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Young Cub Scout throws out first pitch

Rafe Nobles Kotalik, a six-year-old Tiger Cub Scout threw out the first pitch Wednesday as the May Hometown Hero.

The Astros in Action Foundation honors an area citizen each month who goes above and beyond by performing extraordinary acts in their community.

Kotalik earned more than 50 awards this year, including the Cub Scout Good Turn Award, the Tiger Super Achiever Award, and is a Gold level recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.

His most recent charitable efforts included a drive that collected more than one ton of food and 1,500 books for Texas Children's Hospital in honor of his friend with Batten Disease, and raised more than $2,000 in the Walk for Lupus Now this past weekend.