The inaugural Houston Sports Awards are not just about the amazing performances that happen on the field, pitch, court, and arenas of Houston. It’s also about all of those wonderful cheering fans who paint their faces, sing their songs, travel, and root for Houston sports teams. We want you to help us decide who is the 2017 Houston Sports Fan Of The Year. Below you’ll see each of the candidates for the award! Read a bit on each of the nominated fans and then vote at the bottom of the page. The total vote will be a percentage taken into account when determining who the three finalists will be to attend the Houston Sports Awards on Febuary 8th where one will be named Houston Sports Awards Fan Of The Year! Voting ends on January 12th.
The Astros have been a bright spot in the life of nine-year-old Cameron Gooch, who has battled a rare form of cancer for the past year. Cameron, who started the third grade this week, has been fighting rhabdomyosarcoma, a type of cancer that affects the muscles. Through his radiation and chemotherapy treatments, he’s kept an eye on the Astros and even has been visited by some of his favorite players. Cameron told the folks at the Make-A-Wish Foundation that his wish was to be a Houston Astro for a day, and on this season, that wish came true. Before a game against the Diamondbacks, Cameron, who finished his chemo treatments just two weeks earlier, suited up in his own Astros uniform with No. 17 and his last name stitched on the back.
Debbie The Texan
My name is Debbie the Texan and I’d like to tell you why I’m Houston ’s, more specifically the Texans number one fan. One might assume me driving 26,169 miles to every game in 2015 from Corpus Christi would make me their biggest fan. That’s not it! Or possibly having a decked out Houston Texans spirit van, nope that’s not it either! Maybe me attending so many out of town games throughout the years and definitely the home games in custom-made themed wear! That wouldn’t be it either! To me it’s not just about the games, it’s about eating breathing, sleeping Texans….it’s a lifestyle! It’s my everyday dedication to the Texans that sets me apart. I’ve worked along the side of our Texans at Habitat for Humanity, sorted food at the food bank, volunteered at NRG after hurricane Harvey and at their 5K race just to name a few. I also share my love of the Texans with others, like children at my school. I’ve had Toro visit and had Texans Brennan Scarlett who works with the Barbara Bush Foundation read to our children. I’ve also had Wade Smith bring his Reading with the Pros group to our school! I’m so passionate about our Texans I review their monthly calendar and attend as many Texans events as possible especially the Texans Radio Show on Tuesdays. You can find me at Fuddruckers every Tuesday night enjoying the Texans Radio Show! Who else do you know reps their team while snorkeling in Belize, swimming with the stingrays, exploring Aruba or hiking Old Baldy at Garner State Park? I never leave my home without my repping gear which consists of a Texans flag, a scroll banner and of course my number one fan foam finger. I AM Houston’s ultimate fan! Go Texans!
Joslyn and Madelyn
10-year-old cousins, Joslyn and Madelyn, are looking forward to their 11th Season of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Having barely missed a night in the previous 10 seasons these girls love everything about the rodeo. On any given night during Houston’s run you will find these girls in their seats early watching the cowboys warm up their horses then waving to all of the riders and Howdy in the Grand Entry, enjoying each event throughout the night, keeping score, choosing favorites and of course getting autographs and taking photos in the Fan Zone. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone let alone a 10-year-old girl who has more knowledge and passion about the rodeo than these two.
Web Tilton has been a Houston Dynamo season ticket member since the club’s first year in 2006 and was recognized as the Dynamo’s Fan of the Game for Houston’s Western Conference Championship game last November. You can find Web every game, sitting in the front row of Section 228 waving a Dynamo flag.
Web not only goes to every Dynamo home game, he also travels to several of the team’s 17 away games every year. Last season, Tilton traveled to Arizona to watch the Dynamo in the annual Desert Diamond Cup preseason tournament, made it to every Dynamo home game (including regular season, postseason, the U.S. Open Cup and the Dynamo Charities Cup) and traveled to several regular season away games and both of the team’s road playoff games, in Portland and in Seattle.
If that weren’t enough, Tilton, a retired high school Spanish teacher, is a regular at Dynamo training sessions throughout the season, driving more than an hour each way to watch the team practice and strike up a conversation with players afterward in English or Spanish. Every team has die-hard fans, but you would be hard-pressed to find a fan of any team anywhere who gives more of his or her time to their favorite team, or who has more meaningful personal relationships with the players than Web Tilton does.
My nickname is Rocketgirl because I LOVE the Rockets, and I used to wear a homemade red spacesuit to Rockets games. This is my 10th season of going to every Rockets home game- standing and cheering the whole game with the Red Rowdies fan group, which I am a captain of. I’ve been making it to Rockets games even when I had my own commitments as a college basketball player, and I even commuted to Rockets games from College Station for 2 years! My passion for Houston sports isn’t limited to the Rockets. You can find me at many Astros, Texans, and Dynamo games cheering on our hometown teams! Attending 7 of the 9 Astros playoff games in 2017 was one of my greatest Houston sports memories. I was probably 1 of 2 people who went to the start of Rockets Opening Night and sprinted to Minute Maid Park for the remainder of ALCS game 7 that started at the same time. It was so important for me to be there for both teams! Aside from yelling and being in attendance at games, I love to show my support for the H-Town teams with my custom, vintage, and sometimes over-the-top outfits!
