HOUSTON -- Jeff Keppinger and Brandon Lyon were among the Astros players who met with a group of 50 children prior to Wednesday's game.
The kids, who represented CAN DO (Community and Neighborhood Drug Offensive), received round-trip transportation to the game, got to meet the players and received free tickets, food, beverages and souvenirs. CAN DO works with high-risk children ages 5-12 by using a curriculum to help promote self esteem and help children make the right choices.
The goal of the CAN DO program is to provide community-based, comprehensive and coordinated activities to increase the students' life skills, reduce school dropouts and prevent the involvement of youth in gangs, tobacco, drug use and other illegal activities in Houston and surrounding communities.
The event is part of Major League Baseball Players Trust's "Buses for Baseball" program, which provides transportations and personal greetings for more than 1,500 underprivileged children attending Major League Baseball games as invited guests of their big league heroes.