Cardinals JJ Watt of Arizona supports the Wisconsin community by covering the funeral expenses of those who died during the Christmas Parade in Waukesha.
NFL fans have known for years that the Watt brothers are from the state of Wisconsin.
That small town is Waukesha, Wisconsin, where five people died and 48 were injured when a red SUV plowed through a crowd at a local Christmas parade.
The horrifying event caused a national stir, but it came close to home for Watt, who was born in Waukesha and played football at Pewaukee High. Watt described the images of the scene as “terrible”, expressing hope for those injured and gratitude to the first responders at the scene.
Five people ages 52 to 81 have now passed away as a result of the incident, and Watt plans to do what he can to support his community back home. According to Wisconsinite Cory Jennerjohn, Watt will take care of the funeral expenses for everyone who died at the event.
JJ Watt Supports Wisconsin’s Hometown of Waukesha After Christmas Parade Tragedy
The suspect driver, Darrell E. Brooks Jr., is believed to have been involved in a home disturbance before he drove an SUV through a crowd of people marching in Waukesha.
The local Christmas parade closed the streets as bands marched and floated marchers. The video shows a red SUV speeding through these closed streets without regard for surrounding families and children watching the parade.
Watt is no stranger to philanthropy, he’s also no stranger to supporting his local community. After Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Houston, TX, longtime Houston Texan residents raised $37 million for hurricane relief. Watt’s contributions earned him a Walter Payton Man of the Year nomination from his team, and Watt won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award following the 2017 season.
According to a 2019 update from Sports Illustrated, Watt .’s hurricane relief fund build more than 1,100 houses in the Houston area.
While Watt’s Hurricane Harvey relief operation had widespread impact and garnered national attention, his desire to cover the funeral costs of Waukesha community members also had an impact. big for a community reeling from tragedy.
https://fansided.com/2021/11/23/j-j-watt-covering-funeral-costs-waukesha-parade-victims/ JJ Watt is taking care of the funeral expenses for the victims of the Waukesha parade