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2014 Community Calendar

All events and appearances are subject to change. Please check back for updated information.

Season-Long Initiatives

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.
Me and a Friend
In partnership with USO of Metropolitan Washington and SAIC, 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. This year, SAIC will host a pregame kid-friendly picnic party for USO children and their friends. The party will include lunch, T-shirt giveaways, poster decorating, kids' tattoos and a visit from a mascot. The group is also first in line for Kids Run the Bases after the game. Interested families should visit USOmetro.org/tickets to sign up for notifications.

April

April 4:
Opening Day
Tribute to the Navy Yard Community: The day's pregame events will pay tribute to those affected by last September's tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard, located just a few short blocks from Nationals Park.
April 9:
Blossoms and Baseball
In conjunction with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Nationals celebrate the annual bloom of the Cherry Blossoms. As part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival's series of events, fans are encouraged to wear their Cherry Blossom colors and enjoy a game at Nationals Park. Visit nationals.com/blossomsandbaseball to purchase discounted tickets throughout the season. Partial proceeds for each ticket sold will go back to the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
April 17:
Jackie Robinson Day
The Nationals will commemorate Jackie Robinson Day when the team hosts the St. Louis Cardinals. The team will honor the baseball legend throughout the pregame ceremony, including the Ceremonial First Pitch throw by Washington Capitals forward Joel Ward. Ward wears jersey number 42 for the Caps in honor of Robinson's contributions to sports, society and the Civil Rights movement. In honor of another pioneer, the Nationals will recognize Mamie "Peanut" Johnson who was one of only three women, and the first female pitcher, to play in the Negro Leagues. Signed by the Indianapolis Clowns in 1953 she saw action as both a pitcher and utility infielder. Pregame ceremonies will also feature representatives from the Jackie Robinson Foundation and DC Dynasty Baseball.
April 22:
Span's Fans
Nationals center fielder Denard Span will host "Span's Fans" before the team takes the field. In its second year, Span's Fans is a season-long program that treats children from single-parent families to an evening of Nationals baseball. The group will enjoy a private meet and greet with Span as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.
April 23:
Ian's Academy All-Stars
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will host "Ian's Academy All-Stars" before the team takes the field. 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 will enjoy a private meet and greet with Desmond as well as a special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.
April 25:
Harper's Heroes
Bryce Harper will host Harper's Heroes before the Nationals take the field. In partnership with the Nationals and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Harper's Heroes 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, T-shirts and tickets to the game, complete with NatsBucks.
April 27:
Autism Awareness
Major League Baseball and the Nationals are partnering with Autism Speaks to create awareness and recognize youth and families affected by autism. A designated quiet room, located on the leftfield mezzanine level behind section 204 in the Kennedy Conference Room, will be available for all families. Tickets are available at nationals.com/autismspeaks at a discounted rate in both the upper and lower levels of the stadium, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Autism Speaks.

May

May 6:
Federal Workforce Appreciation Night
In celebration of Public Service Recognition Week the Nationals will work with the Partnership for Public Service to coordinate a special tribute to public servants in attendance.

Span's Fans
Nationals center fielder Denard Span will host "Span's Fans" before the team takes the field. In its second year, Span's Fans is a season-long program that treats children from single-parent families to an evening of Nationals baseball. The group will enjoy a private meet and greet with Span as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.
May 7:
Spring Soiree at DLA Piper
A cocktail fundraising event benefiting the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. The evening includes wine, beer, cocktails, small plates and a silent auction. 6-9 p.m. Tickets $125. Contact 202.640.7124 for tickets and information. Presenting sponsor is DLA Piper.
May 10:
Baseball Tomorrow Fund/Nationals 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.
May 16:
Ian's Academy All-Stars
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will host "Ian's Academy All-Stars" before the team takes the field. 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 will enjoy a private meet and greet with Desmond as well as a special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.
May 17:
Patriotic Series: Armed Forces Day
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 Patriotic Series is presented by SAIC.

Nationals/MedStar Health Youth Baseball Clinic
In conjunction with MedStar Health, the Nationals will 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. Children ages eight to 14 will participate in the free clinics which include on-field instruction, a meet and greet with a player and four tickets to a Nationals home game. Registration is not open to the public.
May 18:
Youth Baseball & Softball Days
The Nationals will host the 10th Annual Youth Baseball & Softball Days on May 18 and June 1. In addition to special ticket discounts, participating kids will enjoy a pregame parade on the field (May 18) or a Kids Socks Giveaway (June 1), plus Kids Run the Bases following the game. For more information visit nationals.com/youthbaseball or contact Rachel Ekanger at 202.640.7687 or rachel.ekanger@nationals.com.

