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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Follow the Zach Levine of the Future with us?

The Astros under Drayton McLane have been involved in the community in a variety of ways. The first several pages of the team's media guide highlight the activities of the Astros in Action foundation and the Astros Go Green program.

Having read about this involvement, it was great this season to experience their community involvement first hand.

In April 2011, Alyson Footer, the Astros Senior Director of Social Media generously donated an auction item to the PTA of the school which my children attend. Naturally, the package that Footer and the Astros donated included tickets to an Astros game. However, in addition, the high bidder also received pre-game access to batting practice, the manager's media session and a chance to interview a player.

The prize was redeemed at Saturday's game against Milwaukee. As you can see from the photo above (taken by Footer), the kindergarten-age student was going toe-to-toe with Zach Levine and the Houston media contingent.

After grilling Brad Mills, the young journalist moved on to tackle Brian Bogusevic. He found out that Bogusevic's favorite subject was math and his favorite superhero is Superman. I assume he ran out of time before being able to ask Bogusevic if he would like to start against left-handers more often.

Many thanks to Alyson Footer for going above and beyond what would be expected to help the Astros be involved in the community.

Just to clarify, Farmstros did coordinate this auction item with Alyson Footer, but the prize was actually purchased by another parent at the school. These are pictures of that child.

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