J.J. Watt's Softball Game Draws A Sell-Out
Updated On: Apr 28 2013 11:28:43 PM CDT
Constellation Field was filled to capacity Saturday as the Texans took over the home of the Sugar Land Skeeters.
"I was actually shocked about the crowd when I pulled up to the stadium," said Andre Johnson, Texans wide receiver. "I didn't realize how many people would be here and we'd be playing in front of."
Far from an ordinary day on the diamond, the J.J. Watt Foundation's first annual charity softball game pit offense versus defense in a duel that had it's share of drama.
"Couldn't have scripted it any better," said J.J. Watt, Texans defensive end. "Couldn't have asked for a better crowd, better players, better product on the field."
The stadium's spotlight was shared with some of the children in the crowd, since kids were the cause behind the event. Through Saturday's efforts alone, roughly $300,000 was said to have been raised towards afterschool programs.
"I work in the schools," said Jessica Mitchell, a Texans fan. "Knowing that my favorite players like to help kids, as well, is really amazing."
"I understand that not everybody was as fortunate as I was growing up," said Watt. "Even from an early age, in high school and middle school, my parents taught me to give back. I want to help everybody out. I want to help everybody get the same opportunities I had, because I think that's only fair we get the same opportunities."