Justin J. Watt Foundation Honored at Pasadena ISD Board Meeting
From left to right back row: Oswaldo Munoz and Coach Jarret Lamberth, Queens Intermediate and Coach Joe Estrada, Miller Intermediate. From left to right front row: Luis Arroyo, Queens Intermediate; Joshua Lujan, Miller Intermediate; Thalia Garay and Coach Marisela Tran, South Houston Intermediate; Connie Watt, J.J. Watt Foundation vice president; Lynn King, J.J. Watt Foundation volunteer; David Borjas and Coach Christopher Gonzales, Jackson Intermediate; DaVontre Potts, David Potts and Coach Eric Lewis, Southmore Intermediate.
Connie Watt, vice president of the J.J. Watt Foundation and Lynn King, JJWF volunteer display their plaque from the Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees.
By Melissa Trevizo
The Justin J. Watt Foundation was recognized at the October 25 Pasadena ISD board meeting for donating over $135,000 in athletic uniforms and equipment to Pasadena ISD intermediate schools.
Over $96,000 of those funds have been distributed in 2016 alone.
“I thoroughly enjoyed being there and getting to meet everyone,” said Connie Watt, vice president of the J.J. Watt Foundation. “Seeing the kids and coaches and hearing how much they appreciate the uniforms and equipment was wonderful.”
Dr. DeeAnn Powell, superintendent of schools and Nelda Sullivan, board president, presented Watt with a plaque thanking her and the organization for their contributions, always dreaming big and working hard.
“This outstanding foundation has been instrumental in assisting our intermediate level athletic programs with the funds to be successful,” Dr. Powell said. “Tonight, Pasadena ISD would like to publicly recognize the J.J. Watt Foundation for inspiring our students to develop character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic and perseverance through athletics.”
Students and coaches from Pasadena ISD intermediate schools also presented Watt with gifts from their campuses.
Since 2013, the J.J. Watt foundation has contributed to the following Pasadena ISD football, track, basketball, volleyball, soccer and cheerleading programs through grant funding:
- Beverly Hills Intermediate
- Jackson Intermediate
- Miller Intermediate
- Park View Intermediate
- Queens Intermediate
- San Jacinto Intermediate
- Southmore Intermediate
- South Houston Intermediate
- Thompson Intermediate
Watt with board vice president Fred Roberts.
J.J. Watt Foundation volunteer Lynn King and vice president Connie Watt shake hands with board president Nelda Sullivan and board assistant secretary Vickie Morgan.
Southmore Intermediate football player David Potts shows off his jersey from the J.J. Watt Foundation.