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.

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