It appears that J.J. Watt, the Texans' player known for doing some incredible off-the-field acts, has inspired a new generation of fans performing good deeds.

According to KHOU-TV, 9-year-old Kanye Ortiz was thrilled to get an autograph from Watt when he visited Texans camp earlier this month. But then he noticed another fan, who was in a wheelchair.

Ortiz turned to his mom and said he wanted to give away his recently acquired most prized possession: A Watt-autographed football.

"You know, I was shocked because he has been wanting that forever, and then for him—it’s something valuable—to be okay with giving it up, to make someone else happy, you know, so that was a really proud moment. I was in tears,” she told KHOU.

The fan that caught Ortiz's eye was 15-year-old Zuriel Sanchez, who suffers from spina bifida.

“It was a really nice gesture because not everyone does that often,” Zuriel’s sister told the TV station. “You don’t ever see someone and just hand them something, you know.”

Watt's mother told the TV station a special surprise was heading to Ortiz after hearing about the gesture.

You can watch the whole report here and then hopefully be inspired to do a good deed of your own.

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Starling Marte, the Pirates outfielder, is stuck on the DL with a hand injury but got a little bit of a pick-me-up on Thursday. A young fan presented him with an adorably drawn picture with "Get Well Soon" written in crayon. Marte, as the video below shows, liked it so much he hung it in the dugout.

Which is probably the coolest thing to ever happen for a young fan.

Sadly for the boy, the Pirates fell to the Brewers 4-0.

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Royce White may not have played in a regular-season game for the Rockets, the team that made him the 16th overall pick of the 2012 NBA draft, but he's made sure to leave his mark on Houston before heading to his next destination.

White, who was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason, announced a partnership between his non-profit organization, Anxious Mind's Inc., and the Bee Busy Wellness Center in Houston to create the Royce White Institute of Mental Health.

“When I met Royce White a couple of years ago, I knew we would do something special like this,” Bee Busy CEO Normal Mitchell told the Houston Chronicle. “I think it will be a great thing for this community.”

White's own anxiety disorder was at the foundation of his disputes with the Rockets, and last season he did not appear in a game for them. He was assigned to the team's Development League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Last month White was shipped to Philadelphia for a second-round pick.

The 22-year-old White told the Houston Chronicle that he thinks every city should have a center where free mental healthcare is offered.

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Julie Anne Kuster's daughters chose a great time to go grocery shopping.

Kuster, who lives in Buffalo, wrote an email to a local television station saying that her daughters were standing in line at Walmart when a man offered to pay for their entire order.

Here's how the scene unfolded:

"He told them someone blessed him and now wanted to bless them. He paid for all of their groceries worth over $100! The cashier finally told them who he was and they were completely ecstatic!! So nice to see them giving back to the community I have always been a Bills fan but he just gained two new groupies !! THANK YOU STEVIE JOHNSON !!!"

Sure enough, the Bills' wide receiver had tweeted his charitable intentions minutes earlier:

This isn't the first time Johnson has randomly paid for some merchandise at Walmart. In December he paid for a couple's brand new Vizio HDTV.

Johnson, 27, signed a five year, $36.5 million deal with the Bills in 2012, so he's certainly got the means to help others out. It's nice and more than a little refreshing to see him so interested in giving back to the community.

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For Conner Stroud, an inspirational young tennis player who was born without hips or legs, this summer's U.S. Open may be one to remember.

The North Carolina native spent some time with one of his tennis heroes, Rafael Nadal, on Tuesday at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"The most important thing is that he's happy," Nadal told the Associated Press. "He's able to keep practicing the sport. He's playing tennis. That's great for him, for the family. That's a great example that you can be happy even if life doesn't give you everything. It's a big example for me and should be a big example for a lot of people."

Stroud, who was born with a birth defect called Bilateral Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency that left him without hips, ankles, femurs or knees, began accompanying his parents to the Peach Tree Racquet Club in Forest City, N.C., at a young age. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, according to a recent profile of him on, he decided to pick up a racquet and try it out. Since then, he's hit against some of the game's biggest stars as well as competing against kids his own age.

"We were at the tennis club just about every day, so it was either just sit there or start playing," his mom, Rita, told the website in July. "He’s always loved it and genuinely enjoys it more than any other kid I’ve ever worked with."

According to the U.S. Open's official website, Nadal asked Stroud what he thought of his play and spent a few minutes chatting with him.

“It was awesome to finally see him play; he hits much faster than you think on TV,” Stroud told the website. “He plays with a western forehand grip and so do I. He’s very nice on court and he just is so nice.”

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Because they share the same stadium, it's not shocking that the Jets-Giants preseason game this weekend is a little bigger than most. It's been renamed the MetLife Bowl and has a Snoopy trophy for bragging rights -- a sponsorship deal that has also set off a curious and hilarious social media campaign involving Giants punter Steve Weatherford.

"It's just really kind of creating a little bit of awareness of what we're playing for, what's at stake," he told ThePostGame, as the Snoopy trophy sat next to him in the car. "A lot of people don’t know this is the MetLife Bowl. I’m just trying to educate people and get everyone excited about the game this week the fact there's something tangible on the line."

Bragging rights for New York, of course, are worth more than a trophy, but these videos and photos are pretty amusing:

Weatherford, who played two seasons with the Jets before joining the Giants in 2011, said he's taken the Snoopy statue throughout his everyday life.

"I mean anything I do on a typical day," he said of Snoopy's travels. "I probably took 50 pictures with him … anywhere I thought the fans would enjoy I have a ton more pictures but I didn't want to burn everyone out."

