Astros in the Community, May 16-26

HOUSTON, TX – Throughout the Astros 50th anniversary season, the team is connecting with fans through various programs and events.  Highlights from this homestand include:

Astros Free Autograph Sessions – May 19:

-Larry Dierker: 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m., Ron Craft Chevrolet, 4114 I-10 East, Baytown, TX 77521

-Chris Johnson: 12:30 p.m-1:30 p.m., John Keating Chevrolet, 2110 Crosby Fwy., Crosby, TX 77532

-Jose Altuve: 1:00 pm.-2:00 p.m., Astros Team Store, Union Station at Minute Maid Park

Astros In Action Foundation Auctions: With the start of each new homestand, the Astros In Action Foundation hosts an online auction featuring autographed memorabilia. Bidding opened today at 12:01 a.m. CT and closes on Wednesday, May 23, at 11:59 p.m. CT. To bid on items, visit www.astros.com/auctions.

On May 18 and 19 at the Community Clubhouse located behind section 107, the Astros In Action Foundation will conduct a silent auction of autographed merchandise. Bidding starts when gates open and closes at the conclusion of the fifth inning.

Astros In Action Foundation Race for the Pennant: The Astros In Action Foundation’s Race for the Pennant is Saturday, May 26. The Astros are celebrating the 10th anniversary of this popular event by adding a 10K race to the long-standing 5K run and kids’ one-mile fun run. The 10K is an official 2013 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon qualifying event. Both the 10K and 5K races begin at Minute Maid Park in front of Union Station on Crawford Street and finish inside the ballpark. Participants receive an official race T-shirt.

Registration for the 5K and 10K races is $27 and the kids’ fun run is $17. Runners are encouraged to register online at www.astros.com/race.

 

MAY 16: BREAKING BARRIERS

Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life is a national Major League Baseball education program developed in conjunction with Scholastic, Inc., that teaches students the nine core values that Jackie Robinson exhibited in his life. Each year, students in grades 4-8 can participate by submitting essays that discuss personal stories of overcoming barriers.  Houston area seventh-grader Aeliya Arif is a national second-place winner and will be honored during the pregame ceremonies at Minute Maid Park by Sharon Robinson, daughter of the legendary Jackie Robinson.

 

MAY 18: JEDI WARRIORS

Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie and his wife Milessa are sponsoring Jedi Warriors in 2012.  One Friday a month, Lowrie is hosting a group of former military members from the Wounded Warrior Project to a unique Astros experience.  The 20 attendees receive a ticket to the game, $20 towards ballpark purchases, and the opportunity to meet Jed while watching batting practice from the field. 

 

MAY 19: MEET YOUR ASTROS

Throughout the season, fans will be able to meet current Astros players and team alumni at free autograph sessions. 

  • Larry Dierker: 11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. at Ron Craft Chevrolet, 4114 I-10 East, Baytown, TX 77521
  • Chris Johnson: 12:30 p.m-1:30 p.m. at John Keating Chevrolet, 2110 Crosby Fwy., Crosby, TX 77532
  • Jose Altuve: 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Astros Team Store, Union Station at Minute Maid Park

 

MAY 19: METHODIST BLOOD DRIVE

The first of three community blood drives hosted by the Astros and ARAMARK and run by the Eileen Murphree McMillin Blood Center at The Methodist Hospital System will be on Saturday, May 19 from 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The drive will be in the Depot located on the second floor of Union Station at Minute Maid Park.  Anyone 17 and older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in generally good health is invited to participate.  All who donate or attempt to donate will receive a special Astros 50th anniversary T-shirt.  Donors need not possess a game ticket to donate blood; however, they must have a game ticket if they plan to attend the 6:15 p.m. game against the Texas Rangers.

 

MAY 19: SUNSHINE KIDS

The Astros will welcome a group of approximately 60 people from the Sunshine Kids to Minute Maid Park for a pregame meet and greet with Astros players and coaches.  The Sunshine Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to children with cancer and their families.  Established in 1982, the Sunshine Kids is committed to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients. 

 

MAY 20 ASTROS-BASEBALL TOMORROW FUND EQUIPMENT DRIVE

The Houston Astros are teaming up with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) and Academy Sports + Outdoors to host an equipment collection drive at Sunday’s Astros-Rangers game. Volunteers will collect new or gently used gloves, bats, tees, helmets, baseballs and softballs from fans at ballpark entrance gates.  All donated equipment will be given to the Houston Park and Recreation Department’s free youth baseball and softball program. BTF is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball.

 

MAY 20: 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 21: BUSES FOR BASEBALL

Buses for Baseball is a Major League Baseball Players Association program that gives kids the chance to attend a Major League game as guests of the players. Fifty youth will bus down to Minute Maid Park for the game and meet several players after batting practice.  

 

MAY 22: PLAY GREEN® GREENEST CLASSROOM SCHOOL VISIT

Landrum Middle School’s sixth to eighth grade special needs class has been chosen as this year’s Greenest Classroom.  The students are receiving a special Astros player visit at their school and they will be honored in an on-field ceremony prior to the May 22 game.  At the Spring Branch ISD school, the students are actively involved in school recycling projects.  The class has funded some of their field trips from the money they earned through recycling.  Landrum Middle School is located at 2200 Ridgecrest Dr., Houston, TX 77055.

 

MAY 26 – ASTROS IN ACTION FOUNDATION RACE FOR THE PENNANT

The Astros In Action Foundation’s Race for the Pennant is Saturday, May 26.  The Astros are celebrating the 10th anniversary of this popular event by adding a 10K race to the long-standing 5K run and kids’ one-mile fun run.  Both the 10K and 5K races begin at Minute Maid Park in front of Union Station on Crawford Street and finish inside the ballpark. Participants receive an official race T-shirt.

 

Registration for the 5K and 10K races is $27 and the kids’ fun run is $17.    Runners are encouraged to register online at www.astros.com/race.

 

The Race for the Pennant is presented by the Methodist Center for Sports Medicine, is endorsed by the Houston Marathon Committee and the 10K is an official 2013 Chevron Houston Marathon and Aramco Houston Half Marathon qualifying event

 

May 16-23: 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 a Jeff Bagwell baseball and a Jed Lowrie bat.  Bidding opened today at 12:01 a.m. CT and will close on Wednesday, May 23, at 11:59 p.m. CT.  To bid on items, visit www.astros.com/auctions.  Proceeds benefit the Astros In Action Foundation. 

 

MAY 16-23: 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 16-23: Astros Buddies Kids Club registration, premium item pick-up and monthly rewards
  • May 18: Community Awareness Group, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
  • May 18 and 19: Astros In Action Foundation memorabilia auction

 

MAY 14-17 and 19, MAY 21-24 and 26: 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 bdenton@astros.com.