COPY-Pujols Foundation plans to expand

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Albert Pujols is gone from St. Louis, but the former Cardinals star still has his Pujols Family Foundation in the Gateway City. Now, it is about to expand.

The foundation primarily serves people with Down syndrome. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports that foundation officials plans to start operations by the end of the year in Kansas City, Nashville and Southern California.

Pujols went to high school in the Kansas City area and now plays for the Los Angeles Angels. The Nashville connection wasn't immediately clear.

Pujols and his wife, Deidre, started the foundation seven years ago in honor of their daughter, Bella, who has Down syndrome.

The foundation also funds anti-poverty, medical and youth baseball programs in Pujols' native Dominican Republic.

Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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