In the Year of the Teen, it was exciting to see a new opportunity being made available for teens in Houston!
Houston native and renowned artist Jimmy Houston created the mural on the Teen Club facade.
Last February, the NFL’s Houston Texans signed a five-year partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston. As part of the agreement, the Texans generously pledged $750,000 to build the first NFL-supported, teen-specific facility. This week, that pledge was fulfilled with the grand opening of the Houston Texans Teen Club.
Though unable to attend the opening, I did manage to get a sneak-peek tour a couple days earlier from CEO/President Kevin Hattery. And it is definitely going to be a big draw for Houston’s teens. The Teen Club includes a college and career center, a café, a wellness center and counseling office, and The Endzone, a games room where teens can relax playing pool and video games or simply hang out in the very comfortable space.
The grand opening was packed. Teens were joined by Texans cheerleaders, team mascot Toro and players Jadeveon Clowney, Andre Hal and Greg Mancz. Meeting the players was a special thrill for the kids. The players were game for anything, including playing pool and video games with teens and preparing healthy snacks. I understand Jadeveon Clowney even tried out a yoga class.
Congratulations to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and the Texans for launching this community partnership with such a big and successful bang!