VY Shows His Charitable Side

By Yolande Lezine
Updated: May 20, 2009

HOUSTON — This past weekend, Houston native and Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young hosted his third Annual Celebrity Weekend, Gala and Community Unity Funday at Butler Stadium.

The weekend started off last Friday with the Vince Young Golf Tournament held at Wildcat Golf Course. On Saturday over 400 kids from across the greater Houston area got to participate in the 2nd Annual Vince Young Football Camp and the 2nd Annual Vince Young Cheerleader Camp.

All participants received individual instruction and drills from several area high school coaches as well as current and former NFL stars. Young visited each station and worked out with all the kids himself.

Joining Vince were: Coach Ivory Young-Camp Coordinator, Curtis Duncan, ex-Houston Oiler wide receiver and Texans Ambassador, Tennessee Titans teammates Jevon Kearse, Keith Bullock, Chris Johnson and Bo Scaife, Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamal Charles, former Denver Broncos running back Selvin Young, and former Madison High School teammates Bennie Swain, Joe Ward, George Walker, William Thomas, and Dwayne Jones participated as coaches.

After a nice lunch featuring some of Vince Young smoked sausages and food by Hungry Farmer all campers were invited to attend the 2nd Annual Vince Young Celebrity Basketball game at Butler Fieldhouse. The stars came out for this event to support the Vince Young Foundation.

Some of the celebrities included: Nelly and the St. Lunatics, Nick Van Exel-NBA, Sam Cassell-NBA, Chester Taylor-Minnesota Vikings, Derrick Johnson and Jamal Charles of the Kansas City Chiefs, Tony Hills-Pittsburgh Steelers, Brandi Garcia-97.9 The Box, Selvin Young, Chynelle Crawford-Powerade, Mr. A.P., and the Texans Duane Brown, Andre Johnson, Kasey Studdard, Frank Okam, and Jacoby Jones.

Nelly led the White Team to a 117-115 victory over Vince Young and the Black Team. Nelly led the white team with 22 points and Sam Cassell added 19. Nelly put on a show for the fans who cheered loudly as he appeared onto the court hitting four three-pointers, dishing out 10 assists, and two steals.

Young led the Black Team with 23 points. Houston Texans wide receivers Andre Johnson and Jacoby Jones added 21 and 14 points each. Jones had four slam dunks while Johnson added two.

The evening was capped off with the First Annual Vincent Young Foundation Gala held at the Hilton of the Americas Hotel. The event was held to raise money for the Yellowstone Academy and to honor Jim & Linda McIngvale with the 1st Annual Heart of a Titan Award, given for their outstanding contributions in the community.

“The Vince Young Foundation is about helping people,” Jim McIngvale said. “The essence of living is giving and the Foundation provides HOPE for children all across town.”

Others on program included: Pastor Samuel Smith-Mt. Horeb Missionary Baptist Church, The Honorable Shelia Jackson Lee, The Honorable Al Green, actress Regina King, The Honorable Mayor Bill White and entertainer Fantasia.

“Houston is very proud of Vince Young and the Vince Young Foundation for what they have done and will continue to do.”

And as Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee put it “To God Be the Glory for the things he has done. Failure is not an option when it comes to Vince Young!”