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What We've Been Up To

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TAKE A LEGEND TO SCHOOL
What We've Been Up To On September 24, Astros legend Craig Biggio attended Westbrook Intermediate School as the special guest of seventh-grader Ryleigh Love. Ryleigh was the winner of the Astros and Whataburger's "Take A Legend To School" program. Over the summer, fans participated in an online essay contest that explained why their nominated student was the most deserving of special recognition. More than 500 entries were received on behalf of elementary and intermediate school students from parents, relatives and friends. Junction Jack, the Astros mascot, escorted Ryleigh to school in a limousine. Biggio joined Ryleigh at Westbrook Intermediate for lunch and a meet and greet session with Ryleigh's classmates. That evening, Ryleigh threw out a ceremonial first pitch and enjoyed the Astros-Cardinals game from a suite.

HOME SWEET HOME MILITARY PROGRAM
What We've Been Up To Each Sunday home game, the Astros host the Home Sweet Home program sponsored by Budweiser. A small group of active duty military personnel who have recently returned from overseas service take part in 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 they are introduced prior to the seventh inning singing of "God Bless America." The Astros welcomed U.S. Coast Guard members on September 23 and the group met interim manager Tony DeFrancesco, Enerio Del Rosario, Lucas Harrell, Dallas Keuchel, Fernando Martinez, J.D. Martinez, Justin Maxwell, Scott Moore, Jimmy Paredes, Jordan Schafer, Chris Snyder, Mickey Storey, Jose Valdez and Brett Wallace.

MAKING A PITCH
What We've Been Up To On New Year's Eve 1972, Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. The prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet pays tribute to the 15-time MLB All-star's achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others.

Astros reliever Wesley Wright was the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award Astros nominee. Recognizing and celebrating Wesley's work in the community, Chevy made a $7,500 donation to the Alzheimer's Association, Wesley's charity of choice, during an on-field, pregame ceremony on September 23.

ON THE HOME FRONT
With the help of USO Houston, the Astros welcomed several military families with loved ones serving away from home to batting practice on September 21. The participants received tickets to the game, each preloaded with $15 for ballpark concession and retail purchases.

ASTROS PLAY GREEN®
What We've Been Up To The Houston Astros and Devon Energy rewarded Ms. Jolanta Stern's fourth grade students for their environmentally friendly efforts with a special visit on September 21. Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel and broadcaster Dave Raymond took a trip to Browning Elementary School as part of the Astros Play Green® program. Keuchel read Miss Fox's Class Goes Green and each student received their own autographed copy of the book. After the reading, students asked questions about Dallas' life as a Major League Baseball player and then they planted trees with the southpaw. The tree planting was a collective effort as Dallas, Dave, the students, Astros interns and Trees for Houston employees pitched in to help.

HOME SWEET HOME MILITARY PROGRAM
What We've Been Up To Each Sunday home game, the Astros host the Home Sweet Home program sponsored by Budweiser. A small group of active duty military personnel who have recently returned from overseas service take part in 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 they are introduced prior to the seventh inning singing of "God Bless America." On September 16, the Astros welcomed members from the U.S. Army and Coast Guard and the group met Brandon Barnes, Dallas Keuchel, Justin Maxwell and J.D. Martinez.

JEDI WARRIORS
Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie and his wife Milessa sponsored Jedi Warriors, a program supporting wounded soldiers. One Friday a month, Lowrie hosted a group of former military members from the Wounded Warrior Project. On September 14, 20 attendees received a ticket to the game, $20 towards ballpark purchases and they met Jed after watching batting practice from the field.

WE SHALL NEVER FORGET
To commemorate the 11th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the Houston Astros paid tribute to area first responders and military personnel on September 11. The days' events provided an opportunity for Astros players and fans to thank the community's public servants for their dedication to protecting others.

What We've Been Up ToDuring the fourth annual Astros Adopt-A-Firehouse program, Astros players "adopted" the firehouse that corresponded with their uniform number. Brian Bogusevic, Justin Maxwell and Chris Snyder along with Astros great, Jose Cruz signed autographs and presented framed, autographed jerseys to firefighters as a thank you for their service. Chick-fil-A provided lunch at each firehouse. Established in 2009, Astros players have now "adopted" 23 total fire stations through the Adopt-A-Firehouse program.

Later that evening, the club honored several first responders and military personnel on Heroes Night at Minute Maid Park. Houston Mayor Annise Parker was on hand to thank local public servants. Five members of the Houston first response team sent to Ground Zero in New York following the 9/11attacks threw out the game's ceremonial first pitches.

What We've Been Up ToIn addition to the pregame ceremonies, the Astros hosted a special edition of the club's Sunday Home Sweet Home program.

Conoco Alley became "Heroes Alley". Organizations and charities that support the military and first responders made information available for fans interested in learning how they could support Houston's heroes.

HOME SWEET HOME MILITARY PROGRAM
What We've Been Up To Each Sunday home game, the Astros host the Home Sweet Home program sponsored by Budweiser. A small group of active duty military personnel who have recently returned from overseas service take part in 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 they are introduced prior to the seventh inning singing of "God Bless America." The Astros welcomed U.S. Air Force and Army members on September 2 and the group met Tyler Greene, Justin Maxwell and Kyle Weiland.


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TEAM 20
What We've Been Up To This summer, Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris sponsored Team 20, a program that provides an upbeat Astros experience for pediatric cancer patients. Norris worked with Candlelighters, an organization that provides emotional, educational and practical support to children with cancer and their families. On August 31, each of the 20 attendees received a ticket to the game and $15 towards ballpark purchases. After watching batting practice, they met Bud and had the opportunity to get autographs.

WESLEY'S CHANGE-UP
What We've Been Up To Astros reliever Wesley Wright sponsored Wesley's Change-up treating teens from CROSSROADS: Community Partnership for Youth, Inc. to special Astros experiences this summer. The 2012 program ended on August 28. The 20 attendees received a game ticket, $15 towards ballpark purchases, and they met Wesley after watching batting practice from the field. CROSSROADS' mission is to prevent or reduce youth involvement with the juvenile justice system by fostering positive mentoring relationships between youth and volunteers in the Houston area.

