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JJ Watt to host charity home run derby for after-school programs

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Posted at 8:21 PM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 21:21:57-05

JJ Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans and Pewaukee native, is continuing charitable efforts for after-school athletics after taking a year off for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. 

Watt is hosting the Justin J. Watt Foundation Charity Classic and home-run derby May 4 at Minute Maid Park in which he and his team members will play softball to raise money for middle school after-school athletic programs across the country. 

In 2017, the Charity Classic raised over $1.6 million.

Overall the foundation has donated over $4.5 million to more than 400 schools in 35 states and Washington D.C.

The JJ Watt Foundation refocused their mission after Hurricane Harvey in 2017 to help people impacted in Houston and the surrounding communities.

With the help of 16 countries, the foundation raised $41.6 million for relief efforts.

Watt was recognized for his philanthropy in 2017 with the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.