Tilman Fertitta Rumors
More than 300 members of Santa Fe’s senior class along with first responders attended the game as guests of Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta, a fellow Galveston County native. Fertitta said the group was given a police escort to the game with more than 20 different law enforcement agencies represented.
The Rockets wore a gray ribbon with “Santa Fe HS” in green and gold, the school’s colors, on the left shoulder of their jerseys. Fertitta, his family and Rockets CEO Tad Brown wore green Santa Fe T-shirts. Santa Fe principal Rachel Blundell attempted the First Shot, a tradition Fertitta started this season in which a celebrity attempts a free throw before the game. Fertitta usually donates $5,000 to that person’s charity of choice for a make and $1,000 for a miss, but he committed to giving the larger total to the Santa Fe Strong Memorial Fund regardless of the free throw’s result.
Ben Golliver: Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta honors victims of Santa Fe High School shooting with “Santa Fe Strong” t-shirt for Game 5 vs. Warriors.
The Houston Rockets are planning a pregame tribute to honor the victims of last week’s Santa Fe High School shooting ahead of Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors, the team confirmed. Plans are still being worked out in coordination with the NBA, but Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta plans to invite the high school’s seniors and administrators on the court for a video tribute in addition to providing tickets, food and transportation to Thursday’s game.
“We’re going to bring all the seniors out on the court and recognize them,” Fertitta told reporters ahead of Game 4. “There’s going to be a tribute video to the deceased, and we’re going to bring some of the first responders out. Just make it a special night. We’re bringing them up on buses, police escort and we’ll feed them. Just show them a good time Thursday night. Just want them to have a good time just like the rest of us.”
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta and the organization working on plans to honor the victims, community personnel and first responders impacted by the shooting at Santa Fe High School during Game 5 on Thursday, source said, pending completion of plans and league approval.