I met and photographed the Crafts in early September for a story for the Houston Chronicle on their philanthropy. They've decided to leave a total of $20 million to two Houston based organizations: The Houston Food Bank and The Institute for Spirituality and Health - Texas Medical Center. Read more about it here. These very nice people even let me leave the double front doors of their well air conditioned home wide open for the sake of good light. Shout out to the Crafts!
Pastor Verrett and his family came to Houston in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He now leads a congregation of more than 100 New Orleans transplants at Houston's Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. The church is actually on Irvington Blvd. but gets it's name from its original New Orleans home, where many of the new Houstonians used to attend services.
Back in August, I got the opportunity to travel to Guatemala to photograph the goings on of a basketball program called Hoops Sagrado. Every summer, a group of teenagers from Washington DC head to Guatemala for a month to play hoops, run basketball camps, learn Spanish and experience the culture. Naturally, I had a blast because anything related to the game is near the top of the list of my favorite things to do. Big shout to Bryan Weaver, Mindy Moretti and the homey Phelps for getting me to Xela.
The Rice Owls kicked off their football season with a 56-16 win against the Wagner Seahawks from New York last week in Houston. 18,296 fans were witness to the Owls first victory this season in Rice Stadium, the home of Super Bowl VIII. But as the heat sweltered and the gap between the teams' scores widened, Owl fandom became less visible. This Saturday, Rice takes on the once mighty Texans Longhorns in a game that they actually might win.