Heart of Houston


It was with much pride that Jeremiah Castille and Jeremiah Castille Foundation recognizes a youth in our state each year that exemplifies the “Heart of Houston”.  The “Heart of Houston”, named after Houston Trailkill, is awarded to a youth in grades 6 – 8 that through adversity and challenges remains faithful to his beliefs, displays high character traits, is a positive role model to his peers, has compassion for mankind and is an inspiration to others.

February 14, 2008, Houston and his family lost everything they owned when their home burned.  Houston was a leader among his peers, President of Warriors for Christ, a strength to his family and disabled brother and admired by his teachers.  When asked by a family member what he missed most from the loss of his home and possessions, he said, “My Bible autographed by Jeremiah Castille when I was seven.”  From this tragedy, Houston triumphed and never lost faith.  He was named the first recipient of “Heart of Houston”.  Today Houston’s family has a new home and feels extremely blessed to have overcome the adversity they faced and the blessings they received through this experience.  Houston’s thoughts are exemplified in this quote after the award ceremony, “I loved that day and I decided to pray when it was over with thanking God for people like them and how awesome God is to send great Godly men like the Castille’s out to minister to people like me and others. I owe everything to God and thank him for answered prayers every day.” Houston became an Eagle Scout this year and was recently named the Cullman County VFW Scout of the Year. Houston will attend the University of Alabama in the fall of 2012 as engineering major.


houston Houston in Scout Uniform 2012 State Track Meet 2

The recipient of the “Heart of Houston” award receives the following:

  • $1,000 scholarship to an accredited college of his choice
  • Sports Memorabilia
  • Jeremiah personally recognizes the winner in a school program at the winner’s school.