The Astros Foundation and the College Classic Announce naming rights agreement with Shriners Hospitals for Children
For the first time in the tournament's 16-year history, the 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children college Classic will be nationally televised on MLB Network.
Houston, TX (December 15, 2015). The Astros Foundation and Shriners Hospitals for Children have announced a multii-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 Astrols 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 made 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 Leaague 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 nolimitations to the goals they can accomplish."
The invite only tournament once again boasts a strong line up, featuring five teams that finished in the top 25 of D1base.com's (http://www.d1baseball.com/) 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 Renton, to name a few.
Houston Hospital Board of Governors member Don Rowan with National Patient Ambassador Katharine Koonce
Imperial Sir Kinny Craven with Galveston Hospital Board of Governors Vice Chairman Greg McEwen
Shriners Hospitals for Children patient ambassadors with Imperial Sir Kenny Craven, Imperian Potentate Jerry Gantt and Noble Dustin Johnson
2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic Schedule
Fri. Feb. 26 Houston @ Teas Tech 12:05 pm
UL Lafayette @ TCU 3:35 pm
Arkansas @ Rice 7:05 pm
Sat. Feb 27 Texas Tech @ UL Lafayette 12:05 pm
Houston @ Arkansas 3:35 pm
Rice @ TCU 7:05 pm
Sun. Feb 28 Arkansas @ Texas Tech 12:05 pm
TCU @ Houston 2:35 pm
UL Lafaytte @ Rice 6:05 pm
For more information about the tournament, please visit: Astros.com/CollegeClassic