Premont High School athletics is getting a boost from the Houston Texans’ biggest name — J.J. Watt.

The South Texas school district, which only a few years ago was on the verge of being shutdown by the state, was notified Thursday that it will receive more than $8,500 from the Justin J. Watt Foundation. Earlier this year, Premont submitted an application for a grant from the foundation.

According to reports, the money is meant to be used for athletics.

According to, the foundation encourages participation in athletics.

“Participation in athletic programs provide to children the opportunity to expand their horizons and learn valuable life lessons that will serve them well beyond their years on the playing field. Providing these opportunities for children in the community will not only give them a safe, supervised, and structured setting in which to spend time after school, but it will also teach the children how to work together within the context of a team, how to persevere in the face of adversity, and that hard work is the best path to success in any situation. The ultimate goal for this foundation is to provide an opportunity for kids to be kids. We want them to be able to have fun and enjoy playing sports with their peers, but at the same time, we want to help lay a solid foundation of characteristics on which they may build the rest of their life,” the website states.

In 2016, the Justin J. Watt Foundation awarded a grant of $11,000 to Agua Dulce High School new football uniforms and new uniforms and equipment for the basketball, track, volleyball and baseball teams.