deshaun watson with kids at football camp

Mattress Firm Teams Up with Deshaun Watson to Teach Foster Children Success On and Off the Field

Football season came early this year for a special group of 10 Houston-area foster children who attended Deshaun Watson’s Youth Football Camp over the weekend.

During the event, 250 children spent four hours learning and practicing football skills and leadership under the Houston Texan’s quarterback’s guidance.

Foster families do everything they can to provide for their children, but oftentimes experiences like camps and extracurricular activities aren’t possible. Through its Foster Kids programMattress Firm hosts annual drives to fund foster kids’ participation in activities, like this sports camp, that allow them to do what they do best: be kids.

The Playbook for Reaching the End Zone

On a morning fit for football in Katy, Texas, Mattress Firm invited 10 Houston-area foster children to attend Deshaun Watson’s Youth Football camp. With footballs flying through the air, children practiced offensive and defensive plays with expert guidance from one of the best in the game.

Camp attendees learned more than how to properly throw and block, though. Watson covered everything from drills to making good grades and choosing the right role models. He credits his success on the field just as much to what he has achieved off of it.

As Watson knows, it takes more than tackles and touchdowns to succeed in life. The decisions we make growing up impact our future – whether it’s asking a question in class when we don’t understand or surrounding ourselves with the right people for encouragement. They say practice makes perfect, but really it is early practice that makes all the difference.

A good night’s sleep is one factor to achieving success, but we at Mattress Firm also believe that an active lifestyle, leadership and mentoring lead to victories on the field, in the classroom, and out in the community.

 

kids at Deshaun Watson's youth football camp

deshaun watson throws a ball

mattress firm volunteers sort prizes for kids at football camp

children ran through football drills kids line up to learn from Deshaun Watson

a wide view of the football field at the mattress firm foster kids event

About The Author

Sunni Goodman As senior vice president of communications for Mattress Firm and mother to two beautiful children, Sunni Goodman is excited to share her favorite savings tips for parents and families on The Daily Doze. Mattress Firm is both literally and figuratively a family for Sunni, who works alongside her sister who recruited her to work for Mattress Firm in 2007. In addition to her love for chocolate and dancing, Sunni’s heart lies in sharing the Mattress Firm story and helping shoppers find new ways to stretch their budgets further. She provides strategic direction on Mattress Firm’s internal and external communications plans and lends her passion for serving her community to the Ticket to Dream Foundation, which supports the Mattress Firm Foster Kids program, and raises funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer. She is a proud alumna of Stephen F. Austin State University, where she was a setter for the Ladyjacks volleyball team. Sunni lives in Houston with her husband Jason, son Ruxin and daughter Remy.

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