Nats help “Get The Ball Rolling”
On Tuesday afternoon, Washington Nationals Third Baseman Ryan Zimmerman and Principal Owner Mark D. Lerner joined Coca-Cola as well as the owners and players from the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Redskins and Wizards to announce the launch of a new initiative called “Live Positively: Get the Ball Rolling” at the U.S. Capitol.
The program aims to educate children in the Washington, DC area about the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition. It will give local youth the opportunity to interact, play and learn about eating right and staying active through a series of workshops hosted by the professional sports teams and local nutrition experts during the month of October.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional ballplayer or a third-grader attending elementary school down the road,” Zimmerman told local reporters. “We all need daily exercise and balanced nutrition.”
In addition to Lerner and Zimmerman, Capitals Center Nicklas Backstrom, Redskins Tight End Chris Cooley, Wizards Forward Josh Howard and Mystics Forward/Center Crystal Langhorne were on hand to make the announcement on Capitol Hill. Redskins Owner Dan Synder along with Mystics, Wizards and Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis were also in attendance.
According to Lerner, the Nationals have a responsibility to promote a healthy lifestyle to fans of all ages throughout the DC community.
“My family and I have made it a priority through the years to encourage our players and coaches to help inspire kids to lead active and healthy lifestyles through the sport of baseball,” Lerner said.
“Get the Ball Rolling” was launched to coincide with National Childhood Obesity Month and will ultimately spread to other cities across the country. On October 8, the Nationals will kick off the initiative’s first event–a youth clinic for local middle school students at Nationals Park. Each Washington sports team will then follow suit by hosting team clinics of their own throughout October.