Remembering Mr. Bob McNair

As our city grieves the loss of Houston Texans Chairman/CEO Bob McNair, the YMCA of Greater Houston joins in reflecting on the legacy of philanthropy he leaves behind.

The Houston Texans YMCA broke ground in 2009, a partnership made possible by McNair’s affinity for the Y that went back to his childhood in North Carolina. It was the first partnership of its kind joining the YMCA and an NFL team. It opened in 2010, just in time to greet the January health and wellness goals of the historic Greater Third Ward community. McNair was there with a smile at the grand opening, shaking hands with new members and proud community leaders.

The Houston Texans’ goal to become the most community-connected sports franchise in the world is reflected in the relationship that continues between the Y and the team today. Players and cheerleaders frequent the facility, creating memories for children and giving them practical advice; the Houston Texans Foundation recognizes and promotes the dedication of Y staff and volunteers; and sometimes players get a little game day luck from the kids at the Y.

This Y in one of Houston’s most dynamic neighborhoods, not only aims to meet the wellness goals of area residents, but to inspire youth to civic leadership and enrich the time children spend in out-of-school time activities.

The Houston Texans YMCA has taken on the essence of the Greater Third Ward area, honoring the history of the community on its walls and creating new history within its walls. Just this past September, When We All Vote, a non-partisan organization founded and chaired by Michelle Obama, kicked off its national voter registration campaign and commemoration of the 53rd anniversary of the Voting Rights act with Chris Paul, Angela Rye, and others at a rally in the Y gym.

“We as an organization are thankful for the outpouring of support from Mr. McNair in one of our most treasured neighborhoods,” said YMCA Board Chair and trusted Houston journalist, Khambrel Marshall. “In light of his passing, we aim to live up to his aspirations for community enrichment and passion for the next generation. He will surely be missed.”