Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Easter Egg Roll/Autism Month/Military Appreciation Nights

UPDATE--Tonight's April 15th Game Versus The Phillies At Nationals Park--Postponed--No Make-Up Date Yet
While waiting for the rain to end and see if Our Washington Nationals will play The Philadelphia Phillies tonight at Nationals--here a few little things to pass along.

Our Racing Presidents made their second consecutive appearance at The White House Easter Egg Roll on Easter Monday. George, Abe, Tom & Teddy even appeared with Al Roker on NBC's Today Show Broadcast. It never ceases to amaze me how popular "The Rushmores" are and continue to be--everywhere they go.

April is Autism Awareness Month and Our Washington Nationals are participating throughout the month at all nine home games scheduled for Nationals Park with awareness and fundraiser programs. Not only will three local groups be on hand to distribute literature and reach out to the community for those in need--but on April 19th, Dwayne Herndon, our good friend from Noah's Pretzels (The Maker Of The Curly "W" Pretzel), will be on hand with his son, Noah, to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Noah, who is autistic, is the inspiration for his father's Noah's Pretzels. A portion of profits from Noah's Pretzels go directly to local Autism Programs.

Also that day, children from Sports Plus Camps and DC Autism Parents will take the field as "The Starting Nine"

Here is the complete Press Release from the team:


Ballclub Will Help To Raise Awareness & Funds for Autism Research During April Home Games

The Washington Nationals will host Autism Awareness Month at Nationals Park in April, the first of their 2009 Monthly Health Initiatives. The team will work with local organizations CSAAC (Community Services for Autistic Adults & Children), DC Autism Parents and Sports Plus to raise awareness and funds for this disease which afflicts one in every 150 individuals in the United States.

The Nationals aim to increase awareness for their monthly health initiatives through tabling opportunities at the ballpark, Public Service Announcements (PSA’s), player appearances and pregame recognition ceremonies. CSAAC, DC Autism Parents and Sports Plus will have representatives at the Nationals Community Table, located in the Center Field Plaza, during each of the nine Nationals home games in April. They will distribute information on autism and on how their organizations can assist those diagnosed with the disorder. PSA’s from the organizations will run on the Nationals Park scoreboard prior to each game. Additionally, Nationals player Willie Harris recorded a PSA that will run on WFED-1500AM, the Nationals radio partner, during each Nationals game broadcast in April, both home and away.

Prior to the Nationals game on Sunday, April 19 vs. the Florida Marlins at 1:35pm, Dwayne Herndon, owner of Noah’s Pretzels, and his son Noah, who is autistic, will deliver the ceremonial first pitch. Noah’s Pretzels was founded in 2007 to increase awareness and help raise funds for Autism. Also during the pregame ceremony, children from Sports Plus camps and DC Autism Parents will take the field together as the “Starting 9”. On Wednesday, April 22 at 11:00am, Willie Harris will visit Mill Creek Towne Elementary School in Montgomery County and spend time with the autistic students enrolled in their special education learning center.

The Nationals have provided the partner organizations with a ticket sales fundraising opportunity for all April home games. Fans may purchase discounted tickets through the page by clicking on the link for Autism Awareness Month. Tickets for this program are offered in the RF/LF Reserved Seats (Sections 101 & 102 and 138 through 143), RF/LF Mezzanine Seats (Sections 223 through 235), and Upper RF Terrace Seats (Sections 222 through 236). The donation to the partner organizations is included in the convenience fee added to the ticket. The Nationals will also provide the organizations with the opportunity to host a silent auction, featuring Nationals memorabilia, at the Community Table during one home game. All funds raised through these avenues will be distributed equally among the three organizations.

Finally, Force 3 Military Opening Night will take place on Thursday, April 16th when Our Washington Nationals take on The Phillies in the final game of 2009's Opening Home Series. This will be the first of six special nights to honor those who serve our country. A special ceremony will take place before each Military Night at Nationals Park. Discount tickets are available at

Complete Details In The Press Release Below:

Washington Nationals Host Force 3 Military Opening Night on Thursday, April 16

WHAT: The Washington Nationals will host Force 3 Military Opening Night on Thursday, April 16 when they face the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:05pm. The first of six military nights this season, the team will honor the Nation’s Armed Forces during a pregame ceremony and offer military personnel the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for that evening’s game.

The Ashley Ridge High School Air Force Junior ROTC will present the colors, followed by the performance of the National Anthem by Musician First Class Daryl Duff, U.S. Navy.

Discounted tickets will be available for military personnel through; select military ITT (information, tickets and travel) and MWR (morale, welfare and recreation) offices; and the Nationals Park Main Box Office. Through the internet, Left/Right Field Reserve Seats (Sections 101 & 102 and 138 through 143), normally priced at $24, are available for $18. Upper Infield Gallery Tickets (Sections 406 through 409 and 416 through 420), normally priced at $18 are available for $13. Through the participating military ITT and MWR offices, military personnel may receive $5.00 off select seat locations.

The Nationals Park Main Box Office will offer $3.00 off any ticket priced at $10.00 or more to those with a valid military identification. This discount is our standing military discount offered Monday through Thursday for all non-premium home games.

WHO: Washington Nationals

Force 3

Air Force Junior ROTC

MU1 Daryl Duff, U.S. Navy Sea Chanters
WHEN: Thursday, April 16, 2009

Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies

6:55pm – Pregame Ceremonies

7:05pm – First Pitch

WHERE: Nationals Park

1500 South Capitol Street, SE
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