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Reliant and Deshaun Watson Surprise Student Athletes with Scholarships at Second Annual Charity Flag Football Game

November 13, 2018 GMT

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 12, 2018--Eight Houston-area high school students were surprised by Reliant and Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson with $5,000 scholarships at the company’s second annual Reliant Charity Flag Football Game. As part of the surprise, the students joined local media personalities for a fun game of flag football to raise money for deserving nonprofits.

The Scholarship for Champions program recognizes local students for their leadership in athletics, academics and community involvement. Since its inception in 2005, the Scholarship for Champions program has awarded $480,000 to 96 students from the greater Houston area.

This year’s scholarship recipients, which include athletes in basketball, track, cheerleading, softball and more, were encouraged by Watson, a standout scholar who graduated from Clemson University in three years. He commended the students for their dedication to athletics and academics and emphasized the importance of leadership and giving back to the local community.

“We love being able to recognize hardworking, deserving students through our Scholarship for Champions program,” said Elizabeth Killinger, president, Reliant. “We also were happy to have Deshaun Watson, who is an excellent role model both on the field and in life, present to help celebrate these students’ accomplishments. Our work with Deshaun to ‘Power It Forward’ through community involvement is part of our commitment to being a positive force in the community.”

Scholarship for Champions

The Scholarship for Champions program, which was created from a partnership between Reliant and the Houston Texans, celebrates local students’ athletic and academic performance, personal character and dedication to his or her community with a $5,000 scholarship. Each recipient plays on a varsity team, maintains a minimum 3.0 grade point average and plans to pursue a college degree.

The 2018 students included athletes from a variety of sports backgrounds:

Reliant Charity Flag Football Game

In addition, local Houston media had an opportunity to show off their football skills and raise money for a charity of their choice during the second annual Reliant Charity Flag Football Game held at the Houston Methodist Training Center. A total of $13,250 was raised for eight deserving charities during the game.

The following Houston media personalities participated in the game:

About Reliant, an NRG company

Reliant powers, protects and simplifies life by bringing electricity, security and related services to homes and businesses across Texas. Serving customers and the community is at the core of what we do, with Reliant being nationally recognized for outstanding customer service and experience. Reliant is part of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), a Fortune 500 company that creates value through best-in-class operations and reliable and efficient electric generation. Backed by a diverse portfolio of power generating facilities, NRG’s competitive residential electricity business, which includes Reliant, is the largest in the country and powers more than 3 million customers across the U.S. and Canada. For more information about Reliant, please visit reliant.com and connect with Reliant on Facebook at facebook.com/reliantenergy and Twitter or Instagram @reliantenergy. PUCT Certificate #10007.

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