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Carnival kicks off Houston Texans partnership with water slide race for charity

Carnival kicks off Houston Texans partnership with water slide race for charity
Under a new multi-year partnership with the Houston Texans, Carnival Cruise Line becomes the official cruise line of the NFL franchise. Carnival is the largest cruise operator in Texas.

To kick off the partnership and the arrival of Galveston's newest ship, Carnival and the Houston Texans are hosting a water slide race for charity on May 8, Mother's Day, when Carnival Breeze makes its Texas debut.

In the 'Mom’s Dash to the Splash' event, Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and linebacker Brian Cushing will lead two teams of Texas moms selected via an online contest.  The five-member teams will race on Carnival Breeze’s 312-foot-long Twister slide and DrainPipe slide. Hopkins will be competing for the Houston Food Bank and Cushing for the Brian Cushing Foundation, with the winning team earning $10,000 and the runner-up $5,000 for their respective charity. 

'Mom’s Dash to the Splash' will kick off with a pre-race pep rally with appearances by the Houston Texans cheerleaders and the Deep Steel Thunder Band.

Moms who want be a part of #MomsDashSplash can enter a contest at that runs through April 25.

To enter, contestants tell in up to 250 words why their mom (or they themselves) deserve the opportunity to be a member of Team Hopkins or Team Cushing. Eight moms will be selected by a team of judges based on their entry’s creativity and originality.  Contest winners will be treated to a Mother’s Day brunch on board Carnival Breeze before the water slide race and get a chance to win a free Carnival Breeze cruise for two.

The winning race team will also receive an MVP Game Day package to an upcoming Houston Texans home game.

Carnival has year-round ships in Galveston carrying more than 650,000 passengers annually. In addition to Carnival Breeze, which launches seven-day service May 8, Carnival Liberty and Carnival Freedom offer four- to seven-day voyages visiting ports in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Mexico.