The Houston Astros 2012 CAREavan wrapped up another successful winter road trip with stops last Friday in Katy, Texas. The Astros CAREavan completed its annual tour making 47 stops in 13 cities over eight days, traveling more than 3,500 miles. More than 35 Astros players, alumni, coaches and front office staff participated in CAREavan.
The Houston Astros 2012 CAREavan hit the road on February 1, with three full days of visits throughout central and south Texas. The team made two-day trips to Austin (Feb. 1-2), Brownsville, Harlingen and McAllen (Feb. 1-2) and San Antonio (Feb. 2-3), and spent a day in Corpus Christi and Victoria (Feb. 3). Highlights included conducting several youth baseball clinics, visiting with military and pediatric patients at hospitals and serving fans lunch at Chick-fil-A.
During the CAREavan’s second week, the Astros traveled to Oklahoma City (Feb. 6) and visited with military personnel at Tinker Air Force Base, patients at Mercy Hospital and Oklahoma City RedHawks season ticket holders and sponsors. The week also included five, single-day trips in Houston, Sugar Land, Spring, Cypress and Katy. The local tours visited numerous schools for reading activities and Fielder’s Choice assemblies, conducted youth baseball clinics and made daily stops at Academy Sports + Outdoors stores for free autograph sessions.
The CAREavan experience, in pictures:
Austin: Dave Raymond, Jordan Lyles, J.B. Shuck, Kyle Weiland, Doug Brocail at Cedar Park Middle School.
Austin: Ronald McDonald House.
Brownsville: Fernando Rodriguez, Jose Altuve, Jimmy Paredes at Lucio Middle School.
San Antonio: Brett Dolan, J.A. Happ, Angel Sanchez, Jarred Cosart, Humberto Quintero, Larry Dierker at RBI San Antonio.
San Antonio Military Medical Center
Corpus Christi: Jim Crane signs an autograph for a young fan at the Hooks' luncheon.
Victoria: Shane Reynolds givis pitching tips at a Baseball and Softball clinic.
Oklahoma City: David Carpenter and Milo Hamilton.
Meeting with the Oklahoma City RedHawks fan base.
Houston: Bud Norris serves drive-thru customers at Chick-Fil-A.
Houston: Astros front office members and players participated in a "Careers in Baseball" seminar at Carver High School.
Sugar Land: Bud Norris, David Carpenter, Chris Johnson, Brett Wallace visit babies and new parents at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.
Sugar Land: Chris Johnson and Brett Wallace sign autographs at Academy Sports + Outdoors.
Spring: Brad Mills, Jason Bourgeois, J.D. Martinez, Brian Bogusevic, Jose Cruz at AVANCE-Southwest School.
Hanging with the kids at AVANCE.
Cypress: Jed Lowrie at a CAREavan Baseball and Softball Clinic.
Cypress: bilingual storytime with bilingual GM Jeff Luhnow.
Katy: Bill Brown, Jose Cruz and current Astros players participate in an assembly at Brookwood Community.
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