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Nats In Your Neighborhood



The Washington Nationals are committed to enhancing the quality of life for citizens in the Washington, D.C. region. Our primary focus is on initiatives that honor military families, encourage youth participation in baseball and softball, and support K-12 education.

Military Initiatives

As the home of the national pastime in the Nation's Capital, the Washington Nationals are proud to work with the large community of military bases, installations and hospitals that serve as permanent or temporary homes to military service members and their families living in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area.



Salute to Service

The Nationals offer premium seating in the Lexus Presidents Club for select military groups and their families during every home game. The tickets include a gourmet buffet, complimentary in-seat food and beverage service, and views of the underground batting cages and post-game press conference. At the end of the third inning, honorees are recognized on NatsHD and receive a standing ovation from fans.

Tickets are allocated through military hospitals and support organizations and are not available for individual distribution.

Patriotic Series presented by SAIC

Encouraging fans to celebrate the American spirit while enjoying the national pastime at Nationals Park, this series utilizes on-field programming and pregame assets, themed giveaways, and patriotic uniforms to honor service members and their families.

  • April 17: Military Appreciation Day
  • May 23: Women in the Military
  • July 4: Independence Day
  • September 9: Heroes Day

Military Branch Days delivered by UPS

The Nationals dedicate one game a year to each of the five branches of the military. The team works closely with military partners to highlight the individuals and ideals that are unique to each branch.

  • May 8: U.S. Navy Day
  • June 1: U.S. Army Day
  • July 21: U.S. Marine Corps Day
  • August 6: U.S. Coast Guard Day
  • September 18: U.S. Air Force Day

Me and a Friend Program

In partnership with USO of Metropolitan Washington, this program recognizes the challenges that military children face as they continually relocate due to their parents' military assignments. The Nationals provide tickets to children of active duty service members for every Sunday game of the season, giving them the opportunity to use the free tickets to connect with peers and help make new friends. The group is also first in line for Kids Run the Bases after the game.


Player Visits

Nationals players have embraced opportunities to show their personal support for our nation's heroes.

Throughout the season, players visit with wounded veterans and their families at hospitals and at the ballpark. These visits frequently transition into deeper relationships between players and veterans.

Discounted Game Tickets

Military service members receive deeply discounted Nationals tickets available exclusively to them and their families. Tickets can be purchased through MWR and ITT offices at area bases and the Pentagon or online here. Most ticket levels also include a food and beverage credit to reduce the total cost of the outing.

For more information on the Nationals Military ticket discounts, please contact 202.675.NATS(6287) or ticketinfo@nationals.com.

Youth Baseball & Softball

Washington Nationals Uniform Program

In 2015 the Nationals launched the Youth Baseball Uniform program. In an effort to support and promote kids playing baseball in the District, the Nationals are providing, at no cost to the leagues, a Nationals tee shirt or jersey and cap to EVERY child playing baseball or softball in a District of Columbia sanctioned Little League or the District of Columbia Parks and Recreation Rookie League.

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Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Clinics

Youth baseball and softball athletes from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia as well as local military children take part in free clinics at Nationals Park throughout the season. Participants receive hands-on instruction from Nationals coaches, who offer tips on the art of batting, fielding, pitching and base running.

  • Medstar Youth Baseball Clinics - The Nationals host a series of youth clinics as part of the team's efforts to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball programs around the D.C. region. Nationals' coaches work with local youth baseball coaches in presenting clinics to children ages eight through 14. Clinics are free and include on-field instruction, four tickets to a Nationals home game and a post-clinic autograph session with a Nationals player. Registration is not open to the public.
  • Strength and Conditioning Clinic - Strength and Conditioning Coach John Philbin conducts a strength and fitness clinic for competitive high school age players. During the two-hour session student-athletes, in the Washington D.C. area, learn various baseball specific exercises, drills and techniques to maintain and enhance their body through the rigors of a baseball season. Registration is not open to the public.
  • Field Maintenance Clinic - Developed in 2013, the Nationals and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) partner to host the Field Maintenance Clinic at Nationals Park. Nationals groundskeepers instruct adult representatives from local youth baseball and softball leagues on the fundamentals of groundskeeping, including proper maintenance techniques to keep fields in playable condition. BTF also provides a $10,000 grant to a local non-profit organization for the upkeep and renovation of a baseball field in the District of Columbia. Registration is not open to the public.
  • PLAY Clinic - Developed by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in 2004, PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) was designed to encourage youth throughout the country to be active, eat right, sustain a healthy lifestyle and stay away from performance enhancing drugs. During the clinic local youth ages eight through 14 participate in baseball training and receive lessons on health and conditioning from Nationals players and trainers as well as PLAY staff. Registration is not open to the public.
  • MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Competition - The MLB Pitch, Hit and Run (PHR) program provides children ages seven through 14 the opportunity to showcase their baseball talents in a free nationwide skills competition. The winners move on to the national finals at the MLB All-Star Game. Contact your local youth baseball or softball organization for further details.
  • Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Clinic - In coordination with the MLBPAA, the Nationals host the Legends for Youth Clinic for DC-area youth ages eight through 14. Registration is not open to the public.

