by Cheryl Piccio, ABS-CBN News
HOUSTON, TX — Super Bowl 51 was not only a major economic boon to the city of Houston, but it is also helping the non-profit community thrive long after the game is over.
Touchdown Houston — the Super Bowl’s charitable giving program — the Greater Houston Charitable Foundation, and the NFL Foundation partnered to donate $4 million of grant funding to Houston-area nonprofits, with a focus on education, health, or community enhancement.
The Filipino Young Professionals of Houston — commonly known as “FYP” — was the premiere Fil-Am organization in Houston selected to receive the grant.
Originally created in 2009 as an avenue to promote Filipino culture to young professionals in Houston, FYP offers networking and career counseling for professionals, as well as scholarships to students in the US and in the Philippines.
“FYPP Houston is very fortunate to be one of the recipients of the Super Bowl host committee grant. The money will go a long way and funding our various scholarship initiatives and our community projects,” said Mylene Supan, President of Filipino Young Professionals of Houston.
Recent recipients of the FYP scholarship were two Typhoon Haiyan survivors from Tacloban City who are currently studying at the University of the Philippines.
The survivors say life after the devastating storm remains hard.
“Although we are called victims we like to think of ourselves and survivors. We do our best to get back on our feet and not just wait for help to come,” said Nikki Joy Espina, an FYP Scholarship recipients. “Our parents gave their all to help us continue studying and follow our ambition — but somethings are just too great to fix on our own.”
Beatrice and Nikki both say that it was the scholarship from FYP that made it possible for them to continue their studies.
Mylene Supan says the Touchdown Grant will help to deepen their charitable initiatives in the community, and enable the continued success of their educational programs.
To learn more about FYP and their scholarship programs by visiting their website, fyphouston.com.