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Celebrate #GivingTuesday With The Nationals!

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#GivingTuesday is a national movement that recognizes the Tuesday following Thanksgiving as the opening day of the giving season. Nonprofits across the country participate in a competitive, 24-hour online fundraiser for their causes.

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation — the Nationals’ charitable arm — is proud to be a major supporter of the new Youth Baseball Academy and other important community projects that focus on children’s education, health and recreation.

Click the link below between 12:01 a.m. and midnight on Tuesday to learn about our work and make a donation to help improve the lives of families across the D.C. region.

Additional prize money will be awarded to nonprofits with the most donors during the hours of 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., so please donate during those hours if you can!

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#NatsWeekOfThanks: Children’s National Medical Center

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Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National Medical Center

060513-141 childrens hospThis past June, we saw a dream seven years in the making come true when the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National Medical Center opened its doors. The Washington Nationals and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation are thankful for all who made this dream possible, especially those at Children’s National. More than just a hospital wing, the Diabetes Care Complex serves as an educational hub where children and their families can receive nutritional and physical education to help in their fight with this disease. We are privileged that, through this partnership, we can help children with diabetes live long, happy lives.

We are thanking Children’s National Medical Center as part of our Week of Thanks. For more on #NatsWeekOfThanks, click here.

For more information on Children’s National Medical Center, visit www.childrensnational.org or get updates on Twitter by following @childrenshealth.

Thank You From The Lerner Family

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Dear Nationals Fans:

Thank you for making our home yours, for bringing NATITUDE to Nationals Park day in and day out, for making this our third straight year of increased attendance, and for establishing the Nation’s Capital as one of the greatest baseball cities in America.

On the field, we saw many first-rate performances this year and expect to spend the offseason getting even better. We are very excited about our new manager Matt Williams. Not only does he bring an impressive wealth of knowledge and on-field experience to the Nationals dugout, but we think he is the right leader for a team that’s ready to compete for a World Series championship. Matt will partner with President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo in the offseason to make sure our squad is ready for the 2014 campaign. While Mike and his scouts may fine-tune the roster in the next few months, we believe we are already very close to competing for a World Series title as we stand today.

In 2013, the Nationals young pitching staff tossed more innings, produced one of the National League’s winningest pitchers in Jordan Zimmermann, and continued to demonstrate that with starters Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Zimmermann, our pitching corps represents one of the most formidable in the game. Veteran Jayson Werth returned midseason from a hamstring injury to become one of the most dominant hitters in baseball. Ian Desmond, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche continued to show leadership, both on the field and in the clubhouse. Denard Span had an amazing 29-game hitting streak and an error-free year in the field. And young players like Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon made significant statements, in the field and at the plate, that they can be mainstays in the Major Leagues for years to come.

And Nats fans were there to see it all. Our April opener drew the largest regular season crowd in Nationals Park history, while our average attendance improved from even last season’s playoff year, and our broadcast and radio ratings were the highest yet. We are truly seeing our hometown become an ardent baseball city.

In the community, the team and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation were proud to help open the doors for the long-awaited Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National Medical Center, and we anticipate hosting our first student athletes on the fields at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy next Spring. We expect both of these initiatives to have a significant and positive impact on our community for generations to come.

The entire Nationals family is inspired by the intense passion for Major League Baseball and the team that’s growing in the capital area. We believe NATITUDE has made our town an even better community. We look forward to an exciting offseason, and plan to introduce everyone to Matt Williams and show off our talented roster at NatsFest in January. Spring Training won’t be far behind.

Thank you for your support – we believe Opening Day 2014 will be the grandest ever. You won’t want to miss it.

Sincerely,

Theodore N. Lerner Mark D. Lerner Edward L. Cohen Robert K. Tanenbaum
Annette M. Lerner Judy Lenkin Lerner Debra Lerner Cohen Marla Lerner Tanenbaum

The Dream at 50

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Sports bring people together in a way nothing else can, as evidenced by one of baseball’s proudest moments when Jackie Robinson made his debut in 1947, breaking the color barrier.

However, many people may not realize that this momentous occasion occurred seven years before the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision and 16 years before Martin Luther King Jr.’s Great March on Washington, which took place on August 28, 1963.

Fifty years ago today, King delivered his most seminal speech, proclaiming his dream; a message that resonated through the National Mall to the quarter million people in attendance. And while the process of realizing that dream endures, great strides have been made in the last half century. This is especially true in sports, where players of all races and ethnicities stand as teammates and competitors, side-by-side.

