Texans raise $390,000 at annual charity golf event

One of the late Bob McNair's favorite charity events was the Texans' annual golf event.

That tradition has been carried on by his family and the AFC South franchise.

The Texans raised $390,000 during their annual charity golf classic held Monday. They have raised $5 million through the event since its launch.

"It's one of my favorite days to be out here, raising money and having fun," said Cal McNair, Bob McNair's son, and the Texans' chairman and CEO. "We're really excited and glad everyone's out here. I think it started out with a lot of excitement and it continues to have that. I think it's grown and people have come out and enjoyed it year after year. It's done very well."

The event was attended by Texans team president Greg Grissom, coach Lovie Smith, general manager Nick Caserio, offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, special teams coordinator Frank Ross, assistant special teams coach Sean Baker, safeties coach Joe Danna and defensive line coach Jacques Cesaire, quarterbacks Davis Mills, Jeff Driskel and Kyle Allen, running back Rex Burkhead, tight end Pharaoh Brown, offensive linemen Justin Britt, Jimmy Morrissey and Max Scharping, kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn, defensive linemen Jon Greenard and Jordan Jenkins, linebacker Christian Kirksey, wide receiver Chris Moore, long snapper Jon Weeks and cornerback Isaac Yiadom and retired former Texans players Anthony Hill, Travis Johnson, Mike Quinn and Kevin Walter.

"I think people can see that it's making an impact on Houston and our community," said Hannah McNair, the vice president of the Texans' charitable foundation and Cal McNair's wife. "It was also one of Bob's favorites. As you continue that legacy, continue one of his favorite events, it's one of Cal's favorite events, and it helps the community. You see that growth in the community and how we're being champions for youth. It's very impactful."

The foundation has raised more than $37 million since its inception in 2002 and supports three community partners: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, the YMCA of Greater Houston and the Houston Food Bank.

"We're excited to be out here," Grissom said. "Since inception, we've raised over $5 million with this tournament. I want to say thank you to our coaches, our players and all the people who support this event."

The Texans recently held a draft party with nearly 4,000 people in attendance at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

"We loved the draft party," Grissom said. "It's something new and different and I think we got a lot of great feedback and we're excited to be with everybody to welcome all the new Texans to Houston."

The Texans coincided the draft, which saw them select LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. and Texas A&M offensive lineman Kenyon Green, with a season ticket renewal deadline. All season ticket holders who renew by May 5 qualified for reduced prices scaled by number of years they've been season ticket holder and have access to additional benefits, including exclusive on-field events and tailgates and the ability to swap tickets to other games on the schedule.

"We're in a really strong position," Grissom said. "We had well over 85 percent of our season tickets renewed this year. We're really excited to get all of our fans back to NRG Stadium, like Lovie Smith said, bring the fourth phase in and get the place rocking again like we know it can be."

Aaron Wilson is a Pro Football Network reporter and analyst and a contributor to Sports Talk 790.

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