One of Houston’s Hurricane Harvey heroes is slated to receive an unlikely reward for his post-hurricane efforts.
Baylor College of Medicine announced Thursday that it would award Texans defensive end J.J. Watt an honorary doctorate. His honorary degree will be Doctor of Humanities in Medicine.
Houston Emergency Medical Services Director Dr. David Persse will also receive an honorary doctorate for his role following Hurricane Harvey.
“In the year following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and the community’s incredible response, it was most fitting to honor two community leaders who contributed in major ways, Dr. Persse and J.J. Watt. Our graduates and their families can take important lessons from all four of these honorary degree recipients,” said Baylor president, CEO, and executive dean Dr. Paul Klotman in a press release.
The school chose to honor Watt because of his efforts to aid the Houston area in recovering from Hurricane Harvey. After the storm, Watt raised more than $37 million in relief funds.
Watt distributed those funds to those in need with the help of four nonprofit organizations.
Watt tweeted in response to the announcement that he is honored, saying, “Our work is far from over.”
The commencement ceremony is scheduled for May 29th at Jones Hall for the Performing Arts.
Houston loves you, J.J.!