PROJECT PLAYHOUSE
What We've Been Up To The Astros once again partnered with HomeAid Houston, a charitable organization of the Greater Houston Builders Association, to help combat homelessness.

In July and August, fans purchased raffle tickets for a chance to win the 2012 playhouse modeled after Minute Maid Park. The playhouse amenities included a wall mounted, 32" LCD TV, Xbox 360 with Kinect, iPod with docking station, mini refrigerator and window-unit style air conditioning.

Team President George Postolos drew the winning ticket at the August 19 game. College student Kristina Urban won the playhouse, but she wanted to donate it to someone who would enjoy it and use it often. With the help of HomeAid Houston, she donated the house to Mikey Moore, a deserving recipient and passionate Astros fan.

HOME SWEET HOME
What We've Been Up To Each Sunday home game, the Astros host the Home Sweet Home program sponsored by Budweiser. A small group of active duty military personnel who have recently returned from overseas service take part in 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 they are introduced prior to the seventh inning singing of "God Bless America." The Astros welcomed U.S. Air Force and Army members on August 19 and the group met Tyler Greene, Mickey Storey, Kyle Weiland and Wesley Wright.

JEDI WARRIORS
What We've Been Up To Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie and his wife Milessa this season are sponsoring Jedi Warriors, a program supporting wounded soldiers. One Friday a month, Lowrie is hosting a group of former military members from the Wounded Warrior Project. On August 17, 20 attendees received a ticket to the game, $20 towards ballpark purchases and they met Jed after watching batting practice from the field.

TEAM 20
What We've Been Up To Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris welcomed pediatric cancer patients from Candlelighters to the ballpark through his Team 20 player program on August 17. Candlelighters is an organization that provides emotional, educational and practical support to children with cancer and their families. A group of 20 attendees received a ticket to the game and $15 towards ballpark purchases. After watching batting practice, they met Bud and had the opportunity to get autographs.

BLACK TIES AND BASEBALL CAPS GALA
What We've Been Up To On August 16, the Astros wives hosted the 23rd Annual Black Ties and Baseball Caps Gala. Current and former Astros players and their wives mingled with fans and Houston Area Women's Center supporters. The gathering was on the field at Minute Maid Park and included a cocktail reception, dinner and a silent and live auction.

Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton again emceed the event and Trish and Greg Perkin, advocates and long-time benefactors of the wives gala, were honored for their years of support. Mo5aic, a five-man vocal supernova a cappella group, entertained the crowd of more than 400 people. The event raised $450,000 for the Houston Area Women's Center.

HOME SWEET HOME MILITARY PROGRAM
What We've Been Up To Each Sunday game, the Astros host the Home Sweet Home program sponsored by Budweiser. A small group of active duty military personnel who have recently returned from overseas service take part in 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 they are introduced prior to the seventh inning singing of "God Bless America." The Astros welcomed U.S. Marine Corps members to the Milwaukee-Brewers game on August 12. The group met Dallas Keuchel, Brandon Barnes, Chris Snyder, and Lucas Harrell.

UMPS CARE
The Astros and UMPS CARE welcomed several kids in foster care as special guests of the umpires on August 12. The kids were given tickets to the game, enjoyed a pregame meet and greet with the men in blue and received a special goodie bag. UMPS CARE Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established by Major League Baseball umpires to provide financial, in-kind and emotional support for America's youth.

METHODIST BLOOD DRIVE
The third of three community blood drives hosted by the Astros and ARAMARK and run by The Eileen Murphree McMillin Blood Center at The Methodist Hospital was held August 11. Fans donated throughout the afternoon and into the evening at Minute Maid Park. All who donated or attempted to donate received an Astros T-shirt.

SUNSHINE KIDS MEET AND GREET
What We've Been Up To The Astros and the Sunshine Kids have worked together for many years to provide unique baseball experiences for children with cancer. Several times each season, Sunshine Kids families visit the ballpark for a pregame meeting with Astros players.

On August 11, Sunshine Kids families met Jose Altuve, Xavier Cedeno, Rhiner Cruz, Armando Gallaraga, Chuckie Fick, Marwin Gonzalez, Tyler Greene, Wilton Lopez, Jordan Lyles, Justin Maxwell, Jordan Schafer, Chris Snyder, Mickey Storey and Wesley Wright.

ASTROS BUDDIES Q&A PRESS CONFERENCE
What We've Been Up To The Astros Buddies Kids Club is the team's official fan club for kids 14 and under. Members receive exclusive benefits including tickets, cool Buddies merchandise, Astros trinkets, and invitations to member-exclusive events. Kids experience Astros baseball the "Buddies way."

On August 10, MVP Buddies members participated in the first-ever Astros Buddies Kids Q & A Press Conference. Astros broadcaster and former player Jim Deshaies emceed as kids asked pitcher Lucas Harrell, outfielder Justin Maxwell and catcher Chris Snyder questions about their everyday lives as Major League Baseball players.

TEAM 20
What We've Been Up To Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris welcomed families from Candlelighters to Minute Maid Park through his Team 20 player program on August 10. The 20 attendees received a ticket to the game, $15 towards ballpark purchases, and they met Bud after watching batting practice from the field. The mission of Candlelighters is to provide emotional, educational, and practical support to children with cancer and their families.

ON THE HOME FRONT
With the help of USO Houston, the Astros welcomed several military families with loved ones serving away from home to the Astros batting practice on August 10. The participants received tickets to the game, each preloaded with $15 for ballpark concession and retail purchases.

