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Astros to host '42' screenings for UYA players

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BOSTON -- The Astros and Major League Baseball will play host to two private screenings of the new Jackie Robinson movie "42" for youngsters from the Urban Youth Academy, the first of which will take place Saturday in Houston. The participants will get free movie tickets and food while in the theater.ci

The Astros Foundation is also planning a second screening later in May with another group from the UYA, as well as a group from the Astros Community Leaders program, for whom the Astros Foundation and its partners have refurbished baseball fields in a number of low-income neighborhoods.

Participants in both programs, which cater specifically to disadvantaged youth, will discuss the film with Astros personnel and share their own experiences and reactions after the film. The movie details Jackie Robinson's battle to break baseball's color barrier.

"'42' brilliantly depicts not only the proudest and most powerful event in baseball history, but also a watershed moment in American history and the civil rights movement," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "This film is a profound way for all of us throughout Major League Baseball to educate our next generation about Jackie Robinson's vital impact on our nation."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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