Lance McCuller Jr. and José Altuve Team up for Kids and K9s
HOUSTON — Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. may seem like an unlikely pair. They’re from different countries, play different positions and took different paths to the big leagues — Altuve as a 16-year-old Venezuelan who wouldn’t take no for an answer, and McCullers as the can’t-miss son of a Major League pitcher who was a high Draft pick.
The two rising stars joined forces on Thursday night with several of their teammates at a charity event they organized called “Team Up for Kids and K9s,” which raised money for respective their foundations. It was held at Tootsies, a designer women’s clothing store.
“It’s just two Astros teammates coming together that want to give back to the Houston community, and we thought it would be good to do an event together and shine the spotlight on some awesome causes,” said McCullers, who was joined by his wife, Kara.
The Lance McCullers Jr. Foundation, a non-profit organization managed by Athletes and Causes, supports pet shelters in Houston. Meanwhile, Altuve unveiled the Jose Altuve Foundation, which on Thursday was raising money to support the Sunshine Kids, a foundation that benefits kids with cancer.
“I’m very proud of this first event and be with Lance and my teammates,” said Altuve, who was escorted by his wife, Nina. “It is great and I appreciate his support and everybody that is here.”