From the District’s Ward 8, there is a postcard view of Nationals Park looking across the Anacostia River. However too many in the community have never seen the stadium from the inside. The Anacostia Waterfront Trust, a project of the Federal City Council, is one of several partners working to remedy this by taking a large group of Ward 8 kids out to the ballgame on September 27th. The Nationals have donated 250 tickets to the Anacostia Coordinating Council to take 200 kids and adult volunteer chaperones from Ward 8 to the final Sunday game of the year. The Anacostia Coordinating Council, the Trust and other partners are coordinating transportation to and from the park, recruiting chaperones, and providing specially-designed souvenir t-shirts. The 250 new Nats fans will also enjoy a healthy meal at the ballpark from partner Max’s Grill.
Most of the participating young people will be selected by two social service agencies, the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative and Children of Mine.
In addition to the Anacostia Coordinating Committee and the agencies above, the Trust’s partners in the project are the Office of Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity and the US Coast Guard Headquarters. Financial sponsors, including Carsquare, Bernstein Management Corporation, Forest City Washington, and Persimmon Tree Capital, are making the day possible.
We can’t wait to see these kids show off their new-found Natitude and will be sure to post lots of pictures online for anyone who is interested. Please look out for future updates and, as always, GO NATS!