Youth baseball and softball players have another thing in common with their big league counterparts - they are all playing for the Washington Nationals.
In an unprecedented partnership with D.C. Little League and D.C. Parks and Recreation, the Nationals Youth Baseball Uniform Program was launched in 2015. Through this program, the Nationals are providing a Nationals top and cap to every boy and girl playing in a D.C. Little League or in the DPR Rookie League. In 2017, in conjunction with Inova Health System, the program is expanding to include Virginia District 4 Little League and Virginia District 7 Cal Ripken Babe Ruth leagues.
By providing the uniforms at no cost to the leagues and families, the Nationals aim to breakdown and minimize financial barriers that can prevent kids from playing baseball. Youth players are also given the opportunity to experience a major league game at Nationals Park through a complimentary ticket offer, and connect with Nationals players as they visit the leagues throughout the season.
While all teams in the participating leagues are wearing Nationals uniforms the teams are differentiated through the use of various team styles and colors.