HOUSTON, TX - The Astros will recognize Community Leader Schlumberger at tonight's Lone Star Series opener against the Texas Rangers at Minute Maid Park.
As part of Schlumberger Community Leaders Night, Rod Nelson, VP of Government and Community Relations for Schlumberger, and Sunnyside Park little leaguer Kase Rogers will throw out a joint first pitch to celebrate the global company's new partnership with the Astros and the Astros Foundation. Over 100 Schlumberger employees will attend tonight's game.
Schlumberger is investing $1.5 million over the next five years in the Community Leaders program. The funds, donated to the Astros Foundation, will support the recently completed renovations at two youth ballfields at Sunnyside Park, along with additional equipment and programming for the at-risk youth who play at the complex over the course of the program. The renovated fields reopened in April and are home to the South Central Sportz Youth Baseball, which serves more than 300 children and teens.
"Schlumberger is very excited to be a Community Leaders partner in this program, " said Paula Harris, company Director of Community Affairs. "Our community outreach and engagement is heavily focused on youth education and health. This program allows us to continue to invest in the communities in which we live and work. This will be a long and productive partnership with South Central Sportz Youth Baseball and with the Houston Astros."
The newly refurbished Sunnyside Park is a city-owned park. All reconstruction and additional safety features are paid for through the Community Leaders program and completed at no cost to taxpayers.
"Providing safe, thoroughly renovated fields and stronger youth baseball and softball programming in disadvantaged neighborhoods can make a big difference in the lives of our city's kids- from improving their health and connecting them with strong role models, to increasing their sense of teamwork, respect for others and providing other vital life skills," said Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane. "The Astros are proud to partner with Mayor Parker and the generous corporate champions participating in the Community Leaders program to make this important investment in Houston's children and our shared future."
"The Astros' Community Leaders program is providing a tremendous service to Houston's young people at no cost to our taxpayers," said Houston Mayor Annise Parker at the Community Leaders launch. "As a former softball player, I know this program will be successful in encouraging young people to play, and I applaud the Astros and the corporations participating in this program for their community spirit and generosity."
ABOUT THE ASTROS FOUNDATION:
The Astros Foundation is the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros. Led by Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane and his partners, the Astros Foundation seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans in our region to support our cornerstone charitable youth baseball and softball programs serving at risk youth of Greater Houston. Those initiatives include the Astros Community Leaders program, the Astros Urban Youth Academy and the Astros RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) league. The Executive Director of the Astros Foundation is Astros Sr. VP of Community Relations Meg Vaillancourt. For more information about the Foundation, please visit www.astros.com/foundation or email firstname.lastname@example.org.