Fans are encouraged to bring new and “gently-used” sports equipment to the Texas Rangers’ winter caravan stop at Academy Sports and Outdoors in Garland on January 24 to help victims of the December 26 tornadoes in North Texas.
Elvis Andrus, Delino DeShields, Chris Gimenez and Ryan Rua are scheduled to sign autographs at the Academy store at 4920 North Garland Ave. in Garland from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. January 25.
Academy has contributed $5,000 towards the purchase of equipment as part of the relief effort, the Rangers press release says. The Rangers made a $25,000 donation to the American Red Cross and Salvation Army to aid the relief effort.
The rest of the winter caravan schedule, with Academy store address and players:
6:30-7:30 p.m. Friday: 4000 Preston Road, Frisco (Keone Kela, Tanner Scheppers, Shawn Tolleson)
10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday: 210 North New Road, Waco (Eric Nadel, Sam Freeman, Justin Ruggiano)
1:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday: 1650 N. Highway 77, Waxahachie (Eric Nadel, Sam Freeman, Justin Ruggiano)
Noon-1 p.m. Jan. 14: Dell Diamond, Round Rock, with paid admission (Banister, Shin-Soo Choo, Delino DeShields, Chris Gimenez, Derek Holland, Tom Grieve and Dave Raymond)
6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 15: 7523 N.W. Loop 410, San Antonio (Delino DeShields, Chris Gimenez, Derek Holland, Tom Grieve, Dave Raymond)
12:30-1:30 p.m. Jan. 16: 5400 Brodie Lane, Suite 100, Sunset Valley (Delino DeShields, Chris Gimenez, Derek Holland, Tom Grieve, Dave Raymond)
6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 20: 8050 Forest Lane, Dallas (Nick Martinez, Martin Perez, Eleno Ornelas)
6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 21: 1101 West Arbrook Boulevard, Arlington (Mitch Moreland, Tom Grieve, others TBA)
1:30-2:30 p.m. Jan. 24: 4920 North Garland Ave., Garland (Elvis Andrus, Delino DeShields, Chris Gimenez)
1:30-2:30 p.m. Jan. 24: 5836 North Tarrant Parkway, Fort Worth (Shin-Soo Choo, Sam Dyson)
5:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 25: 8668 South Broadway Avenue, Tyler (Matt Hicks, others TBA)
6-7 p.m. Jan. 28: 3950 John Knox Drive (at Cedar Run Road), Abilene (Robinson Chirinos, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Tom Wilhelmsen, Matt Hicks)
5-6 p.m. Jan. 29: 3201 Lawrence Road, Wichita Falls (Robinson Chirinos, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Tom Wilhelmsen, Matt Hicks)
Noon-1 p.m. Jan. 30: Dr Pepper Ballpark, Frisco (Jeff Banister, Steve Buechele, Sam Freeman, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Keone Kela and Tom Wilhelmsen, others TBA)
Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760