The J.J. Watt Charity Classic

By Joe Southern
jsouthern@fortbendstar.com

The J.J. Watt Charity Classic, which moved this year from Constellation Field to Minute Maid Park, raised approximately $1.6 million Saturday night for the Justin J. Watt Foundation, which has funded $2 million for after-school athletic programs in 21 states.

Nearly 30,000 fans attended the annual softball game between the Houston Texans offense and defense. The offense won the game 4-3 in an extra inning to even the series at 2-2.

The Houston Texans defense, left in blue, and offense, right in red, pose with the trophy after the J.J. Watt Charity Classic softball game Saturday at Minute Maid Park.  (Photo by Joe Southern)

The Houston Texans defense, left in blue, and offense, right in red, pose with the trophy after the J.J. Watt Charity Classic softball game Saturday at Minute Maid Park. (Photo by Joe Southern)

 

J.J. Watt stands with former first lady Barbara Bush after he escorted her to the field for the ceremonial first pitch.  (Photo by Joe Southern)

J.J. Watt stands with former first lady Barbara Bush after he escorted her to the field for the ceremonial first pitch. (Photo by Joe Southern)

 

J.J. Watt gives a high-five to Jordan McDaniel after she hit a single and got on base. Watt invited her to play in the game after a fire destroyed her family’s home in Alvin, taking with it their tickets to the game. (Photo by Joe Southern)

J.J. Watt gives a high-five to Jordan McDaniel after she hit a single and got on base. Watt invited her to play in the game after a fire destroyed her family’s home in Alvin, taking with it their tickets to the game. (Photo by Joe Southern)

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