Astros host donation drive for youth teams

May 20, 2012 9:10:37 PM PDT
With summer vacation just a few days away, thousands of children will be spending their break playing baseball, but not all of them have access to the right equipment.

The Houston Astros are trying to change that.

Watching big leaguers can lead to big time dreams for little leaguers, but before they can play, they have to be well-prepared.

"There's so many kids that would like to play ball, but they don't have the money to do it," Little League Coach Juan Macias said.

Macias and his young players are lucky, but they know that a lot of other kids need help. That was the focus of an equipment donation drive at Minute Maid Park during today's game against the Texas Rangers.

The Astros collected new and gently used equipment for the youth baseball and softball programs of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. Those fan donations will compliment the more than 200 gloves already donated by Academy and a $5,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund.

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