East Side Youth

Services &

Street Outreach

Thomas Henderson Donations for Youth

What we do
Who we are
To ensure a lifetime of positive activity, we educate each child about the importance of maintaining their health. They'll leave our field with a bevy of information, tips, and tricks that'll keep them on the right path to a healthy life.

​Our back story

In 1992, Thomas Henderson moved back to his hometown of Austin, Texas. After everything that occurred, including the NFL, he wondered what there was that he could do to give back to his community. He had already started scholarships and helped his family immensely, but felt that there was more that could be done. Carrying this proposition in his mind at all times, led him to a beautiful conclusion. As he was driving passed his old High School football field, he saw that it had not been seen to in years. It had become a parking lot, asphalt all over, dead trees left covering the place where his story and love for the game illuminated. There were even children playing football on a baseball field, that's when enough was enough. The following day, Thomas took action, this was something he was truly passionate about. He met with the District, "Can I fix this" and "yes" are words that started this foundation. A 501C3 was made later that evening. With the generous donation of $40,000 from UT Legend Darrell Royal the materials were purchased. Family, friends, volunteers all came out to clear out that "lot", shredding asphalt, laying grass, placing goal posts, even a score board was installed. The love that was put into that field is astonishing, there was never once a pay roll, just good people doing good. The field was mainly used for Pop Warner Little Leagues, where they could fulfill their love of the game as well. In 1999, the idea of "We need a track" surfaced. That following October, former Dallas Cowboy Thomas Hollywood Henderson, fasted at the attempt to raise $200,000 to cover the cost for a new track for the children of ESYSSO. At his very own disbelief, he blew his goal out of the water, by raising $300,000. They built that track, and the Austin youth have been chasing their dreams on it ever since. 

 We have good and bad news for ESYSSO,

The bad - The track is torn up 
The good - The track is torn up

As the track and field have been used at popular demand by our Austin Youth, we now are at need of updated equipment. We ask that you take on this journey with us, and bring the youth off the streets and onto our field.

We are a non-profit organization that strives to bring health, fitness, and motivation to young individuals in the East-Austin, Texas area. We dedicate our time to develop their health, wellness, and core values, that include respect, honesty, and responsibility.
"If you fall, fall on your back. If you can look up, you can get up."

It's never too early (or late) to set good  habits in motion. These, combined with motivation and fun, can ensure a lifetime of smiles and knowledge. Our mission is to promote and fund programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all youth.