Local middle school gets big boost from Texans' J.J. Watt

Author: Mia Radford, News Producer
Published On: Jan 08 2014 04:34:40 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 08 2014 04:50:33 PM CST
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HOUSTON -

Some Cypress-Fairbanks ISD middle school students have received a big boost to their after-school athletics program thanks to Houston Texan J.J. Watt.

The Justin J. Watt Foundation awarded Dean Middle School with a $3,450.87 donation to allow the school to purchase training equipment and jerseys for students who participate in sports like soccer, volleyball and football. Nearly 400 boys and girls participate in the programs.

Tina Bunn, a sixth-grade teacher and huge Texans fan, reached out to the foundation after she saw an interview in which Watt shared his passion for middle school after-school athletic programs.  Bunn and filed the proper paperwork for the donation.

Shortly after applying, Branch received a letter on Dec. 19 from foundation vice president Connie Watt, J.J.'s mother, saying the funds would be awarded.

“The Justin J. Watt Foundation is providing this funding as a means of support for your extracurricular and athletic activities that give children the opportunity to learn the basic character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic and perseverance while in a safe and supervised environment with their peers,” Connie Watt wrote in the letter. “We look forward to seeing the impact this program will make in the lives of the children.”

Bunn says she is now an even bigger Texans fan.  

“We are thrilled to be so blessed by such generosity from the J.J. Watt Foundation,” said Bunn. “Mrs. Watt and the foundation board graciously made it all happen.”