WESLEY'S CHANGE-UP
This summer, Astros reliever Wesley Wright sponsored Wesley's Change-up treating teens from CROSSROADS: Community Partnership for Youth, Inc. to special Astros experiences. On August 7, the 20 attendees received a game ticket, $15 towards ballpark purchases, and they met Wesley after watching batting practice from the field. CROSSROADS' mission is to prevent or reduce youth involvement with the juvenile justice system by fostering positive mentoring relationships between youth and volunteers in the Houston area.


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HOME SWEET HOME
What We've Been Up To Each Sunday game, the Astros partner with USO Houston to host the Home Sweet Home program sponsored by Budweiser. On July 29, the team welcomed U.S. Marine Corps members, who recently returned from overseas service. The group met Craig Biggio, Justin Maxwell and Scott Moore. They watched the game from a suite, catered with complimentary food and beverages, and they were introduced prior to the seventh inning singing of "God Bless America."

JEDI WARRIORS
What We've Been Up To Astros shortstop Jed Lowrie and his wife Milessa this season are sponsoring Jedi Warriors, a program supporting wounded soldiers. One Friday a month, Lowrie is hosting a group of former military members from the Wounded Warrior Project. On July 27, 20 attendees received a ticket to the game, $20 towards ballpark purchases and they met Jed after watching batting practice.

TEAM 20
What We've Been Up To This summer, Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris is sponsoring Team 20, a program that provides an upbeat Astros experience for pediatric cancer patients. Norris is working with Candlelighters, an organization that provides emotional, educational and practical support to children with cancer and their families. On July 27, 20 attendees received a ticket to the game and $15 towards ballpark purchases. After watching batting practice, they met Bud and had the opportunity to get autographs.

PLAY CLINIC
What We've Been Up To PLAY - which stands for Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth - is a public awareness campaign developed by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) to combat child obesity. On July 25 at Minute Maid Park, Astros trainers Nate Lucero and Rex Jones led 60 children from the Astros Urban Youth Academy through a series of four stations that addressed being active through proper athletic training, sustaining healthy lifestyles and the dangers of performance enhancing drugs. Outfielder J.D. Martinez and reliever Wesley Wright talked about their routines and reinforced healthy living. The clinic was followed by a healthy lunch in the FiveSeven Grille.

ASTROS-POWERADE CLINIC
The Houston Astros Urban Youth Academy (UYA) hosted a one-day clinic sponsored by Powerade. Children from area YMCAs received instruction on baseball and softball fundamentals from the UYA Staff and Astros outfielder Justin Maxwell.

WESLEY'S CHANGE-UP
Astros reliever Wesley Wright encourages at-risk children to make good decisions and positive changes in their lives through his summer program, Wesley's Change-up. Wright is hosting a group from CROSSROADS: Community Partnership for Youth, Inc. to a unique Astros experience. On July 24, kids attending the program received a ticket to the game, $15 towards ballpark purchases and met with Wesley after they watched batting practice from the field. CROSSROADS' mission is to prevent or reduce youth involvement with the juvenile justice system by fostering positive mentoring relationships between youth and volunteers in the Houston area.

HOME SWEET HOME
What We've Been Up To Each Sunday game, the Astros partner with USO Houston to host the Home Sweet Home program sponsored by Budweiser. USO Houston coordinates the participating military members. On July 8, the program welcomed a small group of active, recently returned military personnel and their guests to a special Astros experience. The group met David Carpenter, Lucas Harrell, J.D. Martinez, Bud Norris and Jordan Schafer. They watched the game from a suite, catered with complimentary food and beverages, and were introduced prior to the seventh inning singing of "God Bless America."

SUNSHINE KIDS
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The Astros welcomed 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 Foundation is committed to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients. Fernando Abad, Javier Bracamonte, Brian Bixler, David Carpenter, Rhiner Cruz, Enerio Del Rosario, Marwin Gonzalez, Lucas Harrell, Jed Lowrie, Jordan Lyles, Brandon Lyon, Bud Norris and Wesley Wright along with a few Astros wives- Noel Gonzalez, Nicole Postolos and Sherell Wright- all enthusiastically met with families, took pictures and signed autographs.

GULF COAST REGIONAL BLOOD CENTER BLOOD DRIVE
The Astros, ARAMARK and the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center hosted a blood drive at Minute Maid Park on July 7. Anyone who donated or attempted to donate received a special Astros T-shirt and was entered into a drawing for tickets to a future Astros game. The process took less than an hour and one donation could save up to three lives.

ON THE HOME FRONT
With the help of USO Houston, the Astros welcome several military families with loved ones serving away from home to a special Astros experience that includes an on-field batting practice visit one Friday a month. The participants receive tickets to the game, each preloaded with $15 that can be spent at most concession and retail stands.

TEAM 20
What We've Been Up To On July 6, Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris welcomed families from Candlielighters to Minute Maid Park through his Team 20 player program. The 20 attendees received a ticket to the game, $15 towards ballpark purchases, and they met Bud after watching batting practice from the field. The mission of Candlelighters is to provide emotional, educational, and practical support to children with cancer and their families.


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HOUSTON LEADERSHIP FOR TOMORROW
What We've Been Up To The Houston Astros and Houston Leadership for Tomorrow (HLT) hosted a leadership seminar for the HLT Class of 2013 at Minute Maid Park on June 26. HLT is a program that identifies the best and brightest African-American, Hispanic and Native American high school students and transforms their leadership potential. During the day, consultants from McKinsey & Company, an international consulting firm based in Houston, coached the students on business strategy. Later that evening, the group interacted with HLT board members, alumni and supporters during a networking reception.

WESLEY'S CHANGE-UP
What We've Been Up To This summer, Astros reliever Wesley Wright is sponsoring Wesley's Change-up for kids from CROSSROADS: Community Partnership for Youth, Inc. On June 26, the 20 attendees received a ticket to the game, $15 towards ballpark purchases, and they met Wesley after they watched batting practice from the field. CROSSROADS' mission is to prevent or reduce youth involvement with the juvenile justice system by fostering positive mentoring relationships between youth and volunteers in the Houston area.

