Texans players lift spirits of Kingwood HS football players after Harvey

KINGWOOD, Texas (KTRK) -- When Harvey hit Kingwood, some parts of the community saw as much as seven feet of water. Dozens of businesses and more than 1,000 homes suffered significant damage.

Needless to say, the area is facing many challenges as they recover.

Kingwood High School is closed for the rest of the year. The superintendent with Humble Independent School District said the total cost of damage is unknown at this time.

Cleanup will take months, so the students were transferred to Summer Creek High School for the rest of the year. But activities like band and football practice are being held in a second spot: Humble Senior High School.

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ABC13's Courtney Fischer looks at how Kingwood HS students are adjusting to a new normal.

It's a lot of change for students, when many of them are dealing with flooding problems at home.

Enter the Houston Texans.

Players DJ Reader and Nick Martin showed up at Kingwood varsity and JV football practice Tuesday morning. Remember, the teams practice in the morning, because they start class at Summer Creek High School after lunch.

The Texans handed out new shoes and footballs to every single guy on the team.

"We were shocked. I was like totally shocked," said Aaron Finch, a senior on the team. "Then, they showed me they had cleats for everybody. I was like that's crazy."
Finch says moving to another campus for his last year of high school has been a big adjustment. Finch didn't flood, but said a handful of his teammates did.

"It was weird at first. We've gotten used to it," Finch said. "We're going to adapt to it, I guess."

Finch said working together on the field has helped the team become closer, but there have been struggles. A lot of the equipment was damaged when the school flooded.

Head coach Barry Campbell said new equipment donations from surrounding schools is what kept them in the game.

"There was a day there when we didn't know what we were going to do," Campbell said. "A lot of people reached out and let us borrow equipment, especially our surrounding schools in Humble ISD."

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