Located in a storied, historic neighborhood in Houston's Greater Third Ward community, the Houston Texans YMCA is the first YMCA facility in the country to be named after a professional sports team. The facility's relationship with the team extends well beyond the name on the outside of the building. Houston Texans football players participate in programs at the Houston Texans Y that directly impact the Greater Third Ward neighborhood. It is a partnership that benefits the players, the Y and, most of all, the community and its youth.
Quentin R. Mease, whose name and image grace the welcome center at the Houston Texans Y, was a civil rights pioneer and community leader in Houston. Mr. Mease was instrumental in getting the South Central YMCA built in the Third Ward in 1955. The South Central YMCA played a primary role in the peaceful desegregation movement of the '60s and was a vital community center for Houston's African-American population. When the South Central YMCA closed, many in the community feared their local treasure would be forever lost.
With the creation of the Houston Texans Y, the spirit and legacy of the South Central YMCA lives on. The Houston Texans Y is committed to the betterment of its community via programs geared toward health and wellness, youth development, personal enrichment and recreational activities. In addition, the facility serves as a gathering place for all.
"People are happy the YMCA built such a nice facility here," says Priscilla Graham, community executive director of the Houston Texans Y. "We are proud to be a part of the revitalization of this community."
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