HOUSTON, TX — Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane and Houston Mayor Annise Parker will lead a groundbreaking ceremony for the Community Leaders program at Diez Park on Tuesday, October 23 at 10:30 a.m.
The Houston Astros and the City of Houston have collaborated with Houston-based corporations on the Community Leaders program, which will build or refurbish youth baseball and softball fields in disadvantaged neighborhoods throughout the city. The companies that have currently committed to this program are National Oilwell Varco, Halliburton, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Calpine Corporation, Champion Energy Services, Schlumberger and Nabors Industries. The Astros plan to have 12 corporate partners in the Community Leaders Program, which will ultimately contribute $18.0 million to the City of Houston over the next five years.
Former Astros Jose Cruz and Jimmy Wynn will also participate in the ceremony along with Houston Parks and Recreation Director Joe Turner. The ceremony will also include local city council members and representatives from each of the corporations participating in the Community Leaders program.
Crane personally developed the Community Leaders program, which offers corporations the opportunity to partner with the Astros and the Astros In Action Foundation to become part of a team that will improve several city neighborhoods through the game of baseball.
“Baseball was very important to my own development,” said Crane. “Playing baseball made me a lot more confident and comfortable in my ability to achieve things. I’d like to be able to help more kids get the opportunity I had through baseball.”
“The Astros’ Community Leaders program is providing a tremendous service to Houston’s young people at no cost to our taxpayers,” said Mayor Parker. “As a former softball player, I know this program will be successful in encouraging young people to play, and I applaud the Astros and the corporations participating in this program for their community spirit and generosity. We are proud to partner with the Houston Astros to help some of our parks in disadvantaged neighborhoods.”
The address for Diez Park: 1818 Dumble St., Houston, Texas 77023.