With a sellout crowd at the Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas, the second annual J.J. Watt Charity Classic softball game happened this past weekend. The charity event pins Texans’ offensive players against the defense in front of fans, all for a good cause. There were over 7,500 people in attendance. “This is all for a softball game,” Watt said, somewhat in disbelief, as he sat down behind a table filled with microphones.
This past Friday, the offense beat the defense 29-23 on the lit up field in Sugar Land. However, the real winners of the 2nd annual game are the kids who will reap the benefits of an estimated $425,000 collected from the game for the Justin J. Watt Foundation.
“It’s obviously going to be a massive help to a lot of kids,” Watt said after the game. “So we’re really appreciative of all the fans and my teammates. It’s such a fun event. It’s crazy.”
The event featured twenty-six Texans on “Offense” and “Defense” rosters, including players such as Arian Foster, Brian Cushing and Case Keenum. “It’s unbelievable. … This year to see how it’s even grown from last year and to see how word of mouth has kind of taken over – fans are showing up at noon, 1 o’clock for a 7 o’clock game,” Watt said. “It’s unbelievable to see all this media attention and everything else for such a good cause.
J.J. Watt is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans NFL team. The player said his favorite moment of the night was after the game was over, when the stadium set fireworks off over right field.