ABOUT THE TOUCHDOWN CLUB OF HOUSTON
The Touchdown Club of Houston is an organization dedicated to the sharing of fellowship through football. We are a 'non-denominational' organization, meaning we have members who support football teams at all levels and in different geographic areas. Although we put an emphasis on having fun at banquets and luncheons, we also are a community-service organization that uses football as our catalyst.
We Contribute our profits to several Community Service Projects.
Those projects are:
Weight Room Refurbishing Project: We have put about $190,000 worth of weights and weight equipment into 38 Greater Houston high schools.
Scholarships: We have awarded about $200,000 in scholarships over the last 15 years. The scholarships go to the top senior area high school football players who are considered starters with the highest grade-point averages. Finalists are selected by the presidents of the fo the University of Houston, Rice and Texas Southern. Winners are selected by the TD Club.
Senior Showcase. The Club has worked with HISD and the Houston Texans to help more than 600 high school football players land about $60 million in Division II, Division III and NAIA scholarships they would not have had through the Senior Showcase in the last five years.
Sean's Shoes. The Club has distributed excess cleats and tennis shoes from the Houston Texans, many of which were never worn, to needy area schools in the last six years. We work through the Texans' Sean Washington, director of player development.
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In addition to the Community Service Projects, we have annual events that we run to raise monies for those projects.
The Annual Events are:
The UIL High School Awards Dinner: Since its inception in 1980, the dinner has become the nation's most-prestigious event of its kind. It is the largest event of its kind in the country. Representatives from more than 30 colleges are among the sellout crowd of 1,000. The event recognizes 10 finalists for Greater Houston's Offensive Player of the Year, 10 for the Defensive Player of the Year, and 10 for the Coach of the Year. The winner in each category is announced at the end of the program. During the program, a multimedia production displays the players stats and highlights of their games. The players are selected by a blue-ribbon committee of area high-school coaches, while the coaches are selected by a blue-ribbon committee of area high-school athletic directors. A coach is ineligible to win the award again for five years after being named Coach of the Year.
Sportsmanship Luncheon: The annual gala rewards high schools for doing things the right way. There are 1st, 2nd and 3rd places awarded to area Class 5A teams and Class 4A teams. There are 1st and 2nd places for Class3A/Private schools. Squads are judged on their actions on the field, the actions of the support personnel in the stands, the number of personal fouls and unsportsmanlike fouls, and repsect for the American flag.
Rice-UH Bayou Bucket Luncheon: This luncheon began in 1972, one year after Rice and Houston began playing on the football field. Both the head football coaches and the athletic directors at each school address the gathering. The Touchdown Club created the Bayou Bucket Trophy, which is awarded on the field immediately after the contest to the game's winner. The schools are scheduled to play again in 2016.
TSU-PVAMU Labor Day Classic Luncheon: The luncheon begun in 2001, this luncheon was an instant hit with followers of Texas Southern University and Prairie View A&M University. The program brings in a guest speaker and gives out a special-achievement plaque. The head football coaches and athletic directors from both schools speak. The Touchdown Club also created the Durley-Nicks Trophy, named for the top football coach at each of the two schools, and club representatives present the trophy annually on the field immediately after the TSU-PVAMU game.
Billy Nicks Sr. won five mythical, black-schools national championships with the Panthers, the last in 1968. Alexander Durley the most wins football coach in TSU history, and won a mythical, black-schools national championship in 1952.
The Touchdowner of the Year Award: This is Houston's longest-continuing football award presentation, given annually for extraordinary contributions and outstanding achievements reflecting honor and sportsmanship to football over a lengthy period of time. Anyone from the pro, college or high school levels as well as the media is eligible for the honor. We also name our Preseason All-Greater Houston High School Team during this gala.
The Private School Awards Dinner: Began in 2012. The event recognizes 10 finalists for Greater Houston's Private School Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Lineman of the Year, Ironman of the Year and Coach of the Year. During the program, a multimedia production displays the player’s stats and highlights of their best games. The winner in each category is announced at the end of the program. The players are selected by a blue-ribbon committee of area high-school coaches, while the coaches are selected by a blue-ribbon committee of area high-school athletic directors. A coach is ineligible to win the award again for five years after being named Coach of the Year