The Astros Community Leaders program will invest $18 million in city-owned public youth baseball and softball fields in disadvantaged areas of Houston over the course of five years. Jumpstarted by Astros Chairman Jim Crane late last year, the Community Leaders program is run by The Astros Foundation, the official team charity, and is a collaboration with Houston-based corporations and the City of Houston.
Construction at the first ball fields began in the fall of 2012. To date, eleven fields have been renovated through the Community Leaders program, with construction at additional fields already underway. These revitalized public youth baseball and softball fields serve thousands of at-risk youth in Houston.
In conjunction with the team charity's other cornerstone program, the Astros Urban Youth Academy, the Astros Foundation is also developing additional programming to serve the youth teams who play at these parks, including baseball and softball clinics with the Astros current players, alumni and UYA instructors, donated equipment and special events. The youth teams partnering with the Community Leaders program will receive complimentary tickets to Astros games at Minute Maid Park, and the Houston-based corporations in the Community Leaders program will also participate in occasional community service projects with their employees and other Astros Foundation-led special events at the fields.
The corporations participating in the Community Leaders Program include: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, Calpine Corporation, Champion Energy Services, Halliburton Charitable Foundation, Lexus, Nabors Industries, National Oilwell Varco, Occidental Petroleum Corporation and Schlumberger.