Earlier this summer Deshaun Watson hosted a summer reading challenge for kids in the Houston area called “4 Books for #4 Summer Reading Challenge” in partnership with Ashley HomeStore. The winners aged 7,8,11 & 14 all received a $10,000.00 shopping spree at Ashley HomeStore to make-over their rooms, and on top of that Deshaun took them all to Footlocker and purchased them and their siblings all brand new shoes!
He didn't stop there though. Last night Deshaun surprised the 4 winners from the reading challenge with scholarships to the school of their choice. Education is one of the pillars of the Deshaun Watson Foundation, and Deshaun felt honored to be able to provide these kids with a long term goal and reward them and their families for their hard work and commitment.
The families were left speechless at the gesture by Deshaun Watson. Deshaun just wants to do his part to give kids hope and inspiration for a better life. Education has always been a priority for Deshaun and his mother, and now he has the opportunity to share that with others who continue to work hard, but otherwise may not be afforded the opportunity.
During a time where we’ve seen Watson's name in the news for football matters, and rumors swirling around his future with the Texans, he continues to brush everything aside and remain true to his commitment to strive to improve the quality of life for young people in the community.
Deshaun grew up knowing how tough things can be for some families, and wants to make sure he can continue to help other families just like Warrick Dunn helped him and his family. Watson’s family was the recipient of a fully furnished home on behalf of Warrick Dunn and Habitat for Humanity when he was younger. Deshaun knows first hand the importance of a safe and healthy room growing up.