Sports can often serve as a catalyst for social change, and baseball is proud to have such a great leader as Robinson as a role model for equality in our game. In his spirit the Washington Nationals are dedicated to continuing to make a positive social impact here in D.C. As part of this commitment, the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation invests money and resources to our local community, and will open the doors to the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Ward 7 this fall.

Major League Baseball also carries on the ideals of the Civil Rights Movement through programs such as Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities. Likewise, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig’s mandate to encourage minority hiring for the top positions in the game was the first of its kind in professional sports in 1999, predating the NFL’s Rooney Rule by several years.

So as we pay tribute today to Dr. King and his dream of equality, let us also celebrate the role baseball has played toward equal civil rights in America.

Community Weekend Recap

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The Nationals celebrated the work of Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and its community initiatives August 9-11, holding the organization’s annual Foundation Weekend during the team’s series with the Phillies.

The Dream Foundation kicked off the festivities with the fifth-annual Green Up Day at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, teaming up with Anacostia Riverkeeper to rebuild natural barriers and remove invasive plant species that contribute to soil erosion at the wetlands. Close to 100 volunteers from the U.S. Coast Guard, Air Force and KPMG, as well as Nationals fans and front office staff, came out to support the project.

“The Nationals have a commitment to the environment and we’re playing off of that,” said Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, Dream Foundation chair and one of the Nationals principal owners. “We’re hoping to expand that into the community.”

Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens serves as a natural filter for the Anacostia River watershed and flood plain for the area.  Storm water overflow from the river accumulates in the Gardens; it is cleansed and partially absorbed as it passes through the vegetation, preventing or mitigating flood damage..  The filtered river and rainwater then flows back into the Anacostia. The volunteers reinforced bank stabilizers installed at last year’s Green Up Day, replenished soil in several eroded areas, and planted native grasses  and trees to aid in soil and plant retention.

“I’m a Nationals fan, so I thought it would be fun to be involved with the Nationals in one way shape or another and do something that’s good for the city,” volunteer Frank Santi said. “This is a great place.”

For their efforts, Green Up Day volunteers received a T-shirt, tickets for Sunday’s game and a free lunch at Nationals Park courtesy of Hard Times Cafe. Additionally, a select group was recognized for its work as part of the pregame ceremonies on Sunday.

Anacostia Riverkeeper Mike Bolinder praised the efforts of the Dream Foundation and the newfound attention the Nationals have helped steer toward the river next to which Nationals Park sits.

“It’s a very natural partnership for us to work with our most famous neighbor to bring local awareness to the Anacostia and both the trouble that it faces and the amazing beauty it can offer,” Bolinder said.

Other Dream Foundation projects were recognized over the weekend as well, including the Neighborhood Initiative, which benefits local non-profit organizations in the Southeast/Southwest D.C. neighborhoods, the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, and the newly opened Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National Medical Center.

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Painting The Town Red

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The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation held its annual Dream Gala this past Saturday evening at Sidney Harman Hall, across the street from the Verizon Center in downtown Washington. The black tie optional affair celebrated the recent ribbon cutting of the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National Medical Center, and looked forward to the opening of the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy later this fall. The event included 550 attendees and netted more than $200,000 for the Foundation’s efforts. The Nationals and the Dream Foundation would like to thank all of those who contributed and those who worked hard to help this event come together.

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Dream One, Accomplished

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On Wednesday morning, a vision seven years in the making finally came to fruition.

From the very beginning, the Lerner Family envisioned that the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation would be a way for people to channel their passion for the game of baseball into making a difference in the community.  Similar to their plan to build the team on the field, the Lerner’s were committed to building something meaningful with long-term value off the field as well.

Dr. Cogen takes the reins as Director of the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex.

Dr. Cogen takes the reins as Director of the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex.

The first ambitious project stemmed from a conversation between Dr. Fran Cogen and Dream Foundation Chair and Nationals Principal Owner Marla Lerner Tanenbaum. It focused on bringing a world class, state-of-the-art diabetes treatment and research center to the District. What began with a passionate exchange of ideas seven years ago became a reality when the Nationals and Children’s National Medical Center cut the ribbon on the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex.

Tanenbaum conveyed just how much the project meant to her family, the team and the Dream Foundation in her speech on Wednesday:

“The Dream Foundation was originally created to develop and support programs that could positively change the lives of people in our community…The Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex is an example of baseball bringing out the best in people and I can’t begin to express how excited we are to be here today.”

In addition to the team’s principal owners and several front office executives, Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations & General Manager Mike Rizzo as well as Nationals players Ross Detwiler, Gio Gonzalez, Adam LaRoche, Ryan Mattheus, Stephen Strasburg and Chad Tracy were all on hand to commemorate the occasion, which also included a special appearance from Screech.