ROOTED IN TEXAS
What We've Been Up To Astros staff and Play Green® Ambassador Chris Johnson planted approximately 35 trees at Memorial Park on June 25. Native to southeast Texas, the tree species planted were Bald Cypress, Chinquapin, Empire Live Oak and Shumard Oak. Each tree represented a home run hit by an Astros player at Minute Maid Park in April, May and part of June.

The tree planting was a continuation of the team's Play Green® campaign and was the first of two tree plantings this season. The Astros Play Green® mission creates a positive environmental platform at Minute Maid Park and throughout Texas by committing to Earth-friendly efforts that enhance the quality of life for Astros fans.

HOME SWEET HOME
What We've Been Up To Each Sunday game, the Astros partner with USO Houston to host the Home Sweet Home program sponsored by Budweiser. On June 24, the team welcomed a small group of active, recently returned military personnel and their guests to a special Astros experience that included a player meet and greet. The group watched the game from a suite, catered with complimentary food and beverages, and were introduced prior to the seventh inning singing of "God Bless America."

UMPS CARE
Several children in foster care were special guests of umpires through UMPS CARE Charities on June 23. The kids enjoyed a pregame meet and greet with the men in blue, received a special goodie bag and the Astros provided tickets to the game. UMPS CARE Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established by Major League Baseball umpires to provide financial, in-kind and emotional support for America's youth and families in need.

GRAND SLAM FOR YOUTH BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIPS
The Grand Slam for Youth Baseball program awarded and recognized 25 Houston area scholarship recipients during an on-field, pregame ceremony on June 23. Through this program, Minute Maid and the Astros In Action Foundation annually fund and support individual $2,500 college scholarships that assist high school senior boys and girls with college expenses.

JEDI WARRIORS
What We've Been Up To 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. The 20 attendees receive a ticket to the game, $20 towards ballpark purchases, and they meet Jed after watching batting practice from the field. Guests enjoyed the third of six visits this season on June 22.

TEAM 20
Astros starting pitcher Bud Norris is sponsoring Team 20. Each homestand this summer, Norris is collaborating with Candlelighters to welcome a group of pediatric cancer patients and their families to a unique Astros experience. On June 22, 20 attendees received a ticket to the game, $15 towards ballpark purchases, and they met Bud after watching batting practice from the field. The mission of Candlelighters is to provide emotional, educational, and practical support to children with cancer and their families.

BORN TO WYNN
Excellence, diligence and teamwork are all skills learned through sports and are also fundamental building blocks for success. For the second summer in a row, the Astros conducted the Born to Wynn program at the Astros Urban Youth Academy (UYA).

The program's simple tag line, Believe it. Own it. Walk into it., encourages and empowers youth players to believe in themselves and use key life skills on and off the field to succeed.

By tapping into the Major League Baseball experiences of Jimmy Wynn and other current and former Astros players, Born to Wynn focuses on developing leadership and life skills. The lessons emphasize key leadership qualities - character, attitude, skills, knowledge, drive and excellence.

Sessions took place each Monday in June in conjunction with the Academy's four-week summer camp with Jimmy Wynn, Justin Maxwell and Wesley Wright providing baseball instruction and sharing life lessons.

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WESLEY'S CHANGE-UP
What We've Been Up To Astros reliever Wesley Wright is sponsoring Wesley's Change-up, a summer program that welcomes kids from CROSSROADS: Community Partnership for Youth, Inc. to Minute Maid Park. CROSSROADS' mission is to prevent or reduce youth involvement with the juvenile justice system by fostering positive mentoring relationships between youth and volunteers in the Houston area. On June 19, 20 attendees received a ticket to the game, $15 towards ballpark purchases, and they met Wesley after they watched batting practice from the field.

PITCH, HIT AND RUN
What We've Been Up To This spring, more than 600,000 children between the ages of seven and 14 participated nationwide in Major League Baseball's free Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) program. Before the June 3 Astros game, the top 24 baseball and softball qualifiers from the Gulf Coast region competed at Minute Maid Park in hopes of advancing to the national finals at the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Kansas City. PHR provides an integrated competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball and softball skills - pitching, hitting and running abilities.

ASTROS WIVES FATHER'S DAY AUCTION
The Astros wives assembled Father's Day player gift baskets filled with baseball and non-baseball items with particular meaning to their husbands. On June 3, fans could bid on the unique packages on display in Conoco Alley at Minute Maid Park. Auction proceeds benefited prostate cancer research efforts at the Methodist Men's Health Center.

BUDDIES BEHIND-THE-SCENES DAY
What We've Been Up To On June 3, Coca-Cola Astros Buddies Kids Club members worked for the team on Buddies Behind-the-Scenes Day. Randomly selected MVP members saw first-hand what it was like to work for a Major League Baseball team performing various game day jobs including grounds keeper, public address announcer and scoreboard operator. Buddies MVP members were also honorary "Astros players" and stood with Astros players on the field during the national anthem.

HOME SWEET HOME
What We've Been Up To Each Sunday game, the Astros host the Home Sweet Home program sponsored by Budweiser. USO Houston coordinates the participating military members. On June 3, the team welcomed members from the Coast Guard and Marine Corps. The group met David Carpenter, Lucas Harrell and Justin Maxwell. They watched the game from a suite, catered with complimentary food and beverages, and were introduced prior to the seventh inning singing of "God Bless America."

IMPACT A HERO
What We've Been Up To The Astros welcomed a special group of men and women who were in Houston for the eighth annual Impact A Hero weekend to the June 2 game against the Cincinnati Reds. In addition to the organization's fundraising events - 5K run, gala and golf tournament - the goal of the weekend is to bring a message of appreciation to the troops. More than 50 wounded heroes and their guests received tickets courtesy of the team and enjoyed a special player meeting prior to the game. Impact A Hero is a non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization, created to provide a simple mechanism for individuals and corporations to provide emotional and financial support for severely wounded/disabled veterans and their families.

