Houston, TX (December 15, 2015) The Astros Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children have announced a multi-year naming rights agreement for the annual Houston College Classic held at Minute Maid Park, renaming the tournament the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic. The Astros Foundation will continue to operate the tournament.
The Astros Foundation has also reached an agreement with MLB Network to air all nine games of the 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic. The Astros Foundation will donate $1 from the sale of each ticket directly to Shriners Hospitals as well as provide other fundraising and awareness opportunities.
The Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic returns to Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, Feb. 26-28, 2016. This event is regarded as one of the top collegiate baseball tournaments in the nation, as it continues to draw fans, top-ranked programs and scouts from every Major League organization each year.
“On behalf of the Astros Foundation, we are grateful to Shriners Hospitals for Children for their generous support of the College Classic,” said Twila Carter, executive director of the Astros Foundation. “Shriners Hospitals has had a long history with supporting collegiate athletics as a platform to raise awareness for their mission, making this a perfect fit for both organizations.”
“This event provides a wonderful platform for us to share our story of caring for more than one million children at our 22 Shriners Hospitals locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico,” said Jerry Gantt, chairman of the board of directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Our agreement with the Astros Foundation will help us advance our mission of helping children lead active, healthy lives and accept no limitations to the goals they can accomplish.”
The invite only tournament once again boasts a strong lineup, featuring five teams that finished in the top 25 of D1baseball.com’s final rankings in 2015. The 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic will include TCU (#4), Arkansas (#9), UL Lafayette (#16), Houston (#22), Rice (#25) and Texas Tech.
Last year’s College Classic featured two of the top three teams ranked in the preseason top 25. Historically, the College Classic has hosted the No. 1 team in preseason polls six times in tournament history and has hosted two eventual College World Series Champions. Several current Major League players have played in the Classic, including David Price, Michael Bourn, Gerrit Cole, Mike Leake and Anthony Rendon, to name a few.
2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic Schedule*
| Fri., Feb. 26
||Houston at Texas Tech
UL Lafayette at TCU
Arkansas at Rice
| Sat., Feb. 27
||Texas Tech and UL Lafayette
Houston at Arkansas
Rice at TCU
| Sun., Feb. 28
||Arkansas at Texas Tech
TCU at Houston
UL Lafayette at Rice
Tickets are NOW on sale and can be purchased by visiting Astros.com/CollegeClassic.
About Houston Astros Foundation
The Astros Foundation (TAF) is the official 501(c)(3) team charity of the Houston Astros. TAF seeks to harness the passion of baseball fans to support youth baseball and softball programs serving at risk children and teens. Our cornerstone initiatives include the Community Leaders program, the Astros Urban Youth Academy and the Astros RBI Program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities).
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico, provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Learn more at ShrinersHospitalsforChildren.org.