Washington Nationals Champions Day

The Champions Day series is a Washington Nationals program that recognizes area teams that have won championship titles. On two pre-selected dates during the season, eligible teams are invited to Nationals Park to participate in an on-field, pregame recognition ceremony. Teams receive a receive a DVD copy of the Champions Day pregame ceremony, team picture at Nationals Park, a Washington Nationals Champions Day T-shirt and a discounted ticket loaded with a special meal deal.

    2014 HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONS

    Baseball
  • St. John's College High School: Washington D.C.
  • Reservoir High School: Maryland (1A)
  • Softball
  • National Cathedral School: Washington D.C.
  • Northern High School: Maryland (3A)
    2014 YOUTH BASEBALL CHAMPIONS

    Baseball
  • Northwest Little League: District of Columbia Little League Champions
  • Tuckahoe Little League: Virginia State Little League Champions
  • West Salisbury Little League: Maryland State Little League Champions
  • Winchester Babe Ruth: Virginia State Cal Ripken Majors-70 Champions
  • Halifax County Babe Ruth: Virginia State Cal Ripken Majors-60 Champions
  • Shenandoah Babe Ruth: Virginia State Babe Ruth Softball Champions

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Education Initiatives

DC Public Library's Summer Reading program

The Nationals sponsor the DC Public Library's Summer Reading program. Summer is a great time for kids to get caught up in a good book, and those registered in the Summer Reading program that have read at least eight hours will receive a Summer Reading ticket voucher from their library for two free tickets to a Nationals game!

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Everybody Wins! DC

The Nationals continue their partnership with Everybody Wins! DC, the largest children's literacy and mentoring organization in the metropolitan area. Front office staff volunteer their time to serve as reading mentors for students at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School as part of the Power Lunch Program.

Player Programs

Ian Desmond

Ian's Academy All-Stars is a season-long program that gives scholar-athletes from the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, where Ian sits on the Board of Directors, the opportunity to enjoy a Nationals baseball game. The group enjoys a private meet and greet with Desmond as well as a special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

In 2012 thanks to Twitter, a unique friendship developed between Ian and Ethan Brown, a 20-year-old man with Neurofibromatosis. The two have since formed a bond that is more akin to that of brothers. In May 2014, in honor of Neurofibromatosis Month, Ian decided to take to social media to help Ethan once again, but this time, he wanted to extend his influence. He, along with Nationals bloggers at Nats Archives, created the #ENDNF campaign through crowdfunding site Indiegogo. With the help of Nationals fans and NF awareness supporters around the country, the group raised more than $32,000 - 322% of the campaign's goal of $10,000 - for NF awareness and the Children's Tumor Fund over the span of one month.


Bryce Harper

In partnership with the Nationals and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Bryce Harper hosts Harper's Heroes, a season-long program that treats families affected by childhood cancers to a fun-filled day at Nationals Park. The VIP experience includes a private meet and greet with Harper as well as a special batting practice viewing, T-shirts and tickets to the game, complete with NatsBucks.


Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer has partnered with the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation for a new program called Baseball Cards for a Cause. Through this program, Max signs baseball cards sent to him through the mail in exchange for a donation to the Dream Foundation. At the end of the regular season, Max will match all funds raised through Baseball Cards for a Cause with a donation to the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

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Biking for Baseball is a 501(c) 3 non-profit that promotes and empowers youth and youth mentoring programs through cycling, baseball, and coaching. The organization believes that Every Kid Needs a Coach. Max and Erica Scherzer believe the same and have supported the cause for a number of years.

