Football player makes fundraising history for storm victims

Houston Texans defensive end and Pro Bowler J.J. Watt has set an off-field record. Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund is approaching $15 million!

… Watt set up the fundraiser through a page on Sunday (August 27). He kicked off the fundraiser with an initial personal donation of $100,000 with the goal of raising $200,000 for charity. He made a quick video introducing the challenge that he uploaded to Twitter. With support from friends and fans, he reached the $200,000 goal in two hours. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Watt raised the goal to $500,000 that same day. He met that goal within 24 hours. So, of course, Watt boosted the goal to $1 million.

… On August 29, Tennessee Titans Owner Amy Adams Strunk donated one million dollars to the fund. Strunk is a Houston native and maintains a home just outside of the city. Watt thanked her on social media — and raised the goal again.

… Wednesday the charity got another boost when talk show host Ellen DeGeneres surprised Watt with the news that Walmart was chipping in another million.

As of midnight the goal was upped to $15 million and he had raised over $13 million!





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