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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 the education of our community.

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.

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.

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

Patriotic Series

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 2015 schedule will be announced in the coming months. Please check back for updated information.

Branch Nights

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. The 2015 schedule will be announced in the coming months. Please check back for updated information.

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. 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 Brian Beck at 202.640.7647 or visit

Youth Baseball & Softball

Washington Nationals Rookie League

The Nationals sponsor the Washington Nationals Rookie League in partnership with D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation. This league is open to children who live in areas of the District that have limited access to recreational baseball and softball opportunities. The team provides uniform tops for all participants and Nationals tickets for the league.

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.


  • 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)

  • 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.

Kevin Frandsen

Kevin serves on the Board of Directors for "19 for Life," a foundation created to celebrate the gift that his brother DJ was to his family, friends and his community. DJ lived his life with a strong will, optimism and compassion. The 19 for Life Foundation is a lasting legacy to DJ's beliefs in giving back, making a difference, being a man for others and never giving up.

Growing up Kevin witnessed firsthand what an impact it makes when athletes take the time to visit patients at hospitals, acknowledging a wave of energy that transformed the room. When he made it to the big leagues, Kevin made it a priority to do the same, visiting local hospitals and meeting with families at the ballpark.

Bryce Harper

In partnership with the Nationals and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Harper's Heroes hosted by Bryce Harper 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, tickets, T-shirts and NatsBucks.

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.

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

The 2015 Community Calendar will be announced in the coming months. Please check back for updated information.

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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