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Denard Span

Founded by Denard Span, Span's Fans is a season-long, once-a-month program that treats children from single-parent families to a day of Nationals baseball. The group enjoys a private meet and greet with Span as well as a special batting practice viewing, tickets and NatsBucks.

In 2014, Span started the Denard Span Foundation to provide hope and encouragement to single parents while empowering them to raise confident children within strong families and better communities. The foundation envisions communities where single parents, regardless of gender, and their children are able to reach their full potential.


Craig Stammen

All season long Nationals reliever Craig Stammen hosts military families from Defending the Baseline. Stammen first got involved with the organization after traveling on the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff's 2012 USO Holiday Tour. Every month, he invites families to view on-field batting practice and provides them with tickets to the game and NatsBucks.


Jayson Werth

In 2015, Jayson is hosting a new program providing families from Shelter House a brief reprieve from their difficult circumstances. Every month, Jayson and Pals offers families tickets, NatsBucks and on-field batting practice viewing along with a private meet and greet opportunity. Shelter House provides crisis intervention, safe housing and supportive services to promote self-sufficiency for homeless families and victims of domestic violence.


Ryan Zimmerman

Ryan's commitment to the community is best illustrated through his work with the ziMS Foundation, which he founded in 2006, his first full season in the Major Leagues. The ziMS Foundation aims to raise money for awareness and programs benefitting those afflicted with multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is a disease quite close to Ryan's heart. In 1995, his mother Cheryl was diagnosed with MS, a chronic and unpredictable disease that affects the central nervous system.

Serving as president, Ryan is actively involved in making decisions and donates his time, money and image to promoting the Foundation. Though it remains staffed entirely by volunteers, including friends and family, in 2012 the foundation surpassed $1 million in donations for MS charities and research.

Community Calendar

Season Long

In-Game Military Salute: The Nationals offer premium seating in the Lexus Presidents Club for select military groups and their families during every home game. The tickets include a gourmet buffet, complimentary in-seat food and beverage service, and views of the underground batting cages and post-game press conference. At the end of the third inning, honorees are recognized on NatsHD and receive a standing ovation from fans, players and umpires.

Tickets are allocated through military hospitals and support organizations and are not available for individual distribution.

Me and a Friend: In partnership with USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and SAIC, this program recognizes the challenges that military children face as they continually relocate due to their parents' military assignments. The Nationals provide tickets to children of active duty service members for every Sunday game of the season, giving them the opportunity to use the free tickets to connect with peers and help make new friends. SAIC hosts a pregame kid-friendly picnic party for USO children and their friends. The party includes lunch, T-shirt giveaways, poster decorating, kids' tattoos and a visit from a mascot. The group is also first in line for Kids Run the Bases after the game. Interested families should visit USOmetro.org/tickets to sign up for notifications.

April

4: Blossoms and Baseball: In conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Nationals celebrate the annual bloom of the Cherry Blossoms. As part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival's series of events, fans are encouraged wear their Cherry Blossom colors and enjoy a game at Nationals Park. Visit nationals.com/blossomsandbaseball to purchase discounted tickets throughout the season. Partial proceeds for each ticket sold will go back to the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

11: Baseball Tomorrow Fund/Nationals Field Maintenance Clinic: The Nationals and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) partner to host the Field Maintenance Clinic at Nationals Park. Nationals groundskeepers instruct adult representatives from local youth baseball and softball leagues on the fundamentals of groundskeeping, including proper maintenance techniques to keep fields in playable condition. BTF also provides a $10,000 grant to a local non-profit organization for the upkeep and renovation of a baseball field in the District of Columbia.

16: Black Heritage Day: In coordination with the Greater Washington Urban League, the Nationals celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the game of baseball and the community during the team's annual Black Heritage Day.

16: Span's Fans: Nationals center fielder Denard Span will host "Span's Fans" before the team takes the field. In its third year, Span's Fans is a season-long program that treats children from single-parent families to an afternoon of Nationals baseball. The group enjoys a private meet and greet with Span as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

17: Patriotic Series - Military Appreciation Day: Encouraging fans to celebrate the American spirit while enjoying the national pastime at Nationals Park, this series utilizes on-field programming and pregame assets, themed giveaways, and patriotic uniforms to honor service members and their families. The Patriotic Series is presented by SAIC.

17: Team trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center: Members of the Washington Nationals, led by the team's Military Ambassadors Doug Fister, Max Scherzer and Craig Stammen, visit with wounded veterans and their families recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda.

