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Houston Texans bring holiday cheer with "beary" special gifts for kindergartners

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It was a tough week of testing for Horn Elementary kindergartners in Bellaire, but their hard work was rewarded with a surprise visit from Houston Texan players bearing gifts.

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Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson, both cornerbacks for the Houston Texans, arrived on a late Friday afternoon with a special “beary” surprise for the young students.

Joseph and Jackson joined forces with their Johnathan Joseph Foundation and Kareem Jackson Foundation to provide the children with Christmas bears and mini first aid kits so they could attend the Teddy Bear Checkup at Houston’s Health Museum on December 14. VIP passes were also donated to each of the 24 children for the event.

Teddy Bear Checkup, a special health and wellness program at The Health Museum, is an annual holiday event where children can become a doctor for day. They’re asked to bring along their favorite stuffed friends for their “beary” special annual checkup. Children get the chance to visit several stations including the Teddy Bear Exam Room, Tough Teeth, Beary Fit and more. An appearance by Santa Claus combined with holiday and science themed activities and crafts round out the day.

Joseph and Jackson, advocates for health and wellness, applauds The Health Museum for their efforts in hosting this annual program, which teaches young children healthy habits. With their favorite bear as the ‘patient’ instead of themselves, children have a fun, stress-free opportunity to learn more about staying healthy and taking care of their bodies during the holiday season and beyond.

“The kids can start at an early age, especially in today’s world, to learn about a healthy lifestyle,” said Jackson. “They’re taking health precautions and making sure their body stays in shape. Then they can continue to do that into adulthood.”

Joseph added, “We’re trying to raise awareness what happens every time they go to the doctor. It was really cool to surprise the kids. It’s important to have the chance to give back and be an example.”

The Health Museum’s Teddy Bear Checkup is held annually.

Joseph and Jackson’s foundations were both sponsors.

Whitney Schovajsa, The Health Museum’s marketing communications manager, said, “We’re so thankful for Kareem Jackson and Johnathan Joseph to sponsor the annual event.”

For more information on The Kareem Jackson Foundation, go to www.kareemjackson25.com/foundation. Details on upcoming Health Museum programs and events, go to www.mhms.org.

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