Baseball Equipment Drive
The Nationals will collect new or gently used baseball and softball equipment as part of the annual Baseball Equipment Drive. Hosted in conjunction with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, BTF also provides a local youth organization with a $5,000 grant to purchase additional new equipment.
May 26:
Patriotic Series: Memorial Day
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 Patriotic Series is presented by SAIC.
May 27:
Black Heritage Night
In coordination with the Greater Washington Urban League, the Nationals will celebrate the contributions of African-Americans to the game of baseball and the community during the annual Black Heritage Night.
May 30:
United States Navy Night
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.
May 31:
Washington Nationals Dream Foundation Gala 2014
Nationals players and guests will take the field at this fun and glamorous black tie event made possible by new presenting sponsor, the Marriott Marquis Washington, D.C. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a seated dinner and program. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Dream Foundation. Contact the Dream Foundation at 202.640.7124.
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June

June 1:
Youth Baseball & Softball Days
The Nationals will host the 10th Annual Youth Baseball & Softball Days on May 18 and June 1. In addition to special ticket discounts, participating kids will enjoy a pregame parade on the field (May 18) or a Kids Socks Giveaway (June 1), plus Kids Run the Bases following the game. For more information visit nationals.com/youthbaseball or contact Rachel Ekanger at 202.640.7687 or rachel.ekanger@nationals.com..

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.
June 4:
DCPS Night
The Nationals celebrate D.C. public school students, teachers and administrators with DCPS Night. The team will donate tickets and recognize the school system in pregame ceremonies.
June 6:
Washington Nationals Champions Day Series (High School)
The Champions Day series is a Washington Nationals program that recognizes area teams that have won championship titles. Visit nationals.com/championsday for additional information.
June 7:
Inova Blood Drive
The Nationals and Inova Health System will host two blood drives on June 7 and August 30. Fans who help save a life by donating blood will receive two tickets to a Nationals home game as well as opportunities to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Nationals Park and win autographed memorabilia.
June 14:
E-Cycler/Shredding Day
Kane Company Subsidiaries Office Shredding and e-Cyclers will host a free shred day to help fans with environmental responsibility. On Saturday, June 14th, from 10am to 3pm, Office Shredding and e-Cyclers will be at Nationals Park on Potomac Avenue to shred excess documents and recycle out-of-date electronics. The first 150 fans to bring in an item for safe disposal will receive a pair of tickets to the June 19th game against the Braves. Please do not bring batteries, TVs, paint, hazardous materials or appliances. While supplies last. Location not guaranteed.
June 18:
United States Army Night
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.
June 19:
Play Sun Smart
In coordination with the American Academy of Dermatology, Major League Baseball and MLB Players Association, the Nationals will host skin cancer screenings for players and staff and promote the campaign during pregame ceremonies.
June 20:
Span's Fans
Nationals center fielder Denard Span will host "Span's Fans" before the team takes the field. In its second year, Span's Fans is a season-long program that treats children from single-parent families to an evening of Nationals baseball. The group will enjoy a private meet and greet with Span as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.

Ian's Academy All-Stars
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will host "Ian's Academy All-Stars" before the team takes the field. 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 will enjoy a private meet and greet with Desmond as well as a special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.
June 21:
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 participate in baseball training and receive lessons on health and conditioning from Nationals players and trainers.

Harper's Heroes
Bryce Harper will host Harper's Heroes before the Nationals take the field. In partnership with the Nationals and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Harper's Heroes 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, T-shirts and tickets to the game, complete with NatsBucks.
June 21-22:
Foundation Weekend
Fans will learn about the Dream Foundation's cornerstone programs and fundraising initiatives during pregame ceremonies and throughout the games during Dream Foundation Weekend.
June 26:
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.
June 30:
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.
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July

July 1:
Span's Fans
Nationals center fielder Denard Span will host "Span's Fans" before the team takes the field. In its second year, Span's Fans is a season-long program that treats children from single-parent families to an evening of Nationals baseball. The group will enjoy a private meet and greet with Span as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.
July 4:
Patriotic Series: Independence Day
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 Patriotic Series is presented by SAIC.
July 18:
Ian's Academy All-Stars
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will host "Ian's Academy All-Stars" before the team takes the field. 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 will enjoy a private meet and greet with Desmond as well as a special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.
July 19:
Harper's Heroes
Bryce Harper will host Harper's Heroes before the Nationals take the field. In partnership with the Nationals and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Harper's Heroes 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, T-shirts and tickets to the game, complete with NatsBucks.
July 31:
Neighborhood Night
The Nationals dedicate one game each year to members of the Southwest D.C. community. The team works closely with local community partners to provide discounted ticket offers and participate in pre-game festivities.
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August

