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Lannan's Cannons

Washington Nationals and pitcher John Lannan Launch Lannan's Cannons

Pitcher Partners with The Children's Inn at NIH to Provide a Baseball Experience For Their Patients

Lannan's Cannons

The Washington Nationals and Pitcher John Lannan on Aug. 6 announced the launch of Lannan's Cannons, a ticket program designed to bring joy into the lives of sick children and their families. Lannan will host residents of The Children's Inn at NIH, located in Bethesda, MD, for a day of baseball and fun at the ballpark, away from their treatments and the hospital. Lannan will also lend his name and image to The Children's Inn Sports Ambassadors program, which aims to raise funds and awareness for their $93-a-night-campaign, which refers to the cost of housing families at The Inn.

Beginning on Sunday, August 9, Lannan will host 25 guests from The Children's Inn at Nationals Park for all remaining Sunday home games (August 23 vs. Milwaukee, September 6 vs. Florida and September 27 vs. Atlanta). In addition to the ticket to the game, each guest will receive a food voucher for a hot dog, chips and a drink, and a Lannan's Cannons t-shirt. Lannan will meet with the children and their families when they arrive at the ballpark, schedule permitting.

"My hope is that bringing these children to the ballpark will provide them with an escape from the rigors of treatment, and that they can enjoy a baseball game and a day with their families," said Nationals Pitcher John Lannan. "I'm proud to partner with The Children's Inn at NIH to raise awareness for their mission, while creating new Nationals fans throughout the region."

The Children's Inn Sports Ambassador Campaign was created and is currently managed by Bethesda, MD based Formula Sports & Entertainment Group (FS&E). For more information, go to formulasportsgroup.com

The Nationals continue their six-game homestand with this weekend's series vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks. Individual game tickets and parking are currently on sale for all Nationals games in 2009 through the Nationals Park Box Office, located at Half & N Street, SE; by visiting nationals.com; or calling 888.632.NATS(6287). Fans interested in Nationals Ticket Packages including Full, Half, Partial, or Mini season plans and Group Outings of 25 or more should call 202.675.NATS(6287) - Option #1 or log onto nationals.com. Nationals Park is located on the Metrorail Green Line at the Navy Yard station.