Texans’ D’Onta Foreman surprises Lake Houston kids at Dick’s Sporting Goods

December 15, 2017 GMT

When Houston Texans running back D’Onta Foreman came out, the children assembled at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Summerwood were surprised. When Foreman announced each kid would be given a $100 gift card to spend, the surprise and excitement increased exponentially.

Foreman, a rookie who played at the University of Texas, where he won the Doak Walker Award in 2016 as the top running back in the country, surprised 24 children who play flag football through the Lake Houston Family YMCA in Kingwood on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

“When this was brought to my attention, it was something that I really wanted to do and that I was really excited about doing,” Foreman told the crowd of kids and parents. “I’ve been looking forward to this all day.”

Foreman grew up in Texas City and played football at Texas City High School, where he was a first team all-district running back his sophomore, junior and senior year. His senior year he was also named a first team all-district defensive end, district MVP, and second team all-state running back.

“I know a lot of people had a hard time with the storm and everything that happened with the storm, and I want to find a way to give back in any way that I can,” he said. “I had a lot of teammates do a lot of wonderful things to help this city.”

“I’m a person whose roots go back to Houston, so with that tragedy happening to a city like this, any way I can give back and help, I want to try.”

Foreman signed autographs, and then walked around and talked about football and other subjects with the kids and their families for over an hour and half.

The Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Westlake Marketplace in Summerwood had planned to open Sept. 15 and have a big grand opening celebration with festivities and appearances by local athletes.

Hurricane Harvey delayed the opening.

“When we reassessed and thought about it, we decided it doesn’t feel right having a party and a grand opening with a big celebration,” said Diana Acker, community marketing manager for Dick’s Sporting Goods.

Instead, Dick’s decided to put all of the money it had set aside for the grand opening into the community. The store donated $65,000 to Humble Independent School District to help with the rebuilding of Kingwood High School and $45,000 to Sheldon ISD for the rebuilding of C.E. King High School.

Dick’s had already signed contracts with some local athletes for appearances, so it found ways to use those appearances to help the community.

The shopping spree, which was donated by Dick’s Sporting goods, and the appearance by D’Onta Foreman was the last of those events.

The Lake Houston Family YMCA was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.

“Dick’s has been a supporter of the YMCA, and they really wanted to do something for the community,” said Chris Butsch, Lake Houston Family YMCA Community exective director.

“I think the YMCA is kind of a fixture in the Humble/Kingwood/Atascocita community,” Butsch said. “I’ve only been with the Lake Houston Family YMCA for two weeks. It’s never been more evident than it has been now with people reaching out, giving their thoughts and prayers and seeing how they can help.”