The Texas A&M International University baseball and softball teams are holding a special event this weekend hoping to raise money for war veterans. Our Ryan Bailey went to the TAMIU campus to learn more about the event and the charity that will benefit from the proceeds on Saturday.
Saturday afternoon will be a time to honor all those war veterans in the Laredo area.
"We have some veterans from the Vietnam War, Afghanistan, Iraq and Desert Storm and we're going to have a pre game ceremony with a first pitch with them."
Not only will they be honored but all veterans and their families will be able to watch the games for free just by showing their military ID.
"We know we have a lot of military families around here and let them know they can come out and watch a free day of baseball and softball and if they don't know about Operation Homefront, they can learn about what this outstanding non profit does for the citizens of our state."
The softball team will be wearing special uniforms, with their opponents joining in as well.
"We'll have some camouflage t-shirts out here with TAMIU Dustdevils written on them. Our players will be wearing the camy's, the cameos and so will St. Mary's also."
The funds they raise through raffles and t-shirt sales will go to the benefit Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization that looks to help military families through difficult financial times.
"Enlisted military families are not getting rich and there are times when they need help paying a bill or buying groceries."
“Any time we get a chance to help out in any small way we can, we try and do it."
"We hope everyone can come out and enjoy a great day of baseball and softball and a great event for our community."
Ryan Bailey, Laredo's pro 8 news.
First pitch for Saturday’s baseball game is scheduled for noon, while the softball game will begin an hour later at one. Families with members in the armed services get in free with a military ID, while admission for the general public is $5.