17: Ian's Academy All-Stars: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hosts "Ian's Academy All-Stars" before the team takes the field. Ian's Academy All-Stars is a season-long program that gives scholar-athletes from the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, where Ian sits on the Board of Directors, the opportunity to enjoy a Nationals baseball game. The group enjoys a private meet and greet with Desmond as well as a special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

17: Defending the Baseline: Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen hosts military families from Defending the Base Line throughout the season. Craig offers families an unique bonding experience by providing tickets, NatsBucks and on-field batting practice viewing with a private meet-and-greet before the game. Defending the Base Line ensures children of military members have every opportunity to participate in baseball.

19: Autism Awareness: Major League Baseball and the Nationals are partnering with Autism Speaks to create awareness and recognize youth and families affected by autism. A designated quiet room, located on the leftfield mezzanine level behind section 204 in the Kennedy Conference Room, is available for all families. Tickets will be available soon at a discounted rate in both the upper and lower levels of the stadium, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Autism Speaks.

21: Jayson and Pals: Jayson Werth hosts families from Shelter House, offering a brief reprieve from their difficult circumstances. Every month, Jayson provides tickets, NatsBucks and on-field batting practice viewing along with a private meet and greet opportunity. Shelter House provides crisis intervention, safe housing and supportive services to promote self-sufficiency for homeless families and victims of domestic violence.

May

4: Federal Workforce Appreciation Day: In celebration of Public Service Recognition Week the Nationals work with the Partnership for Public Service to coordinate a special tribute to public servants in attendance. 

5: Span's Fans: Nationals center fielder Denard Span hosts "Span's Fans" before the team takes the field. In its third year, Span's Fans is a season-long program that treats children from single-parent families to an afternoon of Nationals baseball. The group enjoys a private meet and greet with Span as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

5: Jayson and Pals: Jayson Werth hosts families from Shelter House, offering a brief reprieve from their difficult circumstances. Every month, Jayson provides tickets, NatsBucks and on-field batting practice viewing along with a private meet and greet opportunity. Shelter House provides crisis intervention, safe housing and supportive services to promote self-sufficiency for homeless families and victims of domestic violence.

8: U.S. Navy Day delivered by UPS: The Nationals dedicate one game a year to each of the five branches of the military. The team works closely with military partners to highlight the individuals and ideals that are unique to each branch.

8: Ian's Academy All-Stars: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will host "Ian's Academy All-Stars" before the team takes the field. Ian's Academy All-Stars is a season-long program that gives scholar-athletes from the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, where Ian sits on the Board of Directors, the opportunity to enjoy a Nationals baseball game. The group will enjoy a private meet and greet with Desmond as well as a special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

9: Nationals/MedStar Health Youth Baseball Clinic: In conjunction with MedStar Health, the Nationals host a series of youth clinics as part of the team's efforts to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball. Children ages eight to 14 participate in the free clinics which include on-field instruction by the Nationals coaching staff, a meet and greet with a player and four tickets to a Nationals home game. Registration is not open to the public.

10: Honorary Bat Girl: In conjunction with Major League Baseball, the Nationals honor the team's 2015 Honorary Bat Girl. The contest recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease.

22: Defending the Baseline: Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen hosts military families from Defending the Base Line throughout the season. Craig offers families an unique bonding experience by providing tickets, NatsBucks and on-field batting practice viewing with a private meet-and-greet before the game. Defending the Base Line ensures children of military members have every opportunity to participate in baseball.

23: Patriotic Series - Women in the Military: Encouraging fans to celebrate the American spirit while enjoying the national pastime at Nationals Park, this series utilizes on-field programming and pregame assets, themed giveaways, and patriotic uniforms to honor service members and their families. The Patriotic Series is presented by SAIC.

23: Little League Player Visits: As part of the Nationals Youth Baseball Uniform Program, Nationals manager Matt Williams and ten players will visit eight little leagues throughout the District to encourage the next generation of baseball players.

24: Baseball Equipment Drive: The Nationals collect new or gently used baseball and softball equipment as part of the annual Baseball Equipment Drive. Hosted in conjunction with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, BTF also provides a local youth organization with a $5,000 grant to purchase additional new equipment. This year the beneficiary is Mamie Johnson Little League.

30: Inova Blood Drive: The Nationals and Inova Health System host two blood drives on May 30 and August 1. Fans who help save a life by donating blood receive two tickets to a Nationals home game as well as opportunities to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Nationals Park and win autographed memorabilia.

