Drew Storen, Kevin Mench and Coach Dan Radison Visit the National Rehabilitation Hospital
Friday, August 13 was a lucky day for patients at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in northwest D.C. Washington Nationals players Drew Storen and Kevin Mench joined First Base Coach Dan Radison for a visit to the hospital, which specializes in treating patients with physical disabilities caused by spinal cord and brain injuries, as well as a variety of other neurological and orthopedic conditions.
In addition to handing out hats, posing for photos and signing autographs, the players took part in rehabilitative activities and were able to see firsthand what patients experience as part of their rehab process. Storen, for instance, was challenged to a game of “Stick Ball,” with the goal of scoring points by hitting the ball between the wheel chairs.
“I enjoyed spending time and interacting with the patients at the National Rehabilitation Hospital,” the rookie pitcher said. “While it was tough to see the hardships they’re going through, I hope that our visit brightened their day for at least a little while.”
Radison and Mench were also given the opportunity to show off their competitive sides when they were invited to play Wii Baseball by a group of young patients who were eager to find out if the Big Leaguers were as skilled at the videogame as they were on the field.
“The kids and adults are here for rehab and we were able to bring a smile to their faces,” Mench said. “Anytime you can bring a smile to someone’s face, you can change someone’s life.”