Astros players and broadcasters will speak to students during the Astros Whataburger Fielder's Choice school assembly at four local schools on Monday, May 7.
Area schools were invited to participate in the Astros Whataburger Fielder's Choice Program by submitting student essays discussing the topic of making good choices. The Astros received almost 2,000 essays from 25 schools. Four students were selected as winners. The 2012 Fielder's Choice winners are seventh-grader Asya B. (Holub Middle School - Alief ISD); sixth-grader Eve B. (Escamilla Intermediate School- Aldine ISD); second-grader Jennivie B. (Parker Elementary School - Houston ISD) and fourth-grader Julianna Z. (Lawhon Elementary School - Pearland ISD).
The assembly is based on baseball's fielder's choice play defined as the act of a fielder who handles a fair grounder and instead of throwing to first base to put out the batter, throws to another base in an attempt to put out a preceding runner. Just as fielders on a baseball diamond have a choice in executing a play, kids are also faced with their own challenges every day. Astros players David Carpenter, Jed Lowrie, Fernando Rodriguez, and Chris Snyder will address how to deal with tough decisions.
This season is the sixth year that Whataburger has teamed up with the Astros to present the Fielder's Choice Program.
"Whataburger is honored to partner once again with the Astros to present this program to Houston schools," said Regional Director of Operations Mark Brown. "Encouraging kids to make the right choices is important and this essay contest really helps to reinforce that message. We congratulate and thank the four students who won for their participation."
In addition to the player visit, the four winning students will be recognized in an on-field, ceremony before the Astros-Marlins 7:05 p.m. game. Students attending the school assemblies will also receive a special certificate of participation and coupon from Whataburger.
School Visit Details
*Player participation subject to change
JED LOWRIE AND FRANCISCO ROMERO - 10:30 a.m.
Escamilla Intermediate School
5241 E. Mt. Houston
Houston, TX 77093
School Contact: Ann Starks, 281-985-6390
Astros Contact: Shane Hildreth, 713-705-3363
DAVID CARPENTER AND BRETT DOLAN - 10:30 a.m.
Holub Middle School
9515 S. Dairy Ashford
Houston, TX 77099
School Contact: Shelba Glenn, 281-983-8440
Astros Contact: Shawn Bertani, 314-249-0704
FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ AND DAVE RAYMOND - 1:00 p.m.
Lawhon Elementary School
5810 Brookside Rd.
Pearland, TX 77581
School Contact: Renea Ivey, 281-485-3203
Astros Contacts: Lacey Clayton, 832.641.5490/Maureen Wade, 713-985-9478
CHRIS SNYDER AND JIM DESHAIES - 1:00 p.m.
Parker Elementary School
Houston, TX 77096
School Contact: Drew Houlihan, 713-376-4197
Astros Contact: Dairanetta Spain, 713-226-9180