Astros honor MLK by sprucing up little league park


by staff

Posted on January 20, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 20 at 5:40 PM

HOUSTON – Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is... what are you doing for others?”

So on the day we honor Dr. King’s legacy, we visited a little league park, where big leaguers, the Houston Astros, are giving back.

Baseball is the game, but on Monday, members of the Astros staff were using a little elbow grease. They came to the little league ballpark in northwest Houston to spruce things up.

“It’s great to be out here on the day when we are honoring Dr. King and actually giving back to the community as well,” Astros Manager Bo Porter said.

Even a couple of legends stopped by like former player Jimmy Wynn.

“It’s wonderful that we give our time back to the fans, like we are supposed to. Our time is precious, but not as precious as what we are doing out here,” Wynn said.

They are putting up a new fence at the ballpark, one of several around Houston being run by Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy.

The academy is MLB’s way of getting children interested in the game, and so much more.

“It’s definitely good character building, gets them around other kids and actually give them some structure, so it gives them someplace to be and being able to grow that way,” Duane Stelly, with Urban Youth Academy, said.

Helping them to reach their potential and their dreams on a day when the nation remembers the man who spoke so eloquently about dreams.