HOUSTON -- The Astros will host an equipment drive before Sunday's series finale with the Rangers to benefit the Houston Parks and Recreation Department's youth baseball and softball programs.
Volunteers at Minute Maid Park entrance gates will collect new or used gloves, bats, tees, helmets, baseballs and softballs from fans as they enter the stadium. Academy Sports + Outdoors has already donated more than 200 new baseball gloves.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund, designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world, will award a $5,000 grant to the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. The grant will be given in the name of Astros outfielder J.D. Martinez, who will be recognized in a pregame ceremony for his commitment to youth baseball and softball.
The drive will run from 10:15 a.m. CT to the end of the second inning at the clock tower, right field, south home plate and Union Station atrium entrances.