HOUSTON, TX – Throughout the Astros 50th anniversary season, the team is connecting with fans through various programs and events. Highlights from this homestand include:
MAY 4: PINK IN THE PARK
The Astros In Action Foundation’s Pink In The Park Brunch and Bazaar will be held in Union Station at Minute Maid Park to raise funds for the Methodist Cancer Center.
Astros players and their wives will attend the brunch and bazaar and Astros In Action Foundation board member Shawn A. Taylor is serving as event chair. The Pink In The Park brunch program will feature a Talking Pink panel discussion with Sara Lyon, wife of Astros pitcher Brandon Lyon, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor. Joining Sara on the panel will be Dr. Angel Augusto Rodriguez, director of the Methodist Triple Negative Breast Cancer Clinic and breast cancer survivors Roberta Schwartz, executive vice president for The Methodist Hospital and Maryanne McCormack, founder of Visible Changes.
The brunch begins at 12:30 p.m. and the bazaar, featuring numerous local boutiques and unique fashion designers, will be open from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
MAY 4: ON THE HOME FRONT
With the help of USO Houston, the Astros will welcome several military families with loved ones serving away from home to a special Astros experience that includes an on-field batting practice visit and tickets to the game one Friday each month. Each participant’s ticket is loaded with $15 that can be spent at most concession and retail stands at Minute Maid Park. Information about all the Astros military efforts is available at www.astros.com/militaryappreciation.
MAY 5: MEET YOUR ASTROS
The Houston Astros and Chevrolet are celebrating the Astros 50th anniversary with free autograph sessions this season at Houston Area Chevy Dealerships.
· J.D. Martinez: 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. at Mac Haik Chevrolet, 11711 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079
· David Carpenter: 12:30 p.m-1:30 p.m. at Knapp Chevrolet, 815 Houston Ave., Houston, TX 77007
MAY 5: UMPS CARE
Several children in foster care will be special guests of the umpires as part of UMPS CARE Charities. The kids will be given tickets to the game, enjoy a pregame meet and greet with the men in blue and be treated to a special goodie bag. UMPS CARE Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established by Major League Baseball umpires to provide financial, in-kind and emotional support for America’s youth and families in need.
MAY 6: HOME SWEET HOME
Each Sunday home game, the Astros host the Home Sweet Home program sponsored by Budweiser. This program welcomes a small group of active, recently returned military personnel and their guests to a special Astros experience that includes a player meet and greet. The group watches the game from a suite, catered with complimentary food and beverages, and is introduced to the crowd prior to the seventh inning singing of “God Bless America.” USO Houston coordinates the participating military members. Information about all the Astros military efforts is available at www.astros.com/militaryappreciation.
MAY 7: FIELDER’S CHOICE SCHOOL VISITS
Each year, the Astros and Whataburger invite area schools to participate in the Fielder’s Choice program by submitting students’ essays discussing the topic of making good choices. From the students’ entries, four schools are selected for a special visit. The 2012 Fielder’s Choice winning schools are Escamilla Intermediate School (Aldine ISD), Holub Middle School (Alief ISD), Lawhon Elementary School (Pearland ISD), and Parker Elementary School (Houston ISD).
As fielders on a baseball diamond have a choice in executing a play, kids must make a variety of their own choices every day. How to deal with these choices is what Astros players David Carpenter, Jed Lowrie, Fernando Rodriguez and Chris Snyder will address with students at the winning schools.
MAY 8: MEET YOUR ASTROS
Whataburger is celebrating the Astros 50th anniversary this season with four free autograph sessions at area restaurants. Each session will feature a current player along with an Astros former player. Left fielder J.D. Martinez and Astros legend Jose Cruz will meet fans and sign autographs from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at 6888 Gulf Freeway in Houston.
The appearances are part of the Whataburger “Ultimate Whatafan” promotion giving fans the chance to register to win the title of “Ultimate Whatafan.” The “Ultimate Whatafan” will win suite tickets, autographed jerseys and caps from the Astros, Oklahoma City RedHawks and Corpus Christi Hooks, an on-field batting practice visit and will participate in a pregame ceremony that includes throwing out a ceremonial pitch.
April 30-May 9: Astros In Action Foundation Online auction
With the start of each new homestand, the Astros In Action Foundation hosts an online auction featuring autographed memorabilia. Featured items in this homestand’s auction include an Astros outfield package – autographed baseballs from Brian Bogusevic, J.D. Martinez and Jordan Schafer – and an autographed bat from new Astros shortstop, Jed Lowrie. Bidding opens on Monday, April 30, at 12:01 a.m. CT and closes on Thursday, May 9, at 11:59 p.m. CT. To bid on items, visit www.astros.com/auctions. All items are authenticated and proceeds benefit the Astros In Action Foundation.
April 30-MAY 9: Community Clubhouse
The Astros Community Clubhouse is located on the main concourse behind section 107. This booth is a central location for many in-park community activities, including Astros In Action Foundation memorabilia auctions and Astros Buddies Kids Club membership registration. On select game days, the Community Clubhouse area also provides charities with an opportunity to make information available to fans about their cause.
· May 4 and 5: Astros In Action Foundation memorabilia auction
· April 30-May 9: Astros Buddies Kids Club registration, premium item pick-up and monthly rewards
APRIL 30-MAY 3 and 5, MAY 7-10 and 12: ASTROS URBAN YOUTH ACADEMY
The Houston Astros Urban Youth Academy (UYA) is conducting free baseball and softball instruction for all Astros UYA members. Hours of instruction are Monday – Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Jimmy Wynn Training Center and on Field No. 1. The UYA is located at Sylvester Turner Park, 2801 Victory, Houston, TX 77088. UYA membership is open to kids ages seven – 17. For more information, contact the Academy office at 281-260-9166 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOW – MAY 12: GRAND SLAM FOR YOUTH BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIPS
The Grand Slam for Youth Baseball Scholarship program assists Houston area high school senior boys and girls with college expenses. Through the program, Minute Maid and the Astros In Action Foundation fund and support individual $2,500 college scholarships each year. In 2011, a record 25 youth received scholarships and since the program’s inception, over $312,500 has been granted to students. Information and applications are available at www.astros.com/community. Applications must be postmarked by May 12, 2012.
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