HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros, Chevrolet and Houston Area Chevy Dealers completed a successful 2014 season in the community by placing an emphasis on activities that supported Chevy Youth Baseball and members of the military. Among the highlights of the summer was Military Appreciation Night, where Chevrolet partnered with the Military Warriors Support Foundation and Wells Fargo to award a home to a wounded veteran at an Astros game. Chevrolet also conducted five on-field check presentations at Minute Maid Park, where the local dealerships presented their partnered youth leagues with a donation as part of the Chevy Youth Baseball program. From July 7-8, Chevrolet provided two youth baseball clinics at Minute Maid Park, while the Chevy Youth Base Stealer feature was held during each Astros home game throughout the season.
Houston Area Chevy Dealer Home Giveaway
2014 marked the second year that Chevrolet partnered with the Military Warriors Support Foundation and Wells Fargo to award a home to a wounded veteran at an Astros game. On Aug. 30 the Astros held Houston Area Chevy Dealers' Military Appreciation Night, where former Marine and two-time Purple Heart recipient Corporal Kemny Kim was presented with a 100 percent mortgage-free home as part of the Chevrolet Everyday Hero Comes Home program. Kim grew up in Houston and served three tours in Iraq.
As presenting sponsors of Military Appreciation Night, the Houston Area Chevy Dealers also provided 500 tickets to active duty US military and veterans for that Aug. 30 game between the Astros and Rangers.
Chevrolet Youth Baseball Check Presentations
Chevrolet held five on-field check presentations at Minute Maid Park this summer donating funds to local youth baseball leagues. At each presentation, Houston Area Chevy Dealerships presented their sponsored youth league with a $500 donation. For the past four years, the Houston Area Chevy Dealers have supported local youth leagues by donating more than $40,000 in and around the Houston area in the form of equipment and monetary donations. The presentations were held on the field prior to the Astros games on May 2, 4, 18, 31 and June 1.
Chevrolet and Youth Baseball
On July 7 and 8, Chevrolet hosted the Chevrolet Youth Baseball Clinics at Minute Maid Park. Each clinic featured two hours of baseball instruction and included lunch for more than 400 kids. Participants also gained additional baseball insight through a question-and-answer session with Astros legend Jimmy Wynn.
Houston Area Chevy Youth Base Stealer
During every Astros home game, one young fan "stole" first base while the grounds crew conducted field maintenance during the fifth-inning break. Each participating child got to take home a replica first base and a Houston Area Chevy Dealer t-shirt.