Nats launch unprecedented program

The Nationals announced their 2009 DC Public High School Initiative recently. Nationals President Stan Kasten announced the landmark initiative which consists of two elements: one that is specific to the District High Schools with baseball teams and one that applies to all of the public high schools within the city. 

The Nationals have invited each of the 12 district public high school baseball teams to hold one two-hour practice at Nationals Park, utilizing either the field or the indoor batting cages. 

This exceptional program is offered at no cost to the schools. Practices will take place before the end of the school year and be held from 3:30 p.m. ET to 5:30 p.m. ET. Three high schools — Cardozo Senior High School, Dunbar High School and Roosevelt Senior High School — have already scheduled their practices

“The Washington Nationals are thrilled to provide our field for the High School baseball players who may one day wear our uniform,” Kasten said. “This is a unique opportunity for the city’s young athletes to spend a few hours on a Major League ball field. In addition, through our wide-spread ticket donation program, we are pleased to invite each public high school to enjoy their own very night at Nationals Park.”

All public high schools have been invited to select one home game from a list of available dates to be billed as their night at Nationals Park. The team will donate tickets for students and faculty to attend the game and their school will be recognized as part of a pre-game recognition ceremony.

Additionally, the Nationals have named the district public high school athletic departments as the recipient of the 2009 Baseball Equipment Drive in partnership with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. Fans may donate new and gently used baseball and softball equipment during the first weekend in May (1-3) when the team faces the Cardinals. 

A $5,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, along with the donated equipment, will be shared among the district public high school athletic departments.

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