With baseball star Albert Pujols leaving St. Louis, Cardinals fans with Down syndrome fear they have more to lose than most.

The first baseman, who has a 13-year-old daughter with the chromosomal disorder, has been a major driver in the St. Louis Down syndrome community since creating a foundation there in 2005.

The group offers a slew of recreational activities and classes for kids with Down syndrome, everything from cooking and self-defense courses to an annual prom for teens. In 2009 alone, the Pujols Family Foundation spent more than $500,000 hosting upwards of 60 events in St. Louis.

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But with Pujols signing a reported $250 million deal Thursday to play for the Los Angeles Angels, it’s not entirely clear what the future holds.

Foundation officials say they have no intention of abandoning the St. Louis community, but indicate that their efforts could grow to include Los Angeles activities as well, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. To read more click here.

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