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Astros Recognize Roberto Clemente's Community Service Leadership With Projects Aimed At Helping Houston
09/09/2011 5:00 PM ET

Next week, the Houston Astros will celebrate the life, leadership and service of Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente with two community projects aimed at serving others. In addition on September 14, the Astros will announce and celebrate the team's 2011 Roberto Clemente Award nominee for capturing Clemente's spirit through his own community service efforts. The Astros will also recognize two fans that were nominated for the "Astros Community Champion Award" for their philanthropic efforts. Members of Roberto Clemente's family, Osvaldo Clemente (nephew), Nilsa Clemente (niece), Kalia Clemente (grandniece) and Cynthia Clemente (grandniece) will participate in the pregame ceremonies.

The Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet recognizes players who best represent the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to their Clubs. The award is named for the 12-time All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. The award pays tribute to Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing talented current players who truly understand the value of helping others.

Guided by Clemente's example, the Astros are hosting a food drive for the Houston Food Bank during the Philadelphia Phillies series, September 12-14. Fans can participate by bringing canned goods or other non-perishable food with them to the games and the items along with cash donations will be collected at the entrance gates. All donated food, with the help of the Houston Food Bank, will be directed to the Montgomery County Food Bank to assist in that area's wildfire relief efforts. Anyone donating to the food drive will receive a special discount ticket offer for the final home games of the season, September 22-25 vs. Colorado Rockies and September 26-28 vs. St. Louis Cardinals.

On Thursday, September 15, Astros front office staff along with Spanish radio broadcasters Alex Trevino and Francisco Romero, working with the Tejano Center for Community Concerns, will provide and serve lunch to a group of approximately 50 elderly residents of the Nueva Vida senior citizen apartment community. The Tejano Center for Community Concerns was established in 1992 in response to social, economic, education, and housing concerns identified by neighborhood residents of the predominately Hispanic East End. Many living at Nueva Vida make ends meet with the help of the Tejano Center for Community Concerns.

Astros Also Initiate Relief Efforts for Area Wildfire Victims

In addition to the food drive September 12-14, benefiting the Montgomery County Food Bank and area wildfire victims, the Astros will activate additional relief efforts for fire victims throughout central Texas during the team's final homestand. Initial plans include:

  • Online auction benefitting the Montgomery County United Way fund established for area fire victims, September 19-28.
  • Food, supplies and cash collection for the Montgomery County Food Bank, September 23-25.
  • Text-to-donate campaign to benefit the United Way Capital Area Texas Wildlife Relief Fund serving a 10-county area comprised of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Llano, Travis, and Williamson counties.

Additional details and other fundraising support announced in the coming days.

Astros in the Community

The Houston Astros consider being a meaningful part of the community just as important as throwing strikes and hitting home runs. Throughout the year, Astros players, broadcasters, alumni and front office staff partner with a myriad of non-profit and civic groups around the region activating around the area's needs and helping make the community a better place to live.

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