METHODIST BLOOD DRIVE
The second of three blood drives hosted by the Astros, ARAMARK and the Eileen Murphree McMillin Blood Center at The Methodist Hospital System was on June 2 at Minute Maid Park. Anyone 17 and older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in generally good health could participate. All who donated or attempted to donate received a special Astros 50th anniversary T-shirt.

ON THE HOME FRONT
With the help of USO Houston this season, the Astros are welcoming several military families with loved ones serving away from home to Minute Maid Park. On June 1, guests were treated to a special Astros experience that included an on-field batting practice visit and tickets to the game. Each participant's ticket was loaded with $15 for ballpark purchases.


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ASTROS IN ACTION FOUNDATION RACE FOR THE PENNANT
The Astros In Action Foundation Race for the Pennant annually raises funds for many of the foundation's charitable endeavors. On May 26, the Foundation celebrated the Race for the Pennant's 10th anniversary by adding a 10K race to the long-standing 5K run and kids' one-mile fun run.

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

What We've Been Up ToBoth the 10K and 5K races began at Minute Maid Park in front of Union Station on Crawford Street and finished inside the ballpark. Participants received an official race T-shirt. The top overall 5K female and male winners received two free airline tickets courtesy of United Airlines. The top overall female and male winners of the 10K were each awarded a $1,000 Chevron gas card. Winners in each division received a race certificate and a $50 Academy Sports + Outdoors gift card. All first through third place category winners as well as the overall male and female finishers from both the 5K and10K races were celebrated during an on-field pregame ceremony at the Astros-Cardinals game on June 6.

Runners and supporters enjoyed the Race for the Pennant post-race party immediately following the race. Emceed by Hall of Fame Broadcaster Milo Hamilton, the party featured an awards presentation, door prizes for a few lucky winners, food, drinks and live entertainment provided by The Last Train Out.

PLAY GREEN® GREENEST CLASSROOM SCHOOL VISIT
What We've Been Up To On May 22, Astros Play Green® ambassador Chris Johnson and broadcaster Bill Brown made a special visit to Ms. Shannon Warren's special needs students at Landrum Middle School. The sixth-graders were chosen as this year's Greenest Classroom. The students were honored in an on-field ceremony prior to the game that evening. A Spring Branch ISD school, the students are actively involved in school recycling projects. The class funded some of their field trips from the money they earned through recycling.

Teachers submitted essays about their classrooms' environmental efforts as part of the Greenest Classroom contest sponsored by Devon Energy. The annual contest is part of the Astros Play Green® in Education school initiative, designed to teach students at an early age about the environment, conservation and building a lifetime of responsible actions that make a positive difference.

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 were bused down to Minute Maid Park for the game and met Astros players- Jason Castro, J.A. Happ, Jed Lowrie, Brandon Lyon and Wesley Wright- after batting practice on May 21.

ASTROS-BASEBALL TOMORROW FUND EQUIPMENT DRIVE
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association initiative designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball. Each season, clubs across the league team up with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) to collect much needed equipment for local youth baseball and softball programs in their cities.

What We've Been Up ToThe Houston Astros teamed up with BTF and Academy Sports + Outdoors to host an equipment collection drive at the Astros-Rangers game on May 20. Academy Sports + Outdoors pitched in over 200 new baseball gloves.

Volunteers collected new and gently-used gloves, bats, tees, helmets, baseballs and softballs from fans at Minute Maid Park entrance gates. The Astros' 2012 efforts tallied over 700 items which will benefit the Houston Parks and Recreation Department's, or HPARD's, free baseball and softball programs.

In addition to the items collected, HPARD received a $5,000 grant from the BTF to purchase new equipment. The grant was given in the name of Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez for his commitment to youth baseball and softball during the Astros' pregame ceremony that day.

HOME SWEET HOME
What We've Been Up ToEach 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. The program welcomed U.S. Army soldiers on May 20.

SUNSHINE KIDS
What We've Been Up To The Astros welcomed a group of approximately 60 people from the Sunshine Kids to Minute Maid Park for a pregame meet and greet with the team. Players and coaches visiting with the group were Fernando Abad, former Astro Craig Biggio, Javier Bracamonte, Doug Brocail, Rhiner Cruz, Marwin Gonzalez, J.A. Happ, Jed Lowrie, Jordan Lyles, Brandon Lyon, Justin Maxwell, Brett Myers and Jordan Schafer.

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.


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 was May 19 at Minute Maid Park. Anyone 17 and older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in generally good health was invited to participate. All who donated or attempted to donate received a special Astros 50th anniversary T-shirt. Sixty-one donors supported the drive.

JEDI WARRIORS
What We've Been Up ToAstros 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 program continued on May 18, 20 attendees received a ticket to the game, $20 towards ballpark purchases, and they met Jed while watching batting practice from the field.


BREAKING BARRIERS
What We've Been Up To 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 fourth through eighth grades can participate by submitting essays that discuss personal stories of overcoming barriers. On May 16, Sharon Robinson, daughter of the legendary Jackie Robinson, honored Houston area seventh-grader Aeliya Arif, the 2012 national second place winner, in a pregame ceremony.

PINK IN THE PARK BRUNCH AND BAZAAR
Astros players, wives, and front office staff went to bat to raise funds for the Methodist Cancer Center at the Astros In Action Foundation's Pink In The Park Brunch and Bazaar on May 4.

Astros In Action Foundation board member and event chair Shawn A. Taylor opened the program encouraging guests in attendance to devote their time, talents and efforts to the cause. Held in Union Station at Minute Maid Park, the Pink In The Park brunch program featured a Talking Pink panel discussion with Sara Lyon, wife of Astros pitcher Brandon Lyon, whose mother is a breast cancer survivor. Dr. Angel Augusto Rodriguez, director of the Methodist Triple Negative Breast Cancer Clinic, joined Sara on the panel.What We've Been Up To Also participating were breast cancer survivors Roberta Schwartz, executive vice president for The Methodist Hospital and Maryanne McCormack, entrepreneur and founder of Visible Changes hair salon.

