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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 Delta Sky360 Club for select military groups and their families during every home game. 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.

- Military Appreciation Day - April 12
- Memorial Day Observance - May 28
- Independence Day - July 4
- Heroes Day - September 10

2017 Branch Days schedule:
- US Navy Day - May 3
- US Army Day - June 12
- US Marine Corps Day - July 25
- US Coast Guard Day - August 7
- US Air Force Day - September 17


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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.

Supporting Military Families

In partnership with the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, the Nationals provide tickets to military families. For every Sunday game of the season, families can use free tickets to enjoy a game together or let children connect with peers to help make new friends. The group is first in line for Kids Run the Bases after the game. The Nationals and USO-Metro also work together to host “Date Night at the Ballpark,” giving active duty service members and their significant others the opportunity to socialize with fellow military couples.


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.

The Nationals will provide two complimentary tickets to active duty, dependents, veterans, retirees and reservists with military ID or proof of service, while supplies last. For tickets, visit the windows on Potomac Avenue SE, beginning at 1:00 PM.

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. In 2017, in conjunction with Inova Health System, the program is expanding to include Virginia District 4 Little League and Virginia District 7 Cal Ripken Babe Ruth leagues.

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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.

  • INOVA 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.
  • 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 local baseball field. 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.

    2016 HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONS

    Baseball
  • Brunswick High School: Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (1A)
  • La Plata High School: Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (2A)
  • Huntingtown High School: Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (3A)
  • Nansemond River High School: Virginia High School League (5A)
  • St. Albans School: District of Columbia State Athletic Association
  • Softball
  • Perryville High School: Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (1A)
  • La Plata High School: Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (2A)
  • Sherwood High School: Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association (4A)
  • Woodgrove High School: Virginia High School League (4A)
  • National Cathedral School: District of Columbia State Athletic Association
    2016 YOUTH BASEBALL CHAMPIONS

    Baseball
  • Vienna American Little League: Virginia State Little League Champions
  • Arlington Babe Ruth: Virginia State Cal Ripken Majors-70 Champions
  • Gloucester Youth Baseball: Virginia State Cal Ripken Majors-60 Champions
  • Capitol City Little League: District of Columbia Little League Champions
  • Softball
  • Shenandoah Recreation Babe Ruth: World Series 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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NatsPrep

The Washington Nationals are proud to partner with D.C. Public Schools' Career Academies on Hospitality and Tourism to offer NatsPrep, an in-depth course for hospitality, sports promotion and event management careers. In addition to working with school leadership to develop and modernize curriculum for inside the classroom, the Nationals also work directly with students throughout the year by providing experiential seminars with Nationals executives and paid summer internship experiences for top students.

Washington Nationals STEM Education

In coordination with DCPS and Science of Sport, the Washington Nationals are working with teachers to use baseball as a tool to engage students in STEM learning. The innovative and unique professional development opportunity includes baseball-themed STEM curriculum and hands-on, project-based activities that align with Common Core Standards.

Intended for math and science teachers in grades 3-5, the training is part of a three-month program culminating in the Elementary DC STEM Fair in June. Participating teachers represent elementary schools from every ward in D.C. and students of participating teachers will also have their STEM projects showcased during D.C. Public School Night at Nationals Park on May 23.

White House at Bat: A Presidential History Challenge

The Nationals have partnered with the White House Historical Association to challenge DC-area students to create a storyboard for a 50-second video that examines the Constitutional powers of a (racing) president. The projects focus on decision-making in the White House, and consider how executive decisions throughout history were influenced by and impacted the diverse constituencies that make up the American citizenry.

Five winning entries will be shared during a Washington Nationals baseball game at Nationals Park. Additional details are available at whitehousehistory.org/nationals.

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

Gio Gonzalez

In 2016, Gio Gonzalez hosted a Wine Release to raise awareness and funding for the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and Big Blue Baseball. The exclusive evening also served as the release party for Gio's very own 2013 Sonoma Reserve Red Wine, available only at his event. Guests gathered at Claudia's Steakhouse and enjoyed an enticing culinary menu specially designed by Claudia's award-winning kitchen, soft bar, plus an auction packed with Nationals gear, local and national sports items, wine lots from some of California's elite producers, plus unique travel opportunities to wine country.

