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J.J. Watt raised sacks of money for Harvey efforts. Here’s how it will be spent.

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, right, talks with Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel after throwing out the first pitch April 29 in Houston. Watt will do so again Friday, this time for Game 3 of the World Series.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, right, talks with Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel after throwing out the first pitch April 29 in Houston. Watt will do so again Friday, this time for Game 3 of the World Series. Associated Press file

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from J.J. Watt. For that, he’s sorry.

“I didn’t anticipate breaking my leg, so that threw a bit of a wrench into things,” said the Houston Texans’ defensive end, who suffered the season-ending injury on Oct. 8 in a home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

On Thursday, Watt shared how he would distribute the more than $37 million he helped raise to go toward Hurricane Harvey efforts in the Houston area.

According to The Associated Press, Watt is holding onto $7 million that will be used as needed next year. The other $30 million will be divided between four nonprofit organizations:

▪ Americares, which will provide medical attention for physical and mental health.

▪ Feeding America, which will be responsible for distributing food to those in need.

▪ Save the Children, which will help with child-care centers and after-school programs.

▪ SBP, which will rebuild homes.

The millions he raised came through a crowdfunding page he started on Aug. 27, not long after Harvey caused major damage to Houston and surrounding areas. Not bad for a fundraiser in which the original goal was $200,000.

On another note, Watt, who’s still recovering from his broken leg, will throw out the first pitch Friday in Houston when the Astros host the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 3 of the World Series. The series is tied 1-1.

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