August 28, 2014

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Creates Version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” Video

The District of Columbia has basketball fever and everyone is happy that the Wiz Kids are back in DC tonight to host the Pacers for game six of the NBA playoffs. Check out the fun video that MSE released. Warning: This tune is catchy and will stick in your head all day (that is not necessarily a bad thing!).

The video features Monumental Sports & Entertainment majority owner and chairman Ted Leonsis, MSE partners, District of Columbia mayor Vincent C. Gray, District of Columbia councilwoman and mayoral incumbent Muriel Bowser, District of Columbia councilman Jack Evans, Bullets alumni Gheorghe Muresan and Bob Dandridge, Wizards Radio Network broadcaster Dave Johnson and analyst Glenn Consor, Fox News’ Brett Baier, Comcast SportsNet’s Chris Miller, Ron Thompson, Gary Williams and Michael Jenkins, and WUSA 9’s Derek McGinty, Jan Jeffcoat, Topper Shutt and Dave Owens. The video also features members of the D.C. Fire Department and Emergency Services, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, the United States Army Band, G-Wiz, the Wizard Girls, Wizards fans and MSE staff.

Washington Capitals Game 76 Recap: Caps lack urgency; shutout by Stars

“If somehow we make the playoffs and we play like this who are we kidding?”
Capitals head coach Adam Oates

Game Recap Co-Authored by Dave and Cheryl Nichols

With seven games left on the schedule, every game is “must win” for the Washington Capitals. On Tuesday, at the Verizon Center no less, the Caps faced a Western Conference team that is in very much the same position. The result: the Dallas Stars spanked the Caps 5-0, all but eliminating the Caps from any further playoff discussion.

“It’s frustrating to see it, for all of us, ” said defenseman Karl Alzner. “We are all asking ourselves the exact same question and everybody wants to do it and be the guy, sometimes it’s being 20 guys and not just the guy, and maybe that has something to do with it. I am not too sure. It’s frustrating. Obviously, we are not happy with the way that we have been playing. Terrible time to go on a skid.”

Dallas broke the ice in middle of a sleepy first period. Tyler Seguin won a puck battle behind the Caps net with John Carlson and fed Jamie Benn at the top of the left wing circle. Benn’s shot headed for Jaroslav Halak’s crest, but Seguin did nice work to drive the net and tipped the puck past Halak on the glove side to put Dallas up 1-0.

The Stars added to that lead in the second. A terrible line change led to a 2-on-0 and Ray Whitney faked Halak out of his skates for his ninth goal of the season. Another defensive breakdown 34 seconds later allowed Dustin Jeffrey to register his first goal of the season, sending Halak to the bench replaced by Braden Holtby, more a wake-up call to his teammates, who left him out to dry all night long.

“We’re all a group,” said Caps Head Coach Adam Oates to the guys in the second intermission, ‘You know what, we’re down and if we come back – we have before, we could – we can’t come back playing wrong. If somehow we make the playoffs and we play like this who are we kidding? We have to figure out a way to get better together. It is just us collectively in here.’ Obviously it’s very disappointing.”

Dallas added insult to injury in the third, with Jeffrey scoring his second of the game, on a feed by the veteran Whitney. As if that wasn’t enough (and it was more than enough) Ryan Garbutt tacked on a short-handed goal with 5:10 left in the contest.

Caps Captain Alex Ovechkin was asked if he had an answer for the reoccurring mistakes.

“It’s hard to say sometimes now. We understand the position and we need the points, but we didn’t get the points. We made some mistakes. We turned over one in our zone, [one] in the neutral zone and it cost us the game.”

“It goes back to wanting to be ‘the guy.’” explained defenseman Karl Alzner. “You want to make the nice play to spark the team, to get a goal or make the nice pass to break us out. Very few teams can do that; it’s about playing simple, and it’s not always fun to play that way, and we sure haven’t helped ourselves by us all being irresponsible on the ice with the puck in all three zones. We’ve got to be smarter and we’ve got to make simple plays.”

