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05/21/2012 4:56 PM EST

Washington Nationals sponsor and host charity baseball tournament

Inaugural tournament has already raised more than $290,000 for Children's National Medical Center

On Friday, May 25, the Washington Nationals will host the opening ceremony for the Washington Nationals Memorial Day Wood Bat Tournament in partnership with Kyle's Kamp. Nearly 200 youth baseball teams from the Mid-Atlantic region have collectively raised more than $290,000 to benefit the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's National Medical Center.

More than 3,000 youth baseball participants, coaches and families are expected to attend the tournament's opening ceremony at Nationals Park. In addition, the six teams (with players between the ages of 13 - 16) that raised the most money will play against each other at the ballpark leading up to the ceremony. All the teams in the baseball tournament will play on fields across the Washington area throughout the weekend. For more information and to see the full schedule of games and locations, visit www.kyleskamp.com.

WHAT: Opening Ceremony and Games for the Washington Nationals Memorial Day Wood Bat Tournament
WHEN: Friday, May 25, 2012 - Games begin at 4:00 p.m. and the Opening Ceremony will be held at 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Nationals Park - 1500 South Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20003

* Onsite media interviews will be available with Kyle Hahne, 8-year-old cancer survivor; Rob Hahne, Founder of Kyle's Kamp; Dr. Jeffrey Dome, Oncology Division Chief at Children's National Medical Center; and Israel Negron, Nationals Senior Director of Community Relations.

Media interested in covering the event must RSVP with Joanna Comfort.

Children's National Medical Center
Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation's children since 1870. Home to Children's Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children's National is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and the Leapfrog Group. With 303 beds, more than 1,330 nurses, 550 physicians, and seven regional outpatient centers, Children's National is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. Children's National has been recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet® designated hospital, the highest level of recognition for nursing excellence that a medical center can achieve. For more information, visit www.ChildrensNational.org.

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