After a rainy start to the week the sun shone brightly on HISD students from Young Elementary School on Wednesday as they were treated to a visit from Houston Astros star outfielder Myles Straw and mascot Orbit to help kick off the “Wins for Kids” Initiative.
Chevron and the Houston Astros Foundation have teamed up to launch the new program, which invests in local youth organizations. Throughout the 2019 season, they will each donate $500 for every Astros win to a local youth charity.
Young Elementary was chosen to be the initiative’s first recipient.
“We are in a community that is in desperate need of resources and support,” Principal Shanica Mitchell said. “A number of our students live in the local Star of Hope shelter.”
Throughout the morning, the Astros Orbit Team led students through an educational show filled fun activities, games and a dance off between teachers and Orbit.
“The best part was meeting orbit and going up on the stage to say thank you,” student Marcus Matthews said.
Each student was gifted a backpack with items from Chevron and the Astros Foundation, as well as a five-pack of new underwear from Undies for Everyone, an organization that provides clean, new underwear to Houston and Dallas people in need. “Seeing those kids smile means everything,” Outfielder Myles Straw said. “We’re here for the kids and to see them happy makes us all happy.”