Jennifer Holliday And Ruben Studdard To Perform At The 2012 Urban Invitational

Grammy and Tony Award-winning artist Jennifer Holliday and American Idol Season 2
winner and Grammy-nominated artist Ruben Studdard will both perform at the 2012
Urban Invitational on Saturday, February 18th at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston
Astros. Their performances, and the tournament games that will follow, will air LIVE on MLB
Network and MLB.com.
Studdard, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) alumnus at Alabama A&M
University, will sing the National Anthem before the first pitch of Saturday’s matchup at
3:00 p.m. Central. Holliday, a Houston, Texas native and HBCU alumnus at Texas Southern
University, will perform “America the Beautiful” before the final game of the day, which is
scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Central.
Among the Urban Invitational’s activities, MLB and the Astros will host a “battle of the
bands” competition between Texas Southern’s “Ocean of Soul” and Prairie View A&M
University’s “Marching Storm.” The performances are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. CT, also at
Minute Maid Park.
The Urban Invitational is the annual round-robin collegiate baseball tournament designed to
give HBCUs and their baseball programs national exposure. The 2012 tournament will
feature five HBCUs: Alabama State University, Grambling State University, Southern
University, Prairie View A&M University, and Texas Southern University. NCAA Division-I
school University of California, Irvine will also participate in the Urban Invitational.
Tickets to the games and events at Minute Maid Park will be available to the general public
for $5.00, and parking for Minute Maid Park is also available for $5.00. There is also a
special ticket package available for $10.00, which will allow access to the ballpark and
provide a concession voucher for a hot dog and soda. High school students and below with
a valid student ID will be admitted to the ballpark for free. Fans can purchase tickets at
Astros.com/community.
The tournament, which will be held in Houston for the first time in its five-year history, will
also host games at the Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy at Sylvester Turner Park
on Friday, February 17th and Sunday, February 19th. Access to games at Sylvester Turner
Park will be available on game day for a suggested $5.00 donation. Children 12 and under
and any student 18 and under with a valid student ID, will be admitted free of charge. All
proceeds from the ticket donations at the Academy will benefit the Major League Baseball
Urban Youth Foundation, which is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation.
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Contact: Steve Arocho or Ariel Williams, MLB, (212) 931-7878, twitter.com/MLB_PR
Steve Grande, Houston Astros, (713) 259-8990, sgrande@astros.com