Developed by Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane, the Community Leaders program seeks to provide the next generation of young athletes with the environment and resources they need to develop physically and mentally. Baseball and softball teach young players the importance of teamwork, perseverance and commitment, principles that will serve them not only on the field, but throughout their lives.
The Community Leaders program has grown significantly since its inception in 2013. Through the help of its generous corporate partners, the program now impacts thousands of children and their youth baseball and softball leagues throughout the city, providing additional resources, instructional player and coaching clinics, infrastructure enhancements, uniforms and equipment. The Community Leaders program has expanded its footprint and scope to include established community centers and youth programs throughout Greater Houston, and provides tens of thousands of uniforms and equipment to children at no cost.
For its efforts, the Community Leaders program received the 2017 Allan H. Selig Award for Philanthropic Excellence, Major League Baseball's highest honor for the charitable efforts of its clubs.
The Astros Community Leaders partners are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, Champion Energy Services, Cheniere, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Halliburton, Lexus, LyondellBasell, Occidental, Quanta Services and Schlumberger.