June

2: Jayson and Pals: Jayson Werth hosts families from Shelter House, offering a brief reprieve from their difficult circumstances. Every month, Jayson provides tickets, NatsBucks and on-field batting practice viewing along with a private meet and greet opportunity. Shelter House provides crisis intervention, safe housing and supportive services to promote self-sufficiency for homeless families and victims of domestic violence.

2: Library Reading Visit: Mayor Muriel Bowser, Washington Nationals broadcaster Ray Knight, and Washington Nationals principal owner Judy Lerner kick off DC Public Library's Summer Reading program at Northwest One Library.

3: DCPS Night: The Nationals celebrate D.C. public school students, teachers and administrators with DCPS Night. The team donates tickets and recognizes the school system in pregame ceremonies.

5: Ian's Academy All-Stars: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hosts "Ian's Academy All-Stars" before the team takes the field. Ian's Academy All-Stars is a season-long program that gives scholar-athletes from the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, where Ian sits on the Board of Directors, the opportunity to enjoy a Nationals baseball game. The group enjoys a private meet and greet with Desmond as well as a special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

6: Washington Nationals Dream Foundation Gala 2015:  Nationals players and guests take the field at this fun and glamorous black tie event made possible by presenting sponsor, the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. The evening begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a seated dinner and program. Proceeds from the Gala benefit the Dream Foundation. Contact the Dream Foundation at 202.640.7124.

6: D-Day Observance and WWII Veteran Tribute: The Nationals honor D-Day and World War II veterans during pregame ceremonies. 102-year old D-Day veteran and Nationals fan Lowell Creed will throw the ceremonial first pitch.

7: MLB Pitch, Hit and Run Competition: The MLB Pitch, Hit and Run (PHR) program provides children ages seven through 14 the opportunity to showcase their baseball talents in a free nationwide skills competition. The winners move on to the national finals at the MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

18: Span's Fans: Nationals center fielder Denard Span hosts "Span's Fans" before the team takes the field. In its third year, Span's Fans is a season-long program that treats children from single-parent families to an afternoon of Nationals baseball. The group enjoys a private meet and greet with Span as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

19: Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex Player Visit: Prior to the game, a Aaron Barrett and Ryan Zimerman visit the Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at the Children's Nationals Health System, offering guidance on exercise and healthy eating to pediatric patients.

20: Washington Nationals Champions Day Series (High School): The Champions Day series is a Washington Nationals program that recognizes area teams that have won championship titles. Visit nationals.com/championsday for additional information.

20: Nationals/MedStar Health Youth Baseball Clinic: In conjunction with MedStar Health, the Nationals host a series of youth clinics as part of the team's efforts to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball. Children ages eight to 14 participate in the free clinics which include on-field instruction by the Nationals coaching staff, a meet and greet with a player and four tickets to a Nationals home game. Registration is not open to the public.

23: Defending the Baseline: Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen hosts military families from Defending the Base Line throughout the season. Craig offers families an unique bonding experience by providing tickets, NatsBucks and on-field batting practice viewing with a private meet-and-greet before the game. Defending the Base Line ensures children of military members have every opportunity to participate in baseball.

23: Uniform Program Day: \ As part of the Nationals Youth Baseball Uniform Program, participating children are provided complimentary tickets to the game and honored during pregame ceremonies.

24: Harpers Heroes: Bryce Harper hosts Harper's Heroes before the Nationals take the field. In partnership with the Nationals and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Harper's Heroes is a season-long program that treats families affected by childhood cancers to a fun-filled day at Nationals Park. The VIP experience includes a private meet and greet with Harper as well as a special batting practice viewing, T-shirts and tickets to the game, complete with NatsBucks.

25: U.S. Army Day delivered by UPS: The Nationals dedicate one game a year to each of the five branches of the military. The team works closely with military partners to highlight the individuals and ideals that are unique to each branch.

July

4: Patriotic Series - Independence Day: Encouraging fans to celebrate the American spirit while enjoying the national pastime at Nationals Park, this series utilizes on-field programming and pregame assets, themed giveaways, and patriotic uniforms to honor service members and their families. The Patriotic Series is presented by SAIC.

5: All Ward's Day: In coordination with District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser, the Nationals celebrate All Wards Day, with residents from each of the city's eight wards attending the game.

