JJ Watt Foundation’s funding of jerseys for Rafael Cantu Jr. High’s girls soccer, boys cross-country and tennis teams and Alton Memorial Jr. High School’s girls basketball team.

The Rafael Cantu Jr. High tennis team wearing their jerseys funded by the JJ Watt Foundation.

“On behalf of Alton Memorial Jr. High School and Rafael Cantu Jr. High School students and staff, we would like to thank the JJ Watt Foundation for providing us the opportunity to be a part of a legacy that helps young student athletes to “Dream Big and Work Hard.” Through your wonderful generosity, athletes that wore the new uniforms wore them with pride and performed at their very best,” said grant writer D. Reyna on behalf of the two schools.

The JJ Watt Foundation’s mission is to “provide after-school opportunities for middle-school aged children in the community to become involved in athletics, so that they may learn the character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic, and perseverance, while in a safe and supervised environment with their peers.”

The foundation has funded in excess of $4,000,000 to 6th-8th graders after school athletic programs.

JJ Watt also helped raise more than $37 million with his Hurricane Harvey Relief Fundraiser in 2017.

 

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