HOUSTON – The Astros Foundation and the Shriners Hospitals for Children hosting 10 Miracle League teams from the Greater Houston YMCA at Minute Maid Park on Saturday.
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and outfielder Josh Reddick were on hand participating in the games, doing their best to throw hittable pitches to the excited youngsters.
"These kids need a reason to smile every day," Correa said. "Coming to the ballpark and having a good time with a couple of big leaguers, hopefully, some moments they'll never forget."
"These kids are great, they're having a fun time, I'm having a blast," Reddick said. "This is just fantastic."
The Astros Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children also announced the extension of a multi-year naming rights agreement for the annual Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic held at Minute Maid Park, which now will extend through March 2023.
“Shriners Hospitals for Children has been a wonderful partner for the Astros Foundation” said Twila Carter, Executive Director of the Astros Foundation. “Today, we are pleased to announce the five-year extension of our partnership with the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic. We are grateful for their generous support and collaborative efforts to bring transformative change to our community.”
“This tournament provides our health care system with a national platform to share the story of how Shriners Hospitals for Children has changed the lives of more than 1.3 million kids over the course of the past 96 years,” said Jim Cain, Imperial Potentate (CEO) of Shriners International, the fraternity that founded and continues to support Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Our partnership with the Astros Foundation will help us continue to advance our mission of providing world-class care to children, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.”
The Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic, a 19-year Astros Foundation tradition, returns to Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros from March 1-3, 2019. The invite-only tournament once again boasts a strong lineup, featuring some of college baseball’s most respected programs including Baylor, Houston, Rice, TCU, Texas A&M and Texas State. The Astros Foundation will donate $1 from the sale of each ticket directly to Shriners Hospitals as well as provide other fundraising and awareness opportunities.