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.