August 2:
Harper's Heroes
Bryce Harper will host Harper's Heroes before the Nationals take the field. In partnership with the Nationals and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Harper's Heroes 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, T-shirts and tickets to the game, complete with NatsBucks.
August 2-3:
Harris Teeter Food Drive
The Nationals will collect non-perishable food items for the annual Harris Teeter Food Drive outside Center Field Gate on August 2 and 3. Fans who donate at least three items will receive two tickets to a Nationals home game. All items collected benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. In coordination with the drive, Nationals players and their spouses have visited the Capital Area Food Bank to assist with their Weekend Bag program.
August 6:
United States Coast Guard Night
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.
August 15:
IAVA Night
The Nationals will honor local military veterans as part of the annual Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Night, presented by Miller High Life. Miller will host more than 200 veterans and their families to a pregame BBQ where several Nationals players will be on hand for photos and autographs. Select veterans will also participate in pregame ceremonies. In recognition of the event, Nationals players and coaches will wear the team's patriotic uniforms featuring the Stars and Stripes Curly "W."

Ian's Academy All-Stars
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will host "Ian's Academy All-Stars" before the team takes the field. 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 will enjoy a private meet and greet with Desmond as well as a special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.
August 19:
Span's Fans
Nationals center fielder Denard Span will host "Span's Fans" before the team takes the field. In its second year, Span's Fans is a season-long program that treats children from single-parent families to an evening of Nationals baseball. The group will enjoy a private meet and greet with Span as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.
August 20:
United States Marine Corps Night
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.

Nationals Toy Drive
Fans may donate new, unwrapped toys when the Nationals host the annual Toy Drive outside Center Field Gate on August 20. The toys collected will be distributed to nonprofit organizations and hospital pediatric wards in the D.C. area by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the Toys For Tots Foundation during the holidays.
August 23:
Nationals/MedStar Health Youth Baseball Clinic
In conjunction with MedStar Health, the Nationals will 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. Children ages eight to 14 will participate in the free clinics which include on-field instruction, a meet and greet with a player and four tickets to a Nationals home game. Registration is not open to the public.
August 30:
Inova Blood Drive
The Nationals and Inova Health System will host two blood drives on June 7 and August 30. Fans who help save a life by donating blood will receive two tickets to a Nationals home game as well as opportunities to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Nationals Park and win autographed memorabilia.

Appointments required to donate. Go to nationals.com/donateblood to register.
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September

September 5:
Ian's Academy All-Stars
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond will host "Ian's Academy All-Stars" before the team takes the field. 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 will enjoy a private meet and greet with Desmond as well as a special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.
September 6:
Nationals/MedStar Health Youth Baseball Clinic
In conjunction with MedStar Health, the Nationals will 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. Children ages eight to 14 will participate in the free clinics which include on-field instruction, a meet and greet with a player and four tickets to a Nationals home game. Registration is not open to the public.

Washington Nationals Champions Day Series (Youth Baseball)
The Champions Day series is a Washington Nationals program that recognizes area teams that have won championship titles. Visit nationals.com/championsday for additional information.

Span's Fans
Nationals center fielder Denard Span will host "Span's Fans" before the team takes the field. In its second year, Span's Fans is a season-long program that treats children from single-parent families to an evening of Nationals baseball. The group will enjoy a private meet and greet with Span as well as special batting practice viewing and tickets complete with NatsBucks.
September 9:
Harper's Heroes
Bryce Harper will host Harper's Heroes before the Nationals take the field. In partnership with the Nationals and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Harper's Heroes 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, T-shirts and tickets to the game, complete with NatsBucks.
September 10:
Patriotic Series: Heroes Day
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 Patriotic Series is presented by SAIC.
September 23:
Hispanic Heritage Night
The Nationals will honor the contributions of the Hispanic community to baseball and society during the annual Hispanic Heritage Night.
September 25:
United Sates Air Force Night
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.
September 27:
Nationals School Supply Drive
The Nationals will host a school supply drive on September 27. Fans are encouraged to bring new school supplies to Center Field Gate to benefit D.C.- area students.
September 23-28:
Jerseys Off Their Backs Raffle
This popular annual raffle gives fans the chance to win a game-worn autographed jersey from a Nationals player while supporting the Dream Foundation's programs. Raffle tickets will be sold at Nationals Park during the final homestand. Winners will receive their jerseys from players during an on-field ceremony (weather permitting) following the last Sunday home game of the season on September 29. Jerseys will be shipped to winners who are not in attendance.
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Visits to hospitals and youth baseball camps will also take place throughout the season.