On June 5, 2002, the Houston Astros and the makers of Minute Maid announced that they had "expanded their relationship to create a long-term marketing and community partnership."
Program Overview
Scholarships
City League Sponsorship
Fundraising
Field Refurbishment

Minute Maid Grand Slam for Youth Baseball's youth outreach is centered in the following initiatives:

  • In 2005, MMGSFYB announced a scholarship program to assist greater Houston-area high school senior boys and girls with first-year college expenses. Annually, 25 - $2,500 scholarships are awarded. Since its inception, MMGSFYB has granted more than 180 scholarships to greater Houston area high school seniors. More than 75 of these scholarships have been first-generation recipients.
  • Sponsorship of the City of Houston Parks & Recreation Department's FREE Youth Baseball Program. For more than 10 years, Minute Maid Grand Slam for Youth Baseball has sponsored the City of Houston Parks & Recreation Department's youth baseball, softball and t‑ball program for youth ages 4‑18. MMGSFYB provides all t‑shirts, caps, equipment, instruction, clinics run by the Astros Foundation staff, Astros' current players and alumni along with marketing materials promoting the program. This free baseball and softball program is the only such program in the City of Houston and has been praised by city and state officials, and impacts more the 5,000 youngsters a year. Participants and their families also receive free tickets to Astros homes games ‑ providing many with the first time experience of attending a professional sports game.
  • MMGSFYB offers a unique fundraising opportunity to help qualified 501(c)(3) youth baseball/softball teams and leagues earn money for baseball/softball-related expenses by applying for a Minute Maid Product Grant. Qualifying teams and leagues could earn a minimum of $ 1,000 through this opportunity. Since 2002, MMGSFYB has generated more than $200,000 for Houston-area teams and leagues. Applications for grants may be accessed under the "Fundraising" tab on the Home Page.
  • Since 2009, MMGSFYB has been supporting the work of the Astros Urban Youth Academy (AUYA). In 2011, MMGSFYB spearheaded the construction of the Jimmy Wynn Training Center at AUYA where youth players can practice their hitting and fielding skills year round and in any weather.

Starting in 2013, MMGSFYB is supporting AUYA programing, which provides baseball and softball instruction, life skills training and academic support to Houston youth free of charge. AUYA is open year-round to boys and girls, ages 7 to 17. The Astros Foundation operates the AUYA and provides the AUYA staff, youth programing, equipment and uniforms. The AUYA is currently the only such organization run and funded in conjunction with a MLB team charity.

In 2014, Minute Maid established a "Minute Maid Fellow" at AUYA. This fellowship is designed for a college senior or a recent college graduate as a career launch, and is awarded to an outstanding applicant who wishes to gain experience working with inner city youth providing baseball instruction, life skills development and academic support. Under the direction of the AUYA staff, the Minute Maid Fellow participates in all aspects of MMGSFYB and AUYA programs conducting clinics, after school enrichment activities, supporting academic and leadership development and inspiring MMGSFYB college scholarship applicants. The Minute Maid Fellow also gains valuable corporate experience and insight into the for-profit business world through regular meetings and job shadowing of various Minute Maid associates at the Minute Maid Sugar Land headquarters.

  • The AUYA staff will be providing basic skills classes at the Aldines ISD Harris Academy. Harris Academy is a kindergarten through fourth grade elementary school with close to 500 students located adjacent to the AUYA and regularly assists the AUYA with facilities. The basic baseball skills training will be offered students as part of their regular physical education curriculum.
  • In the summer and fall of 2014, the AUYA will be offering group college prep seminars to area youth. These seminars will cover ACT/SAT skills, college application and scholarship information. These seminars will be open to area high school boys and girls.
  • MMGSFYB is also supporting the development of a youth baseball program-serving students at KIPP Explore Academy, a public charter school. KIPP Explore has a unique curriculum overlay that emphasizes the lessons of baseball. Minute Maid and the Astros Foundation awarded a $ 10,000 grant to the school to help develop the youth baseball program, provide clinics for coaches and supply the school with some needed baseball equipment.

As a bonus, the students at KIPP Explore are developing a youth-oriented "Minute Maid Baseball Quiz" which will be part of the Astros weekend game day experience for youth attending games at Minute Maid Park. The Minute Maid Baseball quizzes will be promoted in park before all home games, on radio and TV, email blasts and social media. The Astros Foundation staff manages the program and awards prizes at each weekend game for youth with the most correct answers, The Astros also provide free game tickets to KIPP Explore students, parents and teachers to home games.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@gsfyb.org