The 2017 event will take place on Thursday, July 27. Location and additional details will be available closer to the event.


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.


Anthony Rendon

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


Max Scherzer

In an effort to raise funds for the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, Max Scherzer, and his wife Erica, host the Scherzer Showdown, a fantasy football fundraiser. This event offers participants a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play fantasy football with their favorite Washington Nationals players and other local celebrities.

For more information visit scherzershowdown.com.


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, the foundation surpassed $1.5 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. 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.

USO Children's Program:
In partnership with the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, the Nationals provide tickets to military families. For every Sunday game of the season, families can use free tickets to enjoy a game together or let children connect with peers to help make new friends. The group is first in line for Kids Run the Bases after the game.

April

14: Anthony's Academy All-Stars
Anthony's Academy All-Stars is a season-long program that gives scholar-athletes from the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, where Anthony sits on the Board of Directors, the opportunity to enjoy a Nationals Baseball game. The group enjoys a behind-the-scenes look at team operations, a private meet and greet with Rendon as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

11: 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.

12: 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.

15: Jackie Robinson Day and 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.

May

3: U.S. Navy Day
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.

13: Invova Clinic
In conjunction with Inova, 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: DCPS Day
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.

25: Federal Workforce 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. Federal Workforce Day is presented by Kaiser Permanente.

26: Anthony's Academy All-Stars
Anthony's Academy All-Stars is a season-long program that gives scholar-athletes from the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, where Anthony sits on the Board of Directors, the opportunity to enjoy a Nationals Baseball game. The group enjoys a behind-the-scenes look at team operations, a private meet and greet with Rendon as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

28: Memorial Day Observance
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.

June

9: Anthony's Academy All-Stars
Anthony's Academy All-Stars is a season-long program that gives scholar-athletes from the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, where Anthony sits on the Board of Directors, the opportunity to enjoy a Nationals Baseball game. The group enjoys a behind-the-scenes look at team operations, a private meet and greet with Rendon as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

10: Washington Nationals Dream Foundation Gala
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.

11: Pitch, Hit and Run
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 Miami.

12: U.S. Army Day
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.

24: Inova Clinic
In conjunction with Inova, 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.

25: 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.

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

July

4: 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.

6: Neighborhood Day
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.

7: 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.

25: U.S. Marine Corps Day
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.

28: Anthony's Academy All-Stars
Anthony's Academy All-Stars is a season-long program that gives scholar-athletes from the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, where Anthony sits on the Board of Directors, the opportunity to enjoy a Nationals Baseball game. The group enjoys a behind-the-scenes look at team operations, a private meet and greet with Rendon as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

29: Harris Teeter Food Drive
The Nationals collect non-perishable food items for the annual Harris Teeter Food Drive outside Center Field Gate on July 29 and 30. 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.

30: Harris Teeter Food Drive
The Nationals collect non-perishable food items for the annual Harris Teeter Food Drive outside Center Field Gate on July 29 and 30. 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.

August

7: U.S. Coast Guard Day
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.

11: Anthony's Academy All-Stars
Anthony's Academy All-Stars is a season-long program that gives scholar-athletes from the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, where Anthony sits on the Board of Directors, the opportunity to enjoy a Nationals Baseball game. The group enjoys a behind-the-scenes look at team operations, a private meet and greet with Rendon as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

12: Inova Clinic
In conjunction with Inova, 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.

26: School Supply Drive
The Nationals will host a school supply drive on August 26. Fans are encouraged to bring new school supplies to Center Field Gate to benefit D.C.- area students.

September

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

11: Heroes Day (September 11 Remembrance)
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.

15: Anthony's Academy All-Stars
Anthony's Academy All-Stars is a season-long program that gives scholar-athletes from the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, where Anthony sits on the Board of Directors, the opportunity to enjoy a Nationals Baseball game. The group enjoys a behind-the-scenes look at team operations, a private meet and greet with Rendon as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

17: U.S. Air Force Day
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.

Washington Nationals Dream Foundation

Dream Foundation

Washington Nationals Dream Foundation

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children and teens in the Washington, D.C. region by supporting initiatives focused on academics, the arts, nutrition and sports. Through the generosity of Nationals fans and corporate partners, the Dream Foundation is using the power of baseball to provide a world of opportunity for area youth.

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