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Washington Nationals Announce Partnership With The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission
Washington Nationals Dream Foundation Presents Forestville Boys & Girls Club with Grant

Washington, D.C., January 30 - The Washington Nationals today announced a partnership with The Maryland-National Capital Parks & Planning Commission at a press conference held at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex. The Nationals are committed to growing its fan base within Prince George’s County and in assisting the development of baseball among youth baseball and softball participants.

“The Washington Nationals strive to create longstanding partnerships which encourage participation in youth baseball and softball and improve the health and well-being of the citizens of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area,” said Nationals Vice President of Communications & Community Relations Chartese Burnett. “This partnership allows us to reach youth we may not have touched before and expand the reach of the Nationals programs into a deserving  community.”

The Nationals have designated the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission’s Department of Parks & Recreation Prince George’s County as the recipient of the 2010 Baseball Equipment Drive – to be held at Nationals Park on Sunday, June 6. The Drive is held in partnership with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, which will provide the recipient with a $5,000 grant to purchase new equipment. The Nationals will also invite children from Prince George’s County to participate in a youth baseball clinic at Nationals Park and donate tickets to Nationals games to underserved youth and their families in the community. The Nationals have also pledged that their players will appear at one or more youth clinics hosted by Prince George’s County.

“We are honored to partner with the Nationals organization on this extremely important project, and extend our heartfelt appreciation for their support of our County’s youth,” said Samuel J. Parker Jr., Chairman of the Prince George’s County Planning Board.  “We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship as we work together to teach our young people the fundamentals of leadership and responsibility through the fundamentals of the game of baseball.”

“We are excited to partner with the Nationals to promote the game of baseball in Prince George's County,” added Steven Carter, M-NCPPC’s Chief of Sports, Health and Wellness. “This partnership will provide Prince George’s County youth with hands on learning, up close and personal appearances by major leaguers, and the ability to enhance their skills through the game of baseball.”

In addition to the forged partnership, The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation today granted the Forestville Boys & Girls Club with $5,000 to assist with programming and equipment needs. The Forestville Boys & Girls Club is an organization with a 49-year history of teaching boys and girls the fundamentals of baseball.  Their work has enabled thousands of children and teens to engage in tournament competition and to learn the values of teamwork and embrace the game of baseball.

2010 Season Ticket Packages are currently on sale and include tickets to the April 3 exhibition game vs. the Boston Red Sox at 50 percent off the listed season ticket price. Excellent season ticket locations are available throughout the ballpark. Fans who are interested in becoming Nationals season ticket holders and don’t want to miss a minute of the excitement at Nationals Park, including great plays by Nationals players Adam Dunn, Ryan Zimmerman and Nyjer Morgan, may secure their seats by calling
(202) 675.NATS(6287) – Option #1 or by visiting Nationals.com.

About the Washington Nationals Baseball Club

The Washington Nationals Baseball Club, owned by the Washington, D.C.-based Lerner Family, was relocated to the District in 2005 from Montreal. The team competes in Major League Baseball’s National League East. The Nationals play 81 home games each season at Nationals Park, the “Home of the National Pastime in the Nation’s Capital,” located in Southeast Washington.