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houston youth get a kick out of football and STEM clinic

2 minute read | august 25, 2023

Learning proper football techniques was a key component to the Houston Texans Football and STEM clinic.

More than 130 Houston-area kids scored big at the recent Houston Texans Football and STEM clinic. The event, sponsored by Chevron, gave youth ages 6 through 14 a chance to learn football skills from professional players and local high school coaches while upping their game in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

“We focus on the opportunity for kids to have fun and enjoy themselves through the game of football,” said Jerry Angel, senior vice president of partnerships for the Houston Texans.

“It’s not only learning football but learning STEM as a part of it. And I think that’s where Chevron and the Houston Texans come together.”

jerry angel

senior vice president of partnerships, Houston Texans

a kid getting ready to throw a football to another player

While studying how STEM can be applied to the game, kids learned skills for each position on the field.

why it matters

Held at the Houston Texans practice field, the coaches offered instruction for each position. STEM stations, provided by Chevron, were along the sidelines and featured lessons on how STEM dynamics can be found and applied to football.

“Being able to support Houston’s youth in a variety of ways shows our commitment to our city,” said Irene Flores, Chevron Corporate Affairs. “Connecting something like football with STEM is a fun way to engage with youth and make learning fun for them.”

two kids ride bikes in front of two monitors

At the Pedal Power station, kids pedaled stationary bicycles through a virtual course, generating “energy” to fly a Chevron drone, power an iPad or move a car.

the pro experience

Houston Texans mascot, TORO, and the team’s cheerleaders were on hand to encourage campgoers. Defensive end Jonathan Greenard was among the coaches for the on-field clinic, giving kids the opportunity to learn from a professional player.

In fact, tips from the pros were a vital part of the clinic.

Former Houston Texans wide receiver Cecil Shorts chatted with parents about the value of youth sports and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

“Having access to practice and learn in the same facilities that professional athletes use and having professional players spend time teaching the kids valuable skills is a rare, but cool opportunity,” Flores said.

a group of ten at a football game stand and smile at the camera

Chevron volunteers continued their community outreach efforts in Houston, Texas, by representing the company in Chevron’s first sponsored football and STEM clinic.

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