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Salute to Service Award

The McNairs
An image from the Nov. 18, 2019 Houston Texans Salute to Service Cookout.

Hannah and Cal McNair (Ownership)

Supporting service members and their families is a particularly important cause to the McNairs. The Texans started the tradition of honoring all branches of the military through a Salute to Service-themed game held each year and they donate hundreds of tickets to service members to attend, inviting each branch to present colors on the field and hold a field-sized United States flag. This honored tradition led to a league-wide NFL Salute to Service celebration held in every NFL stadium across the country each year. In 2019, the McNairs hosted members of the armed forces and their families through the USO at Texans Training Camp where Cal McNair surprised each military member with a Texans Challenge Coin creating a memorable and meaningful experience for all. Throughout COVID, they have helped provide meals to service members working long hours at testing sites and food distributions, sending pizza to keep them going. When members of the military and their families were displaced by Hurricane Laura, the Houston Texans sponsored a big meal for the families staying in Houston. The Lady Texans mission is to support the team and the Texans Foundation, with a focus on women, youth and military. Each year, Hannah leads the Houston Texans Salute to Service efforts with the Lady Texans, volunteering her time at events throughout the week, including golf and bowling with troops, serving Thanksgiving meals at the veteran's hospital, and an annual Military Barbecue where service members get the chance to meet the entire Texans team at a private practice.