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Grand Slam for Youth Baseball

Our Mission:

Grand Slam for Youth Baseball makes it easier for boys and girls to play, learn about and experience baseball, thus seeking to foster self-confidence, involvement, teamwork and fun among area children.

Information and applications related to Grand Slam for Youth Baseball can also be found at www.gsfyb.com

OVERVIEW

The Houston Astros and the makers of Minute Maid came together in 2002 and created Grand Slam for Youth Baseball, a four-part program designed to bring the benefits of the National Pastime to the young people of Greater Houston. Grand Slam for Youth Baseball makes it easier for boys and girls to play, learn about and experience baseball, thus seeking to foster self-confidence, involvement, teamwork, and fun among youth in Houston and the surrounding areas.

Entering the 2011 season, Minute Maid and the Astros In Action Foundation have donated more than $2.4 million of support to Houston area baseball and softball.

GSFYB

Grand Slam for Youth Baseball is comprised of the following four components:

  • Sponsorship of the City of Houston Parks & Recreation Department's Youth Baseball Program

The 2011 season marks the ninth year Grand Slam for Youth Baseball has sponsored the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department's free youth baseball, softball and t-ball program for kids ages 4-18. GSFYB provides all t-shirts, caps and equipment for the program. More than 4,000 Houston-area boys and girls benefit from the program each year.

For more information about the Houston Parks and Recreation Department's Youth Baseball Program, please call 713-865-4517 or 713-865-4512.

  • Refurbishment of one youth ball field each year

The Astros and Minute Maid, through GSFYB, have pledged to refurbish one youth ball field a year by providing landscaping, renovating facilities or helping with other needs. Employees of both organizations assist in the refurbishment efforts.

The first youth ball field to be refurbished through GSFYB was Settegast Park Ball Field in 2003 located in Houston's East End, only blocks from Minute Maid Park. Other refurbishment projects include:

2004 - Northeast Family YMCA
Located on Tidwell near Wayside, this refurbished field was dedicated on April 2.
2005 - La Marque Little League's Bobby Beach Memorial Stadium
Field refurbishment included renovating bleachers, replacing fences, modifying dugouts, replacing the scoreboard, installing a flagpole, painting buildings and reworking and improving the field.
2006 - St. Monica Catholic Church Youth Baseball Fields #1 and #2
In the Acres Homes area of north Houston, GSFYB renovated St. Monica's fields by installing permanent fencing, an electronic scoreboard, bleachers with railings, dugout covers and a flagpole.
2007 - John Havard Field
Rededicated in 2007, John Havard Field is part of The Boys and Girls Club of Houston, Morefield Unit. It is located near Monte Beach Park, just west of I-45 on Airline Drive.
2008 - L.S. Stiles Field
This field located in southwest Houston is part of the Alief Youth Association. Refurbishment included new fencing and bleachers; complete field leveling and putting in sod; installing an irrigation system, electronic scoreboard and flagpole.
Colombo Field
2009 - First Colony Little League Baseball Complex, Dream League (DL) Field 1
Renovations to this field in Ft. Bend County made it more accessible for physically-challenged kids with special needs. Field upgrades included rebuilding and enlarging the dugouts, expanding the spectator viewing area and adding accessible seating, adding fencing and repairing turf.
2010 - Hurricane Ike Refurbishment
In 2010, GSFYB came to Galveston Island and refurbished two different little league fields, Colombo and Buccaneer, that were damaged by Hurricane Ike. In addition, Grand Slam For Youth Baseball made $10,000 awards to three outlying little leagues that sustained field infrastructure damage as a result of Hurricane Ike. The cash grants to Lumberton Little League, Chambers County Youth Baseball Association and Nacogdoches Youth Baseball Association helped the leagues get back on their feet and provide safe play for kids.
JWTC
2011 - Jimmy Wynn Training Center
The 2011 project was the addition of the Jimmy Wynn Training Center (JWTC) to the Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy. The JWTC is a 4,341 square foot multi-purpose training facility featuring cable suspended batting cages, pitching machines and wall-to-wall turf. The addition of this facility to the Houston Astros MLB Urban Youth Academy will allow more youth to experience the game of baseball in Houston.
Download GSFYB Field Makeover Application
  • Scholarship program

Scholarship Winners

The Grand Slam for Youth Baseball Scholarship program was launched in 2005 to assist Houston-area high school senior boys and girls with college expenses. Through the program, Minute Maid and the Astros in Action Foundation fund and support individual $2,500 college scholarships each year. In 2011, a record 25 youth received scholarships and since the program's inception, over $312,500 has been granted to young students.

Download GSFYB Scholarship Application
  • Unique fundraising opportunity for youth baseball/softball teams and leagues

Through GSFYB, the Astros and Minute Maid offer unique fundraising opportunities to help qualified 501(c)3 youth baseball and softball teams and leagues raise money for baseball/softball-related expenses. This piece of the GSFYB program has generated more than $175,000 in proceeds for Houston area leagues and teams.

For more information on any of these programs or to apply for fundraising opportunities, please call 713-259-8956.