Astros Foundation celebrates opening of youth fields

Astros Foundation celebrates opening of youth fields

Astros Foundation celebrates opening of youth fields

HOUSTON -- The Astros Foundation and National Oilwell Varco (NOV) celebrated the opening of three revitalized Houston youth baseball fields Saturday morning at Melrose Park.

Melrose Park is home to Northside National Little League, which serves more than 225 children.

Astros president Reid Ryan joined NOV chairman and CEO Pete Miller, and director of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department Joseph Turner, along with Astros executive director of foundation development Meg Vaillancourt, NOV community relations manager Jason Bozic, Northside National Little League president Tony Salas, and other team and NOV executives for the field opening.

Astros players Lucas Harrell and Jason Castro also attended, along with Astros alumnus Jose Cruz, mascot Orbit, and players and coaches from the Northside National Little League.

"We are honored to work with a great community champion like National Oilwell Varco in renovating these public ballfields for the kids who play on them," Astros owner Jim Crane said. "We know the lessons kids learn from baseball -- like teamwork, and perseverance and respect for others -- are lessons that will last a lifetime and extend far beyond the baseball diamond. And we look forward to hosting the kids at Astros games and providing clinics and other special events with our players, alumni and Astros Foundation staff throughout the year."

As part of NOV's commitment to the Houston community, the company will make a donation to the Astros Foundation to help fund the program over the next five years.

Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.