As Dr. Cogen said in her address to the standing room-only crowd on hand for the event, “Visions can be helpful, but without people to support you, they remain visions.” Thanks to the help of the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation, she had the support she needed to make an idea become reality. On Wednesday Dr. Cogen was officially named Director of the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex.

“It’s surreal,” she said after soaking in the moment. “It’s like taking a vision in your head, thinking this is what one would want to do, and actually seeing it come true before your eyes.”

The Nationals and Children's National Medical Center cut the ribbon on the new complex.

The Nationals and Children’s National Medical Center cut the ribbon on the new complex.

Tanenbaum shares Dr. Cogen’s passion for this project, and used her own term to describe its completion.

“To use the word in our foundation, it’s a dream,” she said. “It’s a dream come true.”

The complex provides a place where children can go for treatment and education about diabetes, but its mission is more than that. It also includes a family reception area, resource and media center, as well as a playroom for young patients and their siblings. The design, with soft lighting and colors, gives the facility a feel more akin to an after-school center than a hospital wing. It even includes a galley kitchen and exercise room to help emphasize nutritional education and physical education, two key components in fighting diabetes.

“I come to work every day hoping that I can do some good,” said Cogen, who believes this facility allows her team the opportunity to take their care to an unprecedented level. “Putting our own diabetes team together with multiple specialists can deliver a win.”

Opening the doors Wednesday provided the first of hopefully many victories. As the Dream Foundation broadens its focus to its other major projects, like the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Ward 7, the completion of the Diabetes Care Complex marks an important milestone in the history of the charitable arm of the organization.

“It’s remarkable to see the kids walk through the door,” said Tanenbaum, when reflecting on the mission of the center to help find a cure for the disease. “Hopefully, though, one day, they won’t have to use it at all.”

Until then, the doors will be open at the Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex for the children of the Capital Region.

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13 Things We’re Excited About for 2013: #5

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In the lead up to Opening Day at Nationals Park on April 1, we’re counting down 13 things we’re excited about on and off the field heading into the 2013 season. Be sure to check back each day as we add another item to the list and get one day closer to the return of baseball to Washington!

#5: The Ultimate Ballpark Access

New for 2013, we’re revolutionizing the fan experience at Nationals Park with The Ultimate Ballpark Access. It’s the next generation of ticketing, and it’s exclusively for Nationals fans.

TUBALike anything new and different it will take a little while to get used to, but once you start reaping the benefits we’re sure you’ll be thrilled.

Simply put: in 2013, your card is your ticket. No more worrying about keeping track of paper tickets for every game, for six months or more. Everything is reduced to a single card that fits neatly in your wallet.

By moving your entire Season Plan online, we’ve allowed you to add partners to your plan and share seats via email with just a click. Want to trade in your seats for another game ahead of time? Easy, just use the Future Exchange Program. Miss a game without having a chance to exchange your seats? Turn them in this year and you’ll receive Red Carpet Rewards Points, which you can use to bid on special experiences, autographed items and merchandise, using the new auction feature.

And yes, as many of you have asked, you can still have commemorative tickets printed at the advanced ticket sales window, should you so desire, for only a $3 fee. All proceeds will go directly to the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

Still have questions? Hopefully this will help. And as the crowds continue to grow at Nationals Park, hopefully you will continue to reap the rewards.

A Worthy Follow, Friday

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As well-recognized celebrities, Major Leaguers are often approached with many different types of charitable opportunities. And while we have our very own charitable foundation here at the Nationalsthe Washington Nationals Dream Foundation – there are a number of opportunities outside the organization that our players are involved with. One such organization is Teammates for Kids, founded by country music singer Garth Brooks, which has raised over $80 million since 1999, donating 100% of the money to children in need.

A number of Nationals worked with Brooks and his group last season.

A number of Nationals worked with Brooks and his group last season.

On Friday, January 11 during the Winter 2013 Teammates Appreciation Event in Garth Brooks’ Nashville, TN barn, Teammates for Kids launched their twitter handle (@teammates4kids) with Garth Brooks pledging to donate $1 for each new follower through today, Friday 1/18.

Nationals players who were “teammates” last season included:

-       Tyler Clippard

-       Ross Detwiler

-       Gio Gonzalez

-       Adam LaRoche

-       Craig Stammen

-       Drew Storen

-       Ryan Zimmerman

-       Jordan Zimmermann

In addition to their generosity, each athlete who participates in the program has their contribution tripled by Teammates for Kids. So go ahead and knock out your good deed for the day – give Teammates for Kids a follow and help our players’ donations go even farther this year.

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