AB for Autism & HOLMANS Foundation for Autism Baseball Tournament
Alex Bregman, Albuquerque native, Houston Astros third baseman, World Series champion and winner of last year’s All-Star MVP game, teamed his charitable foundation (AB for Autism) up with HOLMANS Foundation for Autism to raise funds. On Memorial Day Weekend, we hosted a baseball tournament with proceeds benefitting children with Autism.
Memorial Day Weekend Charitable Baseball Tournament
Over Memorial Day Weekend, Alex Bregman, an Albuquerque native, hosted the AB for Autism Benefit Tournament, powered by HOLMANS Foundation for Autism.
100% of proceeds of the baseball tournament will support the purchase of double robotic machines for students with autism. These robots have helped such students attend class and stay connected with their peers and teachers without having to leave the comfort of their homes. These robots can also be used to help students who are too sick to attend school, like those who are terminally ill.
“These students have been able to participate in school parties and be connected to what happens at a high school,” said John Santoru, Vice President of HOLMANS USA and co-organizer of the tournament, “These are opportunities they would otherwise miss, so the robots really are life-changing.”
Bregman has a foundation of his own, AB For Autism, started in honor of his godson. Bregman’s passion for the cause as well as his love for his hometown led him to partner with the HOLMANS Foundation, which has provided hundreds of iPads to public school classrooms since 2013. The use of tablets in the classroom improves communication skills in children with autism and helps them to keep up with their peers educationally.
This isn’t the first time that Bregman has worked with the HOLMANS Foundation. Last year, he provided a local public-school student with the opportunity to meet him in Houston and watch him play. The student and his family and teacher were given VIP passes to the games, and Alex presented a signed jersey to the student on the field.
“We’re thrilled to work with Alex again,” said Anthony Trujillo, founder and president of HOLMANS Foundation for Autism. “It’s an honor to partner with someone who is passionate about changing lives and doing positive things for children in the community.”
- May 25-27
- 24 teams
- Format: 13U and 14U teams will get 3-pool play games, then move to a consolation game or bracket play.
- Players on both championship teams will receive an autographed 8×10 photo of Alex
- Price: $5/day and $10/weekend with kids 12 and under are free
Raffles and auction for Alex’s gear:
- On-site raffle tickets for signed memorabilia including autographed jersey, spikes, batting gloves and bat
- Online auction for signed memorabilia starts day before tourney and closes on Monday.
- Live auction for a signed jersey on-site
Contact: Annette Bumbarger at 505-343-3537
Location: Albuquerque Regional Sports Complex (ABQ119992, Albuquerque, NM 87120)
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