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ASTROS, BASEBALL TOMORROW FUND, ACADEMY SPORTS + OUTDOORS TO HOST EQUIPMENT DRIVE, SUNDAY

WHO:
Astros outfielder, J.D. Martinez
Houston Astros
Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF)
Academy Sports + Outdoors
Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD)

WHAT:
The Houston Astros are teaming up with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and Academy Sports + Outdoors to host an equipment drive benefiting the Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s (HPARD) free youth baseball and softball programs.

Academy Sports + Outdoors has already donated over 200 new baseball gloves. Volunteers will collect new or gently used gloves, bats, tees, helmets, baseballs and softballs from fans at ballpark entrance gates. All donated equipment will be given to HPARD.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund will award a grant of $5,000 to HPARD for the purchase of new equipment. The grant will be given in the name of Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez for his commitment to youth baseball and softball during a pregame ceremony on Sunday.

WHEN:
Sunday, May 20
10:15 a.m. – second inning

WHERE:
Minute Maid Park
Clock Tower, Right Field, South Home Plate, Union Station Atrium entrances

About the Baseball Tomorrow Fund
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses. Since its formation by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in 1999, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund has awarded approximately 525 grants totaling more than $19 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Approximately 220,000 youth players have benefited from programs and facilities supported by the fund.

-ASTROS-

Contact:
Astros Media Relations
713-259-8900

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