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GRANTS FOR CHANGE PROGRAM

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Change Happens received of one of eight grants awarded by the Invest in Others Charitable Foundation in June through its Grants for Change program. Grants were available to organizations that are working to create and enhance opportunities for communities of color, providing essential services to causes such as social justice, employment and education—with the goal of leveling the playing field and providing life-changing opportunities to underserved communities. Mickey McGIll, Ameriprise Financial in Houston applied for the grant to support Change Happens’ Good Life Outcomes (GLO) Program, which received $25,000 in funding from Invest in Others. The GLO Program aspires to promote a vision that advances inclusion, equity, and racial and social justice in the Houston/Harris County community, resulting in equitable opportunities for all. Thank you Invest in Others and Mr. McGill for this generous award to assist us in our efforts to make change happen in the community.

The Invest in Others Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to supporting and empowering financial professionals who give back to their communities with overwhelming generosity. The Invest in Others Grants for Change Program was created to fund specific programs or projects for nonprofits that are working to create and enhance opportunities for communities of color, providing essential services to causes such as social justice, employment and education—with the goal of leveling the playing field and providing life-changing opportunities to underserved communities. Nearly 200 applications were received, and recipients were selected based the impact the grant would have on the nonprofit and the community it serves.

Houston Texans, NFL Foundation, and LISC award $450K to renovate athletic field at Jack Yates HS

The Houston Texans are teaming with the NFL Foundation and Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to award a total of $450,000 to renovate and resurface the athletic field at Yates High School.

The funding is to help a project to address the shortage of clean, safe and accessible athletic fields in Third Ward. Members of the McNair family and others presented a check at the dedication ceremony Friday at Yates High School’s football field.

Many supporters, including Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis, called for the field to be renamed after Houston native George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by a white cop in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which led to nationwide protests and outrage.

“I think it’s important for us to remember why we’re here today and why this school,” said Ellis. “This new athletic field is because one year and a few days ago, a graduate of this school died a horrendous death. And I just want to make sure for one second... if I might say his name, George Floyd.” Houston ISD School Board must approve the official renaming of the field.

Ellis said this is a positive investment in a community that represents George Floyd since it’s the school where he graduated from, played football, and across the street from where he grew up in the Cuney Homes.

“We’re talking about how to open the doors of opportunity for people who’ve been left out for so long. Something great is gonna happen,” he said. “And we regret that somebody had to die so that we would do this. But we ought to take this and see what lessons we learn, and in what ways we are all inspired to do better than a life that was there for George Floyd.”

Along with the funds, the Texans are also helping to donate the team’s artificial playing surface from NRG Stadium to be installed at Yates, in partnership with the Harris County Sports & Convention Corporation-NRG Park, Ellis, and Hellas Construction, Inc. This artificial playing surface being donated is valued at $1.25 million, according to a Texans press release.

“The Houston Texans are proud to work with our partners to support the renovation of the Jack Yates High School Athletic Field,” said Texans Chairman and CEO Cal McNair in the press release. “Our hope is that this field enriches a love of sports across the youth in the historic Third Ward, prompting the next generation of student-athletes and leaders.”

 

Howard Chen-Digital Content Specialist                                                                       Published: May 28, 2021 4:14 pm  Updated: May 28, 2021 5:44 pm

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The Good Life Outcomes program has been supported by a grant from Capital One. To learn more about Capital One’s commitment visit https://www.capitalone.com/about/.