The “lack of urgency” was a hot topic throughout the arena and locker room. Goalie Braden Holtby had a strong opinion. “There wasn’t any today, that’s for sure. That was zero urgency.” Defenseman John Carlson agreed, however, explained, “In certain situations. Then I think we over exerted ourselves on other situations that we didn’t need to.”

“The last three games we’ve played,” Holtby paused before completing his thought, “have just not even been close to good enough to play in the playoffs. Or do anything in the playoffs for that matter.”

The Capitals have six games left, likely needing six wins, with their final two games hosting Western Conference powerhouses Chicago and St. Louis. You’re never eliminated until you’re mathematically eliminated, but even the most optimistic supporters have to be prepared at this point for this team not qualifying for the playoffs.

“As a team we thought we’d probably need all seven to get in [to the playoffs], but now we have no choice,” said Caps defenseman John Carlson, “It’s probably going to be a win-out situation.”

The team will need to bounce back from this loss to have any hopes of the playoffs. “You just have to brush it off,” said Eric Fehr. “It’s not going to be an easy one to brush off, but we still have a chance. We still have an opportunity. We’ve got to win some games, we’ve got to go on a roll, but you can’t sulk with games like this. You’ve got to put them behind you.”

Holtby added, “No one played good tonight. Everyone has to expect more of themselves. It’s a collective unit, you can’t point fingers. It’s the Washington Capitals. We have to do better. A lot better.”

Tonight was the 220th consecutive sellout at the Verizon Center and the fans let the Washington Capitals how they felt about the loss.

Holtby sided with the fans. “If I was a fan, I’d be booing us right now. In a tight race, like we’re in, and you lose five nothing, it’s awful.”

CAPS: Club Scarlet Brunch at Clyde’s

Club Scarlet Clyde's

Club Scarlet will be hosting a brunch on Sunday, March 2, at Clyde’s of Gallery Place from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. before the Capitals take on the Philadelphia Flyers. Tickets are $20 and include a delicious brunch buffet, plus a drink ticket valid for one mimosa (does not include game ticket). There will also be a cash bar available for other beverage purposes.  This event is all-ages.

Club Scarlet Breakfast Buffet Menu:

• French Toast
• Seasonal Quiche
• Seasonal Fruit
• Scrambled Eggs
• Bacon
• Brunch Potatoes
• Bagels (smoked salmon, capers & chive cream cheese, classic cream cheese)
• Homemade Croissants & Coffee Cake
• Includes freshly brewed coffee, hot tea, iced tea, and orange juice

Check-in begins at 10:15 a.m. Club Scarlet will be raffling off some great autographed Caps items, including a pair of tickets to the game that day! Come and mingle with other Scarlet members before heading over to Verizon Center or stick around to watch the game at Clyde’s!

Click here to purchase tickets* (promo code: BRUNCH). A confirmation email with additional details will be sent the week of the event. Tickets are expected to sell out, so buy yours today!

Clyde’s of Gallery Place
707 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

* Please note that brunch tickets do not include a ticket to the Caps game.

NATS/P-NATS: Potomac Nationals 2014 Promotional Schedule

Source: Potomac Nationals home page

Source: Potomac Nationals home page

 

POTOMAC NATIONALS UNVEIL 2014 PROMOTIONAL SCHEDULE
30th Anniversary of G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium to Feature
Most Entertaining Promo Slate in Franchise History

Woodbridge, VA—As the Potomac Nationals celebrate 30 seasons of baseball at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium during the 2014 campaign, the P-Nats’ faithful will be treated to the most entertaining promotional schedule in the history of the franchise.

The Potomac Nationals are pleased to unveil an extremely potent promo slate that is underscored by a club-record 18 fireworks shows, 15 premium giveaways including the Jayson Werth “Wolf-A-rine” and the Werth Bobble Beard, as well as P-Nats bobbleheads of former first round draft picks, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon, five game used and autographed throwback jersey auctions, and a visit from the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo with Tim “Wild Thang” Lepard & Team Ghost Riders as seen on ESPN’s E:60 program.

