Houston Rockets owner Leslie Anderson, and the players are doing more for the community. Anderson started the Clutch City Foundation in 1995 to bring hope, and encouragement to the ones that tend to get left behind. He also started Season for Giving, and is partnered with the United Way. Clutch city has launched the program Rockets for education, the health and wellness initiative, and Grassroots Basketball.
Since its beginning the Clutch City organization has raised over $10 million dollars for people less privileged. Tux and Tennies is their best fundraiser, and has been able to reach out to thousands of people who need their help.
Season for Giving is traditionally held every year, for the less privileged citizens. The entire organization, and their families host several events for unprivileged kids and their families. There are parties, gifts, and even visits from the players. This is the Houston Rockets way of giving back.
The partnership with the United way is just one more method for the Houston Rockets to do more for the community. The Rockets are constantly sending out their people to volunteer for special assignments, and committees for the city.
Rockets give back to education is a program through the Clutch City organization, that has numerous programs to help the city’s youth with their education, in fun and inventive ways. The Rockets believe that through a good education, children can have a solid future.
The Rockets have teamed up with Children’s Memorial Hermann, to help motivate kids to be fit, by challenging them to get in shape. The city’s schools all participate, the students are giving ideas on getting and staying fit. The students compete in fitness and nutrition events to win prizes. , only one school is awarded the winner of the Be Fit Rally starring Rockets Entertainment, and specialists on nutrition.
Grassroots Basketball is a program designed to give every child an opportunity to play basketball. At camps, on city leagues, or school sports programs, the idea is to keep the children playing the game.
The Jr. Rockets program is to bring more of the team presence to the youth basketball leagues. The goal is to help children develop a life long love of the game, to give help to the leagues, and adding incentives to make the game more enjoyable for everyone. Each participant will receive a ticket to a Houston Rockets game, and a Jr. Rockets jersey.
The organization also helps promote the ‘Hiring our Hero’s’ program, sponsored by the City Commence. It was stablished in March of 2012, and is a nationwide program to help the military veterans and their spouses find significant work. The immediate goal is to push the movement through America, and in to the communities, where veterans and their families are. Since its beginning ‘Hiring our Hero’s’ has held more than 600 job fairs in every state, and over 20,000 veterans and their spouses have received employment. The Houston Rockets are proud to promote ‘Hiring Our Hero’s’ , by doing more for the community.
In 2012 Toyota came on board with ‘Hiring Our Hero’s’, and a medal of honor beneficiary Sgt. Dakota Meyer to start a program to help the veterans better address citizen employees. They provide the proper tools and resources to the veterans to aid with communication skills, and aid with one on one support.
Through all of these programs the Houston Rockets are doing more for the community. The organization is dedicated to the community they live in, to help young people grow in to well-rounded individuals.
By Katherine Miller-Chichester
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