Scotts®, Major League Baseball, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and the Houston Astros are celebrating the opening of a newly refurbished ballfield for the Morefield Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston tomorrow, July 6.
The new field will be unveiled at a special dedication ceremony tomorrow morning with Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation COOKevin Bingham, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston President and CEO Kevin Hattery and Astros Foundation and Community Relations Executive Director Twila Carter. Following the ceremony, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation will lead a baseball clinic on the new field for 50 young athletes from the Boys & Girls Clubs.
The effort is part of Scotts®' It's Good Out Here™ Field Refurbishment program, a partnership between Scotts® and MLB to give back to youth and communities by renovating youth ball fields around the country over the next three years.
"These field refurbishments are just one way we can give back to youth and communities across the country," said Josh Peoples, Vice President and General Manager of Scotts. "Encouraging fans and family to get outside and enjoy activities like baseball is what this program is all about."
Tomorrow evening, representatives from the Boys & Girls Clubs will be recognized on the field of Minute Maid Park during a pregame ceremony celebrating the opening of the new field prior to the 7:10 p.m. contest between the Astros and the Seattle Mariners. The Astros will host 50 members of the Morefield Boys & Girls Clubs for that night's game.
"The Astros Foundation is proud to work with Scotts®, Major League Baseball and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and to open this new ballfield," said Twila Carter. "Making baseball and softball accessible to underprivileged youth is a big part of what we do at the Astros Foundation and with our Community Leaders program, and we couldn't be happier to have a newly renovated ballpark available to young Houston athletes."
ABOUT SCOTTS® IT'S GOOD OUT HERE™ FIELD REFURBISHMENT PROGRAM:
The It's Good Out Here™ Field Refurbishment Program is one of the key programs under MLB's PLAY BALL initiative, which began last season to encourage widespread participation in all forms of baseball and softball activities, especially among youth. Scotts® is a proud supporter of PLAY BALL and also the title sponsor of Scotts® MLB Pitch, Hit and Run - MLB's largest national youth skills competition.
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ABOUT THE ASTROS FOUNDATION:
The Astros Foundation is the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros. The Astros Foundation seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans in Houston and surrounding areas to support our cornerstone charitable programs, including Community Leaders, the Astros Urban Youth Academy and the Astros RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) league. Our strategic focus is youth baseball and softball programs serving at-risk youth. The Astros Foundation welcomes volunteers and tax deductible donations, which can be made in honor or in memory of loved ones, as well as corporate donations or matching gifts. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/foundation.