The Cowboy Monkey Rodeo is an internationally recognized live animal entertainment act that features capuchin monkeys riding sheep dogs herding livestock. Lepard and Team Ghost Riders have performed at destinations around Minor League Baseball, and even at the home of the Super Bowl hopeful, Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

“We are extremely excited about the entertainment we are bringing to our fans this summer at The Pfitz. The fireworks, premium giveaways, celebrity appearances, and our stadium’s 30th anniversary tributes along with the always affordable ticket options and revamped concessions items will give everyone in the family a variety of reasons to be a part of P-Nats Baseball in 2014. Last season was the best in franchise history across the board, and we know this year will be even better. I can’t wait to see our fans on Opening Day come April 8th,” says Potomac Nationals Vice President/General Manager, Josh Olerud.

The quintet of throwback jerseys to be auctioned off will be replicas of uniform tops worn during the eras of the Prince William Pirates (1984-1986), Prince William Yankees (1987-1988), Prince William Cannons (1989-1998), Potomac Cannons (1999-2004), and the Potomac Nationals (2005-Present).

To highlight the bridge from The Pfitz to “The Show,” the club will be unveiling a Potomac Nationals Wall of Fame up the First Base Line along the Home Clubhouse to pay tribute to former P-Nats players who have graduated to the Washington Nationals.

In addition, a host of celebrity appearances featuring to be determined past and present stars from Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League are planned for the upcoming ‘14 slate.

The Potomac Nationals have confirmed these additional 2014 giveaway items:

-2014 and 2015 Magnet Schedules
-2013 P-Nats Player of the Year, Michael Taylor Jersey Pillow
-Bryce Harper P-Nats T-Shirt
-Poster Series featuring: Taylor Jordan (MLB Debut), Anthony Rendon (MLB Debut), Jayson Werth, Bryce Harper, and Ryan Zimmerman
-2014 Team Photo
-2014 Team Poster
-2014 Playoffs Rally Towels

Middle School Science Day with the Potomac Nationals is circled for Thursday, April 10th and first pitch is set for 10:35am.

The Nationals have also announced four Scout Nights in 2014 for area boy scouts to camp out on the Pfitzner Stadium diamond and enjoy a post-game screening of a baseball film while sleeping under the stars. Scout Nights will take place on Saturday, May 31st (6:35pm), Friday, June 13th (7:05pm), Saturday, July 26th (6:35pm), and Saturday, August 16th (6:35pm).

A pair of summer camp/day care games will be hosted on Wednesday, July 30th, and Thursday, August 7th with both contests beginning at 12:05pm.

Theme nights for the 2014 season include: Football Night, Hockey Night, Friday the 13th Night, Wing Fling, Man vs. Food II, Health and Wellness Night, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Food Truck Nights, Halfway to St. Patty’s Day, Bark in the Park Days, and many more!

Military Appreciation Night, a hallmark of the Potomac franchise, will honor the armed forces community in Northern Virginia on Sunday, June 22nd at 6:05pm.

The most exciting stretch of the 2014 season is Fourth of July Weekend from Friday, July 4th to Sunday, July 6th. P-Nats fans will be able to purchase “Food, Fireworks, & Fun” loaded tickets that include a pre-game picnic pass, a reserved ticket, and the biggest fireworks blast-off of the season.

A pair of Community Nights will don the 2014 schedule in which corporate partners distribute banks of complimentary tickets to their customers. Community Nights at The Pfitz are scheduled for Thursday, June 12th (7:05pm) and Thursday, July 17th. (7:05pm)

Also, the P-Nats will be keeping the tradition of the annual Guns vs. Hoses Charity Softball Game where members of the Prince William County Police Department battle against an area fire and rescue department.

