HOUSTON, TX - Grammy Award-winning artist Drake will kick off his three-day Houston Appreciation Weekend (HAW) event with a special Houston Appreciation Night at Minute Maid Park on Thursday, June 12. Houston Appreciation Night will feature a spectacular pregame ceremony and several other activities benefitting local, youth-focused charities, including the Astros Foundation and Urban Youth Academy.
Drake has deep roots in Houston, the city that helped launch his music career and where he began building his empire with the encouragement of long-time Astros supporter and community activist, Bun B, among others. Drake has been outspoken and unwavering in his support of Houston-based organizations, sports teams and initiatives.
The critically-acclaimed artist also has a deep passion for empowering and improving the lives of children. HAW will therefore also serve to raise awareness for several charitable organizations throughout the Houston community, including the Astros Foundation.
Prior to the Astros 7:10pm game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks, Drake will host over 50 children from the Astros Urban Youth Academy and RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program for a special pregame meet and greet where he will provide the children with dinner and tickets to the game.
There are also a limited number of tickets available for the Drake Section at Minute Maid Park, where fans will receive exclusive Houston Appreciation Night t-shirts, with a portion of each ticket sale benefitting a local charity of Drake's choosing. Additionally, Drake will be raffling off five different autographed Astros gift packs, with those proceeds also going towards a local charity. Tickets for the Drake Section are available at:
ABOUT THE ASTROS FOUNDATION:
The Astros Foundation is the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros. The Astros Foundation seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans in Houston and surrounding areas to support our cornerstone charitable programs, including Community Leaders, the Astros Urban Youth Academy and the Astros RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) league. Our strategic focus is youth baseball and softball programs serving at-risk youth. The Astros Foundation welcomes volunteers and tax deductible donations, which can be made in honor or in memory of loved ones, as well as corporate donations or matching gifts. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/foundation.
ABOUT THE ASTROS URBAN YOUTH ACADEMY:
The Astros Urban Youth Academy (UYA), located at 2801 S. Victory Drive, Houston, TX 77088, is run by the Astros Foundation and provides free baseball and softball instruction, life skills training and academic support to Houston youth, with a focus on serving inner-city and at-risk children and teens. Baseball and softball camps, clinics and other activities are provided by experienced instructors. UYA staff also provides mentoring, leadership development and assistance with the college application process. The UYA's doors are open year-round free of charge to youngsters age 7 to 17 from the Houston area.
ABOUT THE ASTROS RBI PROGRAM:
The Astros Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program uses the sport of baseball and softball to promote healthy choices and valuable life skills including respect for others, non-violent conflict resolution, teamwork and resistance to drugs and alcohol, while learning and playing America's favorite pastime.