Astros bring support, smiles to Uvalde community

James Volz|Leader-News
Uvalde youngsters and adults line up to accept Houston Astros gear that was part of the giveaway sponsored by the Houston Astros Foundation in Uvalde Memorial Park last Friday afternoon. Members of the Houston Astros professional baseball club, the Houston Astros Foundation, and the Astros Youth Academy were in Uvalde to show their support for the community following the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School.

The Houston Astros were in Uvalde last Friday afternoon to show their support for the community in light of the May 24 tragedy of Robb Elementary.

Members of the professional baseball organization were at several different locations in the community, including Robb Elementary School, Uvalde Memorial Park, the Willie De Leon Civic Center, HEB, and Uvalde Memorial Hospital.

The Houston Astros Foundation set up a booth at the park to offer free Astros gear and memorabilia, including baseball caps, towels, plastic baseball bats and balls, and many other items to Uvalde youngsters and adults. Members of the Astros Youth Academy were also on hand to assist with the distribution of products and to interact with youngsters at the park.

They put together a pick-up baseball game and encouraged youngsters to participate with them in the play-ball event.

Uvalde High School head baseball coach Sart Perez III, members of his staff, and high school baseball players were at the park to assist the Astros Youth Academy players.

Whataburger had a booth at the park where they distributed free food.

Near the HEB entrance, the Astros Foundation had another both set up to give away Astros gear and memorabilia. HEB also gave out free ice cream in association with the Astros Foundation giveaway.

Members of the Astros organization front office, including the owner of the team, Jim Crane, visited the Robb Elementary School memorial site and visited Uvalde Memorial Park to visit with Astros fans at the park. The Astros sponsored a private brunch at the Willie De Leon Civic Center for family and friends of the children and teachers who were killed and injured as a result of the May 24 tragedy at Robb Elementary School.At a private event at Uvalde Memorial Hospital, the Astros mascot Orbit and members of the Coca-Cola Shooting Stars were on hand to meet with patients, doctors, and nurses.

James volz|Leader-news
A batter prepares to hit the ball during a pick-up game of baseball at Uvalde Memorial Park on Friday.