Families of the Sunnyside community will come together for YOUTH BASEBALL and a FUN and EDUCATIONAL FAIR IN THE PARK as a result of partnership sponsors: Schlumberger, Houston Astros, A-Rocket Moving, WorleyParsons, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, City Council Member Dwight Boykins, Constable May Walker, Harris County Constable Office Precinct 7, South Central Sportz, Congressman Al Green, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Irving Logan, Sr – Houston Industrial Solutions, Pinnacle Pediatric Dentistry, Design Dental Group, Garfield Johnson, III, MD, Texas ENT Specialists, Inc., Paradise Funeral Home and Cemeteries, Mary and Stephen Auzenne, Johnson Funeral Home, Legacy Community Health, Santa Clara Clinic, and Port City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated to date.
“For our 16th season, youth ages 4-14 participated in the exciting South Central Sportz Opening Ceremonies – 14 teams named to honor the Negro League paraded on the field, heralded by the Energize for Excellence STEM marching band, culminating with many Special Guests – former MLB players, elected officials, and media personalities throwing of the first baseball to Open the Season.” said Cravon Rogers, President of South Central Sportz.
Special Guests confirmed to date welcoming the teams on the field at 10am for the Opening Ceremonies or participating at various times throughout the day, include Mayor Sylvester Turner, Former Astronaut Robert Satcher, MD, PhD; Kevin Bass Former MLB Houston Astros, Sherry Williams, KHOU News Team, U.S. Congressman Al Green, Houston City Council Member Dwight Boykins (cosponsor), Twila Carter, Executive Director, Astros Foundation; Daryl Wade, Director of Houston Astros Urban Youth Academy, Texas State Senator Borris Miles, Texas State Representative Shawn Thierry, Texas Southern University President Austin Lane, HISD School Board President Wanda Adams, Dr. James Douglas (former TSU President & Dean TMSL), Paula Harris, Schlumberger Director, Global Social Responsibility Programs, Cecil Cooper, Former Manager Houston Astros, Marion Harper, Houston Astros Foundation Community Affairs, Constable May Walker, City Council Member Larry Green, City Council Member Amanda Edwards.
According to Sabrina Loeb, President of the Port City Links, “this community event, which is cosponsored by City Councilmember Dwight Boykins, has expanded each year with the Port City Links Health, Education, and Science Fair as an exciting offering, now including Carnival features such as FREE Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Rock Climbing, SuperSlide, Face Painting, Carnival Games, Puppet shows, Jewelry-making, Science Fair Projects, FREE Summer Camp and Health Education Booths; Voter Registration, “I Want to Be An Engineer” Mobile Museum, as well as health screening booths. NASA, MD Anderson, METRO, HISD Food Services, University Museum at TSU, Landry’s Downtown Aquarium, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Nightlight Pediatric Urgent Care, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Beal Consulting, Family Health and Wellness Center-Dr. Stacey Jones, are just a few of the over 40 organizations with booths which will participate! Booths have giveaways for children and adults as well as drawings which included several door prizes including a GRAND PRIZE of 2 BMX bikes and 2 $100 HEB grocery gift cards.”
The crowd will also enjoy the Ensemble Theater Young Performers Program, and the MD Anderson “Too Kool to Smoke” Puppet Show performances. Complimentary hot dogs will be provided by Port City Links for all park guests.
Over 800 participants of all ages are expected to attend this annual community-wide event!” Adding excitement, radio stations on air personalities will broadcast live interviews from the Fair including Majic 102, and 97.9 the Box. Other surprises are in store that promote the health of the community and encourage participation in youth sports.