6: Strength and Conditioning Clinic: Strength and Conditioning Coach John Philbin conducts a strength and fitness clinic for competitive high school age players. During the two-hour session student-athletes, in the Washington D.C. area, learn various baseball specific exercises, drills and techniques to maintain and enhance their body through the rigors of a baseball season. Registration is not open to the public.

6: Harper's Heroes: In partnership with the Nationals and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Harper's Heroes is a season-long program that treats families affected by childhood cancers to a fun-filled day at Nationals Park. The VIP experience includes a private meet and greet with Harper as well as a special batting practice viewing, T-shirts and tickets to the game, complete with NatsBucks.

7: Jayson and Pals: In 2015, Jayson is hosting a new program providing families from Shelter House a brief reprieve from their difficult circumstances. Every month, Jayson and Pals offers families tickets, NatsBucks and on-field batting practice viewing along with a private meet and greet opportunity. Shelter House provides crisis intervention, safe housing and supportive services to promote self-sufficiency for homeless families and victims of domestic violence.

8: Neighborhood Night: The Nationals dedicate one game each year to members of the Southwest D.C. community. The team works closely with local community partners to provide discounted ticket offers and participation in pregame festivities.

8: Span's Fans: Nationals center fielder Denard Span hosts "Span's Fans" before the team takes the field. In its third year, Span's Fans is a season-long program that treats children from single-parent families to an afternoon of Nationals baseball. The group enjoys a private meet and greet with Span as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

18: DC Public Library Summer Reading: To celebrate DC Public Library's 2015 Summer Reading program sponsored by the Washington Nationals, Stephen Strasburg visits Anacostia Library to encourage local youth to read during the summer months. Children attending the visit also receive books provided by the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

20: Ian's Academy All-Stars: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hosts "Ian's Academy All-Stars" before the team takes the field. Ian's Academy All-Stars is a season-long program that gives scholar-athletes from the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, where Ian sits on the Board of Directors, the opportunity to enjoy a Nationals baseball game. The group enjoys a private meet and greet with Desmond as well as a special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

21: U.S. Marine Corps Day delivered by UPS: The Nationals dedicate one game a year to each of the five branches of the military. The team works closely with military partners to highlight the individuals and ideals that are unique to each branch.

21: Defending the Baseline: Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen hosts military families from Defending the Base Line throughout the season. Craig offers families an unique bonding experience by providing tickets, NatsBucks and on-field batting practice viewing with a private meet-and-greet before the game. Defending the Base Line ensures children of military members have every opportunity to participate in baseball.

August

1: Inova Blood Drive: The Nationals and Inova Health System host two blood drives on May 30 and August 1. Fans who help save a life by donating blood receive two tickets to a Nationals home game as well as opportunities to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Nationals Park and win autographed memorabilia.

7: Youth Baseball Academy Player Visit: To celebrate the end of the summer session at the Youth Baseball Academy, several players visit with the scholar-athletes at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. The players serve as coaches, interacting with kids both in the dugout and on the field for pick-up games, and are present for the kids' final summer project presentations.

4: Span's Fans: Nationals center fielder Denard Span hosts "Span's Fans" before the team takes the field. In its third year, Span's Fans is a season-long program that treats children from single-parent families to an afternoon of Nationals baseball. The group enjoys a private meet and greet with Span as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

5: PLAY Clinic: Developed by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in 2004, PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) is designed to encourage youth throughout the country to be active, eat right, sustain a healthy lifestyle and stay away from performance enhancing drugs.  During the clinic local youth participate in baseball training and receive lessons on health and conditioning from Nationals players and trainers. Registration is not open to the public.

5: Jayson and Pals: Jayson Werth hosts families from Shelter House, offering a brief reprieve from their difficult circumstances. Every month, Jayson provides tickets, NatsBucks and on-field batting practice viewing along with a private meet and greet opportunity. Shelter House provides crisis intervention, safe housing and supportive services to promote self-sufficiency for homeless families and victims of domestic violence.

6: U.S. Coast Guard Day delivered by UPS: The Nationals dedicate one game a year to each of the five branches of the military. The team works closely with military partners to highlight the individuals and ideals that are unique to each branch.