Weatherford said he usually uses his social media to spread positive messages, fitness tips and more to his more than 63,000 Twitter followers. He's also incredibly active in charities -- in this campaign, for each mention of the #Road2MetLifeStadium hashtag the MetLife Foundation will donate $25 to either the Jets or Giants charity.

"I'm not going to be a pro athlete forever and right now people do care about my opinion and care what I think," he said. "So I’m trying to utilize this brief time in my life to do as much as I can."

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Dennis Haysbert was blown away.

Haysbert, an actor perhaps best known as Allstate's baritone spokesman, was recently filming a Smithsonian TV show called Civil War 360. As one of the show's hosts, Haysbert had the opportunity to speak with museum curators across the country, pore through countless artifacts and read up on the war that nearly ended the United States as we know it.

"It was very, very compelling to me," Haysbert told ThePostGame of the experience. "I truly believe it’s changed my life."

Haysbert said one artifact in particular stood out to him. It is a bloodstained map which is thought to have belonged to David Hoyt, a Kansas abolitionist. Hoyt was in Kansas in 1856 when he was shot from behind by a crew of pro-slavery men near Fort Saunders.

Hoyt was carrying a map with him when he was killed, and the bloodstained drawing was later brought to the Northeast, where it was seen as a symbol of just how violent the slavery struggle had become.

"It just sort of hit me that there were so many people of so many different colors and religions and creeds that were fighting to free my ancestors," said Haysbert, who also had memorable roles in the 24 TV series and the Major League movie.

Haybsert said he was also struck by a wallet-sized card version of the Emancipation Proclamation that Union soldiers had in their backpacks as they marched south. Only one of these cards has been found, and it is currently housed in the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum in Washington, D.C.

Fittingly, the Anacostia Community Museum is the beneficiary of this weekend's second Annual Dennis Haysbert Humanitarian Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Allstate. The tournament takes place Aug. 26 at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, Calif.

"It’s just my vehicle to help raise money," Haysbert, an avid golfer who has his own line of golf apparel, said of his charity tournament. "It just sort of enhances my partnership with [Allstate]. And also gives people the opportunity to have a good time playing golf for a great time."


For a Q&A with Dennis Haysbert, see here.

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In an inspiring story that was shown on ESPN over the weekend, the Seattle Seahawks signed perhaps their most valuable player: Kevin Lee, a 12-year-old with a heart condition that limits his ability to play contact sports.

Lee, who got a VIP trip to the Seahawks' training camp through the Make-A-Wish foundation, inked a five-year deal with the team.

The press conference, shown below, is perhaps the best part of the show (you can see the whole segment here).

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When asked by a reporter what if he likes the contract, Lee quickly responds: "Sort of. I'd like six years."

"I tell you one thing, one thing," he adds. "There will be a Super Bowl this year."

Lee, who lives in Michigan, also met his favorite player, Russell Wilson, and got to chat with some of the team's players about the game. He also joined in for practice and at the end of the day showed off his amazing touchdown dance.

"They told Kevin, when he was thinking of his wish, to really reach for the stars and he did," his mother, Dawn Lee, told Farmington Hills "They gave him what he asked for and more than he could have ever conceived. We are truly grateful for this once in a lifetime experience!”

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Jason Dufner has big plans for the acorns he collected from Oak Hill Country Club during his PGA Championship win last week in Rochester, N.Y.

Not only does Dufner want to grow oaks on his property, he would also like to use the acorns to give back to his alma mater, Auburn. And as many sports fans know, Auburn could sure use some new trees.

The oak trees at Auburn's famous Toomer's Corner were poisoned by Alabama fan Harvey Updyke Jr. two years ago and had to be removed in April.

Cue Dufner and his acorns. Dufner says it would be cool if the acorns that he collected were one day oak trees at Toomer's Corner.

"That would be nice, if they're up to it. It's an idea," Dufner said. "I know we've got some time before we can actually plant something in that area, but I think that would be pretty cool. But that's probably pretty selfish on my part, too. Maybe it'll be an option."

(H/T to For The Win)

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American runner Nick Symmonds dedicated his silver medal in the 800 meters at the World Championships in Moscow to his gay and lesbian friends, a move many have interpreted as a bold protest against Russia's new homophobic laws.

"As much as I can speak out about it, I believe that all humans deserve equality as however God made them," he told Russian news service R Sport. "Whether you're gay, straight, black, white, we all deserve the same rights. If there's anything I can do to champion the cause and further it, I will, shy of getting arrested."

With the words, considered especially daring because he said them while in the country, Symmonds joined a group of athletes, former athletes and politicians who have expressed concerns about Russia's new laws, heading into the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

In a blog posted last week on the Runner's World website, Symmonds said he would refrain from talking about the laws during his time there. "These laws, which do not expressly prohibit being homosexual, criminalize public discussion of homosexuality, especially with foreigners. As an American, I believe in freedom of speech and equality for all, and therefore disagree with the laws that Russia has put in place. Given that I am currently residing in London, I will say, once again, that our LGBT neighbors deserve all the same rights as the rest of us. However, as an American who is about to reside in Moscow for 12 days, this will be the last time I will mention this subject."

"If I am placed in a race with a Russian athlete, I will shake his hand, thank him for his country's generous hospitality, and then, after kicking his ass in the race, silently dedicate the win to my gay and lesbian friends back home," he later added in the post. "Upon my return, I will then continue to fight for their rights in my beloved democratic union."

Symmonds, who has posed for a NOH8 campaign, also said after the race, "I respect Russians' ability to govern their people. I disagree with their laws. I do have respect for this nation. I disagree with their rules."

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