Since coming up in 2015, Carlos Correa is doing everything he can on the field to help bring the Houston Astros back to prominence.
The former first overall draft pick has lit it up since the beginning of his big league career, winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 2015. He made his debut at the tender age of 20, and turned 21 during his rookie campaign, which made him the youngest player in Major League Baseball history to hit a postseason home run, the second-youngest player to hit more than one home run in a playoff game and the following season he became the youngest player in Astros history to go deep on Opening Day.
Since calling Houston home, Carlos has been hitting the ball out of the park off the field as well. In July 2015, just over a month after being called up to the majors, Carlos supported the Houston Salvation Army’s efforts to help those in need. Just last season, Correa teamed up with the Houston Children’s Charity’s “A Better Night’s Sleep Program” to ensure one thing – children in the Houston area were getting a good night’s sleep.
Through this program, Correa pledged to provide 150 local children with mattresses, frames, sheets, pillows and blankets.
“It was a really special moment for me and something I’ve always wanted to do,” Correa said at the distribution event on May 7, 2016. “It was an unbelievable experience.”
The program, which has been in existence since 2007, is the first of its kind. According to the charity’s official website, “there is no other existing program in the Houston area providing brand new twin beds and bedding on a monthly basis to children in need.”
Growing up in Puerto Rico, Correa’s family had a low income, which forced Carlos’ dad to take on several jobs at a time. He said it was through his childhood experiences that made teaming up with Houston Children’s Charity such an easy decision.
“It means everything to me,” Correa said. “I come from nothing. I know what these kids feel. It’s obviously a tougher situation than mine was, but I can identify.”
Earlier this month, Correa tapped back into his connection with the Salvation Army and donated over 200 beds to youth back home in Puerto Rico.
We did it! 200+ beds given to kids without beds in my dear island. Future athletes also need some rest😴. Thanks to #salvationarmypr @roomstogopr @mattressfirm, to my family and volunteers for an awesome job!🙏🏼 Lo logramos! más de 200 camitas entregadas a niños en 11 pueblos de mi isla #atrapandosueños Gracias a #salvationarmypr @roomstogopr @mattressfirm y a toda mi familia y voluntarios por tremenda labor. 🙏🏼
You can learn more about the “A Better Night’s Sleep” program, here.
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