The bazaar featured numerous local boutiques and unique fashion designers including All About Events, Amy Catherine Designs, artist Allison Sacra, Astros Team Store, Bath Junkie, I Buy Luxury, Olio Art and Stella & Dot. A portion of the proceeds from sales at the bazaar also benefited the Methodist Cancer Center.

FIELDING THE PLAY IN LIFE
What We've Been Up To Just as fielders on a baseball diamond have a choice in executing a play, kids are also faced with their own challenges every day. On May 7, Astros players David Carpenter, Jed Lowrie, Fernando Rodriguez, and Chris Snyder and broadcasters Jim Deshaies, Brett Dolan, Dave Raymond and Francisco Romero visited four local schools and presented the Astros Whataburger Fielder's Choice school assembly.

This season is the sixth year that Whataburger has teamed up with the Astros to present the Fielder's Choice Program. The assembly-style program 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.

This spring, area schools were invited to participate 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 were 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).

In addition to the player visit, the four winning students were recognized in an on-field, ceremony before the Astros vs. Marlins game. Students attending the school assemblies also received a special certificate of participation and coupon from Whataburger.


HOMETOWN HERO
What We've Been Up To Each month, the Astros In Action Foundation, in partnership with Wells Fargo, honors an area citizen with the title of Hometown Hero. Those recognized have gone above and beyond and performed extraordinary acts within their communities. Prior to the Astros-Marlins game on May 9, the Astros honored six-year old Rafe Nobles Kotalik as the May Hometown Hero.

The young Tiger Cub Scout from Pack 777 of the Tall Timbers District is doing extraordinary things. Rafe has earned more than 50 awards this year, including the Cub Scout Good Turn Award, Citizenship honors, the Tiger Super Achiever Award and is a Gold level recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

In 2008, Rafe became the youth ambassador for children's book drives benefiting Houston area children's hospitals and began collecting and delivering school supplies and toys for local abused and neglected children. Since 2009, he has served as team captain for bounce events to benefit kids with autism. Additionally, he has sent more than 5,000 care packages to military personnel stationed in war regions. This past January, he enlisted the help of his friends with these efforts and mobilized a charity group at his school that collected more than one ton of food in one week for a local pantry. The drive also gathered more than 1,500 books for Texas Children's Hospital in honor of Rafe's friend with Batten disease.


HOME SWEET HOME
What We've Been Up To 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. The program welcomed members from the U.S. Army and the Marine Corps on May 6.
 

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HOME SWEET HOME
What We've Been Up To

Home Sweet Home recognizes active duty service members at every Sunday home game for their recent overseas service. The experience 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." The club welcomed Marines from the 1/23rd "Lone Star" unit on April 22.


 
 
JEDI WARRIORS
What We've Been Up To

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 they meet Jed while watching batting practice from the field. Lowrie hosted the first of six groups to the Astros-Dodgers game on April 20.


 
 
HONORING JACKIE ROBINSON
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On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier. Sixty-five years to the date, all players wore Jackie's number, No. 42, as Major League Baseball commemorated the milestone on April 15. The Astros' festivities followed MLB's celebration and honored Robinson's legacy with various activities on April 20.

Prior to the Astros-Dodgers game, the club hosted a reception for African-American community leaders. Members of the Texas Southern University Debate Team spoke about Robinson's footprint on America's pastime and special reception guests included current players Justin Maxwell and Wesley Wright, coaches Dave Clark and Bobby Meacham, former Astros player Jimmy Wynn, Baseball Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, along with Jackie Robinson Foundation alumna Nakia Davis.

Astros Urban Youth Academy (UYA) members, selected for their leadership, took the field with Astros players during the national anthem each wearing a t-shirt representing one of Robinson's life principles.



CHEVY CLINICS
What We've Been Up To

The Houston Astros, Chevrolet and Houston area Chevy dealers are celebrating the Astros 50th anniversary during the 2012 season with several activities that give fans a fun and up-close experience with Astros baseball.

On April 14 and April 15, Chevrolet sponsored two baseball clinics at Minute Maid Park providing area youth the opportunity to learn baseball fundamentals and promote the values of sportsmanship and teamwork.

Baseball instructor Mike Harris and players from the Miracles Baseball Academy provided instruction. After the clinic, lunch was provided for all participants and Larry Dierker (April 14) and Jimmy Wynn (April 15) spoke to the kids and participated in a question and answer session.


 
 
HOMETOWN HERO
What We've Been Up To

Each month, the Astros In Action Foundation, in partnership with Wells Fargo, honors an area citizen with the title of Hometown Hero. Those recognized have gone above and beyond and performed extraordinary acts within their communities. Prior to the Astros-Braves game on April 11, the Astros honored former Houston Area Women's Center Chair Shawn Raymond as April's Hometown Hero.

The Houston Area Women's center has made huge strides in ending sexual and domestic violence in Houston. When it comes to advancing the mission of the Women's Center, Raymond has always demonstrated a willingness to invest it all- his time, his talent, his resources, his heart and soul. He transforms his understanding into action, ensuring that the Women's Center has the leadership and resources needed to provide excellent services that support survivors of domestic and sexual violence in their efforts to move their lives forward.



HOME SWEET HOME
What We've Been Up To

On April 8, the club welcomed Marines from the 1/23rd "Lone Star" unit, who returned from Afghanistan last fall, to Minute Maid Park as part of the Astros Home Sweet Home program. Home Sweet Home is an important program that recognizes active duty service members at every Sunday home game for their recent overseas service.


 
 
IRAQ WAR VETERANS PARADE
What We've Been Up To

The Houston Astros and the City of Houston worked together to host a special parade and ceremony for veterans of the Iraq War on April 7. Iraq War veterans were invited to parade through downtown Houston with the procession concluding inside Minute Maid Park with an on-field pregame ceremony.

