In the wake of the school shooting at Santa Fe High School outside of Houston, Texans star J.J. Watt announced his intentions to personally cover the funeral costs of the ten victims of the horrific shooting. Watt, who has a much-deserved reputation for his generosity, is an activist in the Houston community and the brains behind the J.J. Watt foundation, which raises money for a number of different causes. Watt is not outspoken on issues related to gun violence, but is also familiar with the issue. After the Sandy Hook Shooting in 2012, Watt flew some of the students from the school out to Texas and spent the day with them.
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Watt helped raise $37 million dollars to help locals affected by the storm. Those efforts earned him league-wide recognition. Today, J.J. Watt is often the player that other players look to for guidance on how to help and engage with their communities. Though his donation does not guarantee that other players will make similar donations after inevitable future slaughters, it’s likely that will be the case.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) May 18, 2018
Covering the funeral costs for ten people is no small thing. According to data provided by the National Funeral Directors Association, paying for a funeral can cost upwards of $8,000, and that figure is not all-inclusive. Headstones can cost another $1,500 to $2,000 and a plot of land in a cemetery can go for as much as $1,000.