Cypress, TX News – J.J. Watt Foundation Donates Athletic Equipment to Dean Middle School

Cypress, TX News (January 8, 2014) – Dean Middle School students will receive a boost to their after-school athletics program due to a generous donation from the Justin J. Watt Foundation.

The foundation, started by Houston Texans all-pro defensive end J.J. Watt, awarded Dean Middle School $3,450.87 to allow the school to purchase training equipment and jerseys for students who participate in after-school sports like soccer, volleyball and football. Approximately 400 male and female students participate in the programs.

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Sixth-grade world cultures teacher Tina Bunn reached out to the foundation after she and her son - both big Texans fans - saw an interview in which Watt shared his passion for middle school after-school athletic programs and spoke about his foundation.

“During the interview he shared his motto, ‘Dream Big, Work Hard,’” Bunn recalled. “When he said that in the interview, my son whipped his head around and looked at me, because that is what I tell my students at Dean.”

Bunn filed the proper paperwork for the donation, while Dean athletics coordinator Ahmad Branch worked with the foundation to identify the equipment needs.

Shortly after applying, Branch received a letter on Dec. 19 from foundation vice president Connie Watt (J.J.’s mother) awarding the funds.

“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 said she has become an even bigger Texans and Watt fan through this process.

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