In addition, Chase, in partnership with Operation Homefront, presented Iraq War veteran Quentin Muirhead and his wife, Jennifer, with the gift of a mortgage-free home. The Astros donated tickets for the evening's game to all uniformed parade participants and their immediate families. The veterans were served dinner during the game courtesy of Minute Maid, Papa John's and Frost National Bank.


 
OPENING DAY BLOOD DRIVE

Many activities surrounded the Astros Opening Day on April 6. Hosted by the Astros, ARAMARK and the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, the team's annual Opening Day Blood Drive was held in Union Station at Minute Maid Park. Anyone that donated or attempted to donate received a special Astros T-shirt. The drive resulted in 179 units that can be used to save up to 537 lives.


ON THE HOME FRONT

Launched last season, the Astros are pleased to be hosting On The Home Front again in 2012. With the help of USO Houston, the Astros welcomed several military families with a loved one serving away from home to a special Astros experience that included an on-field batting practice visit and tickets to the Astros-Rockies game on April 6. The program happens one Friday a month. Each participant's ticket is loaded with $15 that can be spent at most concession and retail stands at Minute Maid Park. Information about all the Astros military efforts is available at www.astros.com/militaryappreciation.


 
 

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MLB URBAN INVITATIONAL

On February 17-19, Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Houston Astros teamed up to host the Urban Invitational in Houston, Texas for the first time in its five-year history.

Hosted the first four times in Compton, Calif., the site of the first MLB Urban Youth Academy, the round-robin tournament is designed to give Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and their baseball programs national exposure.

Games were played at Minute Maid Park over the three days. The 2012 tournament featured five HBCUS: Alabama State University, Grambling State University, Prairie View A&M University, Southern University and Texas Southern University along with NCAA Division I school University of California, Irvine.

On February 18, several festivities at Minute Maid Park complemented the weekend event. A college fair, in which over 20 colleges and universities were represented, provided information about college preparation, undergraduate and graduate degree programs, financial aid and scholarship opportunities. Fans enjoyed performances by the Prairie View A&M "Marching Storm" and Texas Southern "Ocean of Soul" marching bands. Jennifer Holliday, Grammy and Tony Award-winning artist and HBCU alumnus of Texas Southern University, performed "America the Beautiful" before the final game that evening. Holliday's performance and games played at Minute Maid Park that day aired live on MLB Network and MLB.com.

Proceeds from the event benefited the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Foundation.

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FANFEST

FanFest returned to Minute Maid Park on February 11, allowing fans to enjoy all things Astros. Many popular activities were back including autograph sessions, the garage sale and mystery grab bags along with new experiences, such as kids inflatable games on the field and the opportunity to take batting practice. Fans were also able to paint or sign their name to the Astros 50th Anniversary mural, which will be displayed in the ballpark throughout the 2012 season.

 
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This year's festival included several current and former Astros player autograph sessions. Current players participating were Brian Bogusevic, Jason Bourgeois, Jason Castro, Chris Johnson, J.D. Martinez, Bud Norris, Humberto Quintero, and Brett Wallace along with newcomers Jed Lowrie and Chris Snyder. Manager Brad Mills met with fans as well. The former player group included Kevin Bass, Enos Cabell, Jose Cruz, Larry Dierker, Bob Watson, Jimmy Wynn, Shane Reynolds and J.R. Richard.

 
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"Talkin' Baseball" sessions, which took place in Union Station, gave fans the opportunity to hear from Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow and President and CEO George Postolos. Other session topics, "2012 Season", "Astros.com Chat Session", "50th Anniversary Plans", "A Look at 50 Years" presented a season outlook, while "Story Time with Milo Hamilton" and "Talkin' Youth Baseball" provided entertainment for kids.

 

FanFest proceeds benefited the Astros Urban Youth Academy.

BASEBALL DINNER

On February 10, the Astros In Action Foundation and Minute Maid hosted the 27th Annual Baseball Dinner benefiting the Grand Slam for Youth Baseball scholarship program. This year's event had a celebratory flair highlighting 50 years of Houston baseball. Astros Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton served as co-emcee, and was joined by veteran Houston broadcaster Lisa Malosky. Astros President and CEO George Postolos, General Manager Jeff Luhnow and manager Brad Mills also took part.

Past Astros MVP honorees included Bob Aspromonte, Enos Cabell, Jose Cruz, Larry Dierker, Roger Metzger, Bob Watson and Jimmy Wynn. The evening also featured awards given to current Astros and other area baseball standouts by the Houston Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of American. Astros honored for their 2011 seasons included J.D. Martinez (Rookie of the Year), Wandy Rodriguez (Pitcher of the Year), and Jason Bourgeois (Darryl Kile Award). Former Astro Lance Berkman received the Houston Area Player of the Year Award.

Longtime Astros television broadcaster Bill Brown received the Fred Hartman Award for Long and Meritorious Service to Baseball. The 2011 campaign marked Brown's 25th season as the Astros play-by-play TV voice.

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CAREAVAN

The 2012 Houston Astros CAREavan made 47 stops in 13 cities over eight days, traveling more than 3,500 miles. From February 1-10, over 35 Astros players, alumni, coaches and front office staff participated in CAREavan reaching thousands of fans. Highlights included conducting several youth baseball clinics, visiting with military and pediatric patients at hospitals and serving fans lunch at Chick-fil-A and signing autographs at Academy Sports + Outdoors stores.

The annual winter trip hit the road on February 1, with visits throughout central and south Texas. The team made two-day trips to Austin (Feb. 1-2), Brownsville, Harlingen and McAllen (Feb. 1-2), and San Antonio (Feb. 2-3), and spent a day in Corpus Christi and Victoria (Feb. 3).

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On February 1, infielders Jose Altuve and Jimmy Paredes, pitcher Fernando Rodriguez along with former player and current Astros Spanish broadcaster Alex Trevino all headed to south Texas. The tour began with a Chick-fil-A lunch stop in Brownsville, followed by a Fielder's Choice school assembly, a Welcome to Brownsville reception, a youth baseball and softball clinic, and a free autograph session for fans at Academy Sports + Outdoors.

