Sean Doolittle, Howie Kendrick, and their families strive to make the Salute to Service experience as special as possible on days when the Nationals host surviving family members. During Salute to Service games that honor TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) families, Sean and Howie invite the group to view batting practice from the field and meet with them privately before the game. Participants share stories of their lost loved ones, take photos with the players, receive autographs and a gift, and see pictures of their loved ones on NatsHD during the Salute.
Adam combines his passion for cars with his passion for making a difference with his Rev Up The Park charity car show. The event brings car enthusiasts and baseball fans together to showcase their vehicles in the parking garage at Nationals Park. The third annual event is July 25, and again benefits The Dragonfly Foundation supporting pediatric cancer patients and families. For more information visit www.revupthepark.com
In an effort to raise funds for the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, Max Scherzer and his wife, Erica, host the Scherzer Showdown, a fantasy football fundraiser. This event offers participants a unique opportunity to play fantasy football with their favorite Washington Nationals players and other local celebrities. For more information or to register for the August 30 event, visit www.scherzershowdown.com.
Max and Erica are passionate supporters of the Humane Rescue Alliance, a Washington, D.C. organization that protects animals, supports families, and advocates for positive change to create a world where all animals can thrive. Erica serves on the Board and the Scherzers are spearheading a pledge campaign for each strikeout Max records. They will match every pledge doubling the impact. To make a pledge visit www.humanerescuealliance.org/pitchingin.
Ryan Zimmerman's commitment to the community is best illustrated through his work with the ziMS Foundation, which he founded in 2006, his first full season in the Major Leagues. The ziMS Foundation aims to raise money and awareness for programs benefitting those afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is a disease close to Ryan's heart. In 1995, his mother, Cheryl, was diagnosed with MS, a chronic and unpredictable disease that affects the central nervous system.
Serving as the foundation's president, Zimmerman is actively involved in decision-making and donates his time, money and image to promoting the Foundation. Though it remains staffed entirely by volunteers, including friends and family, the foundation has raised $3.5 million for organizations dedicated to the fight against MS.