She’s been coming to Astros games with her older sister since the early 1970s. She’d ridden high with the team when it made its lone World Series appearance a decade ago and stuck with it through a lot of losing years. Rios, 68, has been to every opening day since 1998. Rios, who skipped her latest round of chemo on Friday to ensure she would be well enough to attend the game, smiled as the grounds crew began to clear the batting cage and other equipment from the field.
Houston native, rap, and grillz king Paul Wall is a fan of every Houston sports team. In 2017, Paul stepped up his Astros fandom by offering grillz to the entire Astros team for making it to the World Series. After the World Series victory, Paul released a song called “World Series Grillz” featuring other Houston rappers Lil’ Keke and Z-Ro.
Houston Astros fan Carson Riley caught the Carlos Correa homer during Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. Carson’s older brother, Cade, died a month ago in an ATV accident near the family’s home in Liberty Hill, which is about three hours from Houston. The family wasn’t planning to attend the game but took the trip to Houston to take their minds off the sadness at home. And everything that led up to and including the catch of Correa’s home run is a remarkable story.
The Ultimate Texan
I remember the day the name of the team came out. I thought this is going to be a team to watch, and that is what did for a few years. But in 2008 when the chance to be a season ticket holder came around we took it. Shortly after that, the Ultimate fan came about. I have not missed a home game or preseason game since that time. I sit in what some people might call the visitor’s side. Section 132 Row 1 seat A. Right at the very corner of the visitor’s tunnel. I do this for a couple reasons. One is so that even in the visitor’s section the Texans are being cheered on the victory. Another is so that the first thing the opposing team sees is me and I will be there all day repping my team. It is not all about the game it’s about the cheerleaders, Toro, ambassadors, tailgating, Charity, sportsmanship, and camaraderie. I have enjoyed every year for the past 5 years being a guest judge for the next up and coming to Houston Texan Cheerleader at the yearly cheerleader tryouts. Hanging out with Toro at the games is always cool. Toro and i are a lot alike we cheer until the scoreboard hits 00:00 Tailgating is some of the best times you will have at NRG stadium. For a few seasons, I helped run a tailgate called Steel Bull Tailgaters that was a great way to meet and spend time with fellow fans and fans from around the world. You can find me around the stadium before games taking pictures with the little fans. The fun doesn’t stop at NRG stadium. I have been involved with and help the Marfan Foundation ever since my son was diagnosed with Marfan when he was only 4 years old. 2018 will be the third year for our Walk to Victory here in Houston. It helps raise awareness for Marfan and the money goes to help Marfan community. I also enjoy spending my free time with the kids at the Ronald Mc Donald house, Texas Children”s Hospital with many of the charitable organizations like GO gold NFL and MLB and PFUFA Weather its serving food. Listening to the kids day or putting smiles on faces. See for me its not just a game it’s an Ultimate lifestyle. Go Texans
Sarah and Kirk Head
Sarah Head caught Yaseil Puig’s 9th inning home run in Game 5 of the World Series vs. the LA Dodgers. Sarah grabbed the ball and immediately started to celebrate. During the celebration, her brother-in-law Kirk reached over, took it from her hands and threw it back on the field. Sarah was mad only because she didn’t get to throw it back herself. Sarah said she knew he was going to take it and throw it back. Her brother in law, Kirk Head, was initially turned into a villain on the internet. His defense? “[Expletive] the Dodgers.”
I represented the Astros in the 2009 MLB All-Star Game in St Louis. I was chosen to be on a film with our former five living Presidents of the United States. That film is now in all the Presidential libraries. In 2010, the Astros chose me as their Hometown Hero. That same year I won the Mayor’s Disability Award, junior advocate. I am a two-time runner-up in the Houston Texans Ultimate Fan Contest. This is my fifth year as a Houston Rockets Red Rowdy. I have been a Rocket’s fan since I was three and the organization chose me as their Super Fan. The NBA came out to film me.
I have been going to the Shell Houston Open which is now the Houston Open and the Insperity for fifteen years. I have gotten to know all the golfers and was in the Lee Trevino documentary. I am also the Ambassador for Skechers Performance, sports division.
In 2008 I started The Gary J. Lynn Foundation, a 501 c3 non-profit raising and donating $15,000.00 for cerebral palsy research and $30,000.00 to TIRR Memorial Hermann’s robotic floor to help immobile people. I am a patient there as well. For the holiday season my family and I volunteer at George Brown Convention Center helping to feed the poor and homeless. We are very involved in giving back to our community.
I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa at Lone Star and will continue my education either at the U of H or Rice hopefully going into an area of sports and helping the disabled.
Now that you know who is up for the award. Please vote below and help the selection committee know who should be the Houston Sports Awards Fan Of The Year! Voting totals will be a percentage taken into account when determining who the three finalists and winner will be. Voting ends on January 12th.