On the second day (February 2), the group headed to Harlingen and McAllen. Players hosted another Fielder's Choices school assembly, attended a reception in McAllen, and gave one-on-one skill instruction to youth baseball and softball players. A free fan autograph session at Academy Sports + Outdoors wrapped up the tour.

 
Austin
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Making appearances on the Austin CAREavan tour were Jordan Lyles, J.B. Shuck and Kyle Weiland, along with pitching coach Doug Brocail and radio broadcaster Dave Raymond. On February 1, the tour began with a visit to Cedar Park Middle School followed by a clinic with the RBI Austin program, a Ronald McDonald House visit and a free autograph session at Academy Sports + Outdoors. Astros President and CEO George Postolos also took part in appearances on February 1.

The Austin tour continued on February 2, and the day started with a patient visit at Dell Children's Medical Center. The team made an afternoon stop at River Oaks Elementary School for a Fielder's Choice assembly.

 
San Antonio
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The San Antonio group - pitching prospect Jarred Cosart, pitcher J.A. Happ, catcher Humberto Quintero, infielder Angel Sanchez, alum Larry Dierker and broadcaster Brett Dolan- spent two days with fans, February 2 - 3. Postolos joined the group for parts of the tour on February 2.

The first San Antonio CAREavan visit was with wounded military members at the San Antonio Medical Center followed by a youth baseball and softball clinic with RBI San Antonio. The last stop on the first day was at Academy Sports + Outdoors for a free, public autograph signing.

The San Antonio tour continued February 3, and the day started at Chick-fil-A where players served fans lunch. Afterwards, players visited Adams Elementary School for a Fielder's Choice assembly and the tour culminated with a youth baseball and softball clinic with RBI San Antonio.

 
Corpus Christi and Victoria
careavan

Players making their way to Corpus Christi and Victoria (February 3) were infielder Jose Altuve, outfielders Brian Bogusevic and J.B. Shuck, former player Shane Reynolds, Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton, and Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane. While in Corpus Christi, the CAREavan visited Four Bluff Primary School and attended the Corpus Christi Hooks luncheon. The Victoria leg of the tour included a youth baseball and softball clinic along with a free, public autograph signing at Academy Sports + Outdoors.

 
Oklahoma City

During the CAREavan's second week, the Astros traveled to Oklahoma City (February 6) and visited with military personnel at Tinker Air Force Base, patients at Mercy Hospital, and Oklahoma City RedHawks season ticket holders and sponsors. Players making the Oklahoma City tour included Jose Altuve, David Carpenter, J.D. Martinez along with former player Larry Dierker, Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton and Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane.

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The week also included five, day-long trips in Houston, Sugar Land, Spring, Cypress and Katy. The local tours visited numerous schools for reading activities and Fielder's Choice school assemblies, conducted youth baseball clinics and made daily stops at Academy Sports + Outdoors stores for free autograph sessions.

Houston

On February 6, the Houston tour featured outfielder Jason Bourgeois, pitcher Bud Norris, first base coach Bobby Meacham, manager Brad Mills along with former players Bob Watson and Jimmy Wynn and Jim Deshaies, now an Astros broadcaster. Stops included a Chick-fil-A lunch appearance, book readings as part of the Houston Real Men Read MENtoring program at Clemente Martinez Elementary School followed by a "Careers in Baseball" seminar featuring current and former players along with Astros front office staff. The day ended with a free autograph signing for fans at Academy Sports + Outdoors.

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Sugar Land

The Astros CAREavan made its way to the Sugar Land area on February 7. Players attending included pitchers David Carpenter and Bud Norris, infielders Chris Johnson and Brett Wallace, and broadcaster Brett Dolan. The day's visits included a Fielder's Choice school assembly at Colony Meadows Elementary School, a visit to the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Birthing Center and a Fort Bend Family YMCA after-school event. The group wrapped up the day with a free autograph session for fans at Academy Sports + Outdoors.

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Spring
careavan

On February 8, the tour rolled into Spring. Players making appearances were Bogusevic, Bourgeois, Martinez, Mills, Jose Cruz and Deshaies. The day began at the AVANCE-Southwest School with a Fielder's Choice school assembly focusing on making good choices. Youth baseball and softball players from the Oak Ridge Woodlands Area Little League and South Montgomery Girls Softball Association received one-on-one skill instruction from the group. Players then met fans during a free autograph session at Academy Sports + Outdoors.

 
Cypress
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On February 9, another group - Jed Lowrie, Martinez, Mills, Trevino, Bill Brown and Jeff Luhnow- headed out to the Cypress area. The day was filled with youth-centered events, including a bilingual story time for kids at the CyFair College Branch Library, a Fielder's Choice school assembly at Spillane Middle School, and a baseball clinic for CyFair Sports Association members. The tour ended with a free autograph session at Academy Sports + Outdoors.

 
Katy

Visits in Katy wrapped up the annual tour on February 10. Players making visits included Jason Castro, Johnson, Lowrie, Wallace, Cruz, Brown. The day began with a visit to Brookwood Community, followed by a Methodist Hospital West visit and a free autograph session at Academy Sports + Outdoors.

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ASTROS MLK DAY FESTIVITIES
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On January 16, America celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. and his non-violent pursuit of civil rights. The Astros honored his legacy through various activities leading up to the holiday. Serving as co-emcee and presenting awards, Astros outfielder Jason Bourgeois appeared at the MLK Grande Parade Battle of the Bands competition on January 14 at Joe Kelly Butler Stadium. Junction Jack, the Astros mascot, participated in the MLK Grande Parade on January 16 in Midtown. The Astros donated in-kind resources to the Black Heritage Society's parade and the YMCA's MLK Freedom Fund breakfast at Minute Maid Park.