8: Harris Teeter Food Drive: The Nationals collect non-perishable food items for the annual Harris Teeter Food Drive outside the Center Field Gate on August 8 and 9. Fans who donate at least three items will receive two tickets to a Nationals home game.  All items collected benefit the Capital Area Food Bank

9: Harris Teeter Food Drive: The Nationals collect non-perishable food items for the annual Harris Teeter Food Drive outside the Center Field Gate on August 8 and 9. Fans who donate at least three items will receive two tickets to a Nationals home game.  All items collected benefit the Capital Area Food Bank

21: Defending the Baseline: Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen hosts military families from Defending the Base Line throughout the season. Craig offers families an unique bonding experience by providing tickets, NatsBucks and on-field batting practice viewing with a private meet-and-greet before the game. Defending the Base Line ensures children of military members have every opportunity to participate in baseball.

27: Harpers Heroes: Bryce Harper hosts Harper's Heroes before the Nationals take the field. In partnership with the Nationals and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Harper's Heroes is a season-long program that treats families affected by childhood cancers to a fun-filled day at Nationals Park. The VIP experience includes a private meet and greet with Harper as well as a special batting practice viewing, T-shirts and tickets to the game, complete with NatsBucks.

28: Ian's Academy All-Stars: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hosts "Ian's Academy All-Stars" before the team takes the field. Ian's Academy All-Stars is a season-long program that gives scholar-athletes from the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, where Ian sits on the Board of Directors, the opportunity to enjoy a Nationals baseball game. The group enjoys a private meet and greet with Desmond as well as a special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

30: Nationals School Supply Drive: The Nationals will host a school supply drive on August 30. The Nationals encourage fans to bring new school supplies to the Center Field Gate to benefit D.C.- area students.

September

4: Span's Fans: Nationals center fielder Denard Span hosts "Span's Fans" before the team takes the field. In its third year, Span's Fans is a season-long program that treats children from single-parent families to an afternoon of Nationals baseball. The group enjoys a private meet and greet with Span as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

5: Nationals/MedStar Health Youth Baseball Clinic: In conjunction with MedStar Health, the Nationals host a series of youth clinics as part of the team's efforts to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball. Children ages eight to 14 participate in the free clinics which include on-field instruction by the Nationals coaching staff, a meet and greet with a player and four tickets to a Nationals home game. Registration is not open to the public.

5: Defending the Baseline: Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen hosts military families from Defending the Base Line throughout the season. Craig offers families an unique bonding experience by providing tickets, NatsBucks and on-field batting practice viewing with a private meet-and-greet before the game. Defending the Base Line ensures children of military members have every opportunity to participate in baseball.

6: Washington Nationals Champions Day Series (Youth Baseball): The Champions Day series is a Washington Nationals program that recognizes area teams that have won championship titles. Visit nationals.com/championsday for additional information.

8: Jayson and Pals: Jayson Werth hosts families from Shelter House, offering a brief reprieve from their difficult circumstances. Every month, Jayson provides tickets, NatsBucks and on-field batting practice viewing along with a private meet and greet opportunity. Shelter House provides crisis intervention, safe housing and supportive services to promote self-sufficiency for homeless families and victims of domestic violence.

9: Patriotic Series - Heroes Day: Encouraging fans to celebrate the American spirit while enjoying the national pastime at Nationals Park, this series utilizes on-field programming and pregame assets, themed giveaways, and patriotic uniforms to honor service members and their families. The Patriotic Series is presented by SAIC.

18: U.S. Air Force Day delivered by UPS: The Nationals dedicate one game a year to each of the five branches of the military. The team works closely with military partners to highlight the individuals and ideals that are unique to each branch.

18: Ian's Academy All-Stars: Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond hosts "Ian's Academy All-Stars" before the team takes the field. Ian's Academy All-Stars is a season-long program that gives scholar-athletes from the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, where Ian sits on the Board of Directors, the opportunity to enjoy a Nationals baseball game. The group enjoys a private meet and greet with Desmond as well as a special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

19: Heart & Hustle Presentation: The Nationals recognize the team's winner of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's 2015 Heart and Hustle Award during pregame ceremonies. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

19: MLBPAA Clinic: In coordination with the MLBPAA, the Nationals host the Legends for Youth Clinic for DC-area youth ages eight through 14. Registration is not open to the public.

Washington Nationals Dream Foundation

Dream Foundation

Washington Nationals Dream Foundation

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and Washington Nationals Baseball Club are committed to community partnerships that improve the lives of children and families across the Washington Capital Region. A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Foundation's three cornerstone programs focus on children's education, health and recreation.

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