When Hurricane Harvey ravaged Texas, people from all walks of life jumped into action to help. The Cajun Navy was deployed, Team Rubicon hit the ground, and once ordinary people became extraordinary heroes.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt immediately made a plea to his fans and social media followers for donations. As the floodwaters receded, he was left with a whopping $37 million, which he announced would primarily be divided between Americares, Feeding America, SBP and Save the Children.
A few photos from today’s visit to a few of the sites where great work is being done using the funds you all so generously donated. Explanation and videos on my Instagram story and Snapchat. pic.twitter.com/FbqCMGRRLi
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) December 1, 2017
“I have said it many times over the course of the past few months, but it bears repeating again: the most difficult times seem to bring out the best in humanity,” Watt wrote on his YouCaring page. “I cannot thank everyone enough for their support and donations from across the country and around the world.”
Throughout the donation process, Watt repeatedly gave credit to the people who stepped up to help, whether it was with $5 or $500. On Tuesday, he had another announcement to make, and yet again, he shared the credit for his achievement with others.
Watt revealed on Twitter he was selected as Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsperson of the Year.”
Humbled & Honored.
Houston, this is for you and this is for the hundreds of thousands of people who donated from all over the world. pic.twitter.com/GuR6uB0Y6J
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) December 5, 2017
He wrote he is “humbled and honored” by the selection, which he shares with Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve.
“It’s much more than just two people,” Watt told ESPN. “It’s a whole city. On my side, it’s over 200,000 people who donated money to help rebuild the city. It’s an award that’s so much bigger than sports.”
During an interview with Sports Illustrated, he added all he did was “give people a way to help.”