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HCC Field of Opportunity Scholarship Program Kicks Off with Houston Texans

HOUSTON [September 11, 2012] – With a new, historic, innovative program, the Houston Community College Foundation will provide a minimum of $50,000 in scholarships annually to members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston through a partnership with the Houston Texans. The HCC Field of Opportunity Program will launch at a kickoff event Tuesday, September 11 at 4:00 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Driver Park YET Center. The program builds on HCC’s Opportunity 14 scholarships already administered by the Houston Community College Foundation.

In this program, each time the Texans score 14 points, an Opportunity 14 scholarship will be awarded. In addition, when the Texans hold an opponent below 14 points, an Opportunity 14 scholarship will also be awarded. The scholarships will be presented in both wins and losses – recognizing that with education there is always a winner. The Texans got the program off to a strong start with a 30-10 win over the Miami Dolphins Sunday, meaning two scholarships will be awarded.

Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph will serve as the official spokesperson for the HCC Field of Opportunity Program and will speak at the event along with HCC Board Chair Mary Ann Perez, HCC Chancellor Mary Spangler, Texans President Jamey Rootes and HCC Foundation Board President Bob Bellomy. Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston will also be part of the event to learn about the opportunities and scholarships.

Education is the key to changing the future of Houston. “Through this partnership, Houston Community College, supported by the Houston Texans, will not only increase awareness of the education gap and opportunities that exist to close it, but also demonstrate definitive action with the potential of giving college scholarships to qualified Boys & Girls Club members at the conclusion of every Houston Texans regular and post season game,” said Dr. Mary Spangler, HCC Chancellor.

Houston Community College is the official education partner of the Houston Texans. Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston’s mission is to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. The scholarships provided by the HCC Foundation and the Texans will help significantly in fulfilling that mission.

The HCC Field of Opportunity kickoff event will be held September 11 at 4:00 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club at James Driver Park, 10918 ½ Bentley St., in Houston. For more information about the event, or the HCC Field of Opportunity Program, contact Lesa Spivey at 713.718.5438 or lesa.spivey@hccs.edu. For details regarding how you can donate to HCC Opportunity 14 scholarships visit opportunity14.org.

For more information about Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, please visit bgclubs-houston.org.

About HCC
HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the greater Houston area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society.

To learn more go to hccs.edu.

Contact:
Lesa Spivey
Office of HCC Communications
P 713.718.5438
E communications@hccs.edu

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