HOUSTON -- Alyson Footer, a national correspondent for MLB.com, was honored with an award for achievement Saturday afternoon at the Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation scholarship awards luncheon in Houston's midtown.
Footer was introduced by former Astros managers Larry Dierker and Phil Garner and spoke to the crowd, which included a handful of scholarship recipients, about her career and the importance of making the most of opportunities early in their lives.
Hall of Fame announcer Milo Hamilton served as emcee of the event, which handed out $14,000 worth of scholarships to Texas college students.
Footer has been a fixture on the baseball scene in Houston since 1997, when she joined the Astros' public relations department. She joined MLB.com in 2001 and was the Astros' beat writer until midway through the 2009 season, including covering the 2005 National League championship team.
In 2009, Footer returned to the Astros and served a popular role as director of social media -- a post she held for three seasons before returning to MLB.com in 2012 as national correspondent. A native of Ohio, she received her bachelor's degree in English literature and master's degree in journalism from the University of Cincinnati.
Since its founding in 1982, the Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation has awarded nearly $600,000 in scholarships to deserving student athletes.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.