The P-Nats’ 2014 weekly promotional schedule looks like this…

DOLLAR MONDAYS:
$1 General Admission Tickets and $1 Hot Dogs

TWO-FOR-TUESDAYS:
2 Tickets, 2 Hot Dogs, & 2 Small Sodas for the Price of One

BELLYBUSTER WEDNESDAYS:
GA ticket with All-you-can-eat meal provided by local restaurants

THURSDAY CHEERS:
Discounted Drink Specials

PREMIUM GIVEAWAY FRIDAYS:
GIVEAWAYS! GIVEAWAYS! GIVEAWAYS!

FIREWORKS SATURDAYS:
FIREWORKS! FIREWORKS! FIREWORKS!

FAMILY SUNDAYS:
Pre-game Player Autograph Station, Kids Run the Bases, Catch on the Field, and Fireworks Shows in Second Half of Season

Second half fireworks shows on Sundays will return in 2014 with all Sunday games after the Carolina League All-Star Break beginning at 6:05pm and to be followed by a fireworks extravaganza.

Kids will have the opportunity to run the bases after every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday game during the 2014 season.

New for 2014, the always-popular, Tennis Ball Toss will be running after all 70 games where fans will be able to purchase tennis balls during the game to throw onto the field post-game in order to unlock prizes from corporate sponsors of the Potomac Nationals.

More information on the 2014 Potomac Nationals Promotional Schedule will be available soon including dates, times, and specifics for all promotions.

Opening Day 2014 at Pfitzner Stadium is Tuesday, April 8th as the Nationals host the Lynchburg Hillcats (Atlanta Braves). First pitch is set for 7:05pm.

For Potomac Nationals 2014 season tickets, mini plans, group tickets, picnic outings, and corporate partnerships, call the Potomac Nationals Ticket Office at 703-590-2311 or head to www.potomacnationals.com for more information.

The Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League play at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia, and are the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals. P-Nats 2014 season tickets and mini plans are now on sale. Sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 season and beyond are available. Plan your corporate outing now for the 2014 season to see the future stars of the Washington Nationals at The Pfitz as the P-Nats offer discounted group rates and all-inclusive picnic options. Visit the P-Nats online at www.potomacnationals.com or call the Potomac Nationals Ticket Office at 703-590-2311 for more information!

NATS: Washington Nationals 2014 NatsFest Details

Washington nationals logoWASHINGTON NATIONALS ANNOUNCE 2014 NATSFEST DETAILS

The biggest event of the offseason will be held Saturday, January 25
from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center

The Washington Nationals today released new details about 2014 NatsFest, taking place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Season Plan Holders will have exclusive access to the event for an entire hour (10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) before NatsFest opens to the general public at 11:00 a.m. For more information on becoming a Season Plan Holder and receiving exclusive benefits like this, visit nationals.com/2014.

More than 20 Nationals players and team personnel are expected to attend the fun-filled baseball festival including* Tyler Clippard, Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa, Gio Gonzalez, Scott Hairston, Bryce Harper, Ryan Mattheus, Tyler Moore, Ross Ohlendorf, Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark, Sammy Solis, Steven Souza, Jr., Denard Span, Craig Stammen, Drew Storen, Stephen Strasburg, Zach Walters and Jayson Werth. Fans will also have the first opportunity to meet three of the team’s newest additions, pitchers Doug Fister and Jerry Blevins, and manager Matt Williams. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo as well as team broadcasters Bob Carpenter, F.P. Santangelo, Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler are also expected to be in attendance.

Open to fans of all ages, NatsFest will offer a variety of activities including:
o Q & A sessions with players and Nationals staff on various topics
o Exclusive interviews and game shows on the main stage
o Opportunities to take photos with players and team mascots
o A special Jr. Nats Kids area featuring Player Story Times and Kids Press Conferences
o Games, caricatures and interactive events and surprises
o Live demonstrations from Youth Baseball Academy and Nationals Summer Camps instructors

The event will also feature:
o Live broadcast by 106.7 The Fan, the team’s official flagship radio station
o A Big League Lounge for fans 21 and over
o Opportunities to purchase the latest Nationals merchandise as well as game-used and autographed memorabilia
o Batting cages and inflatable games
o D.J. Stylus Chris spinning music throughout the day

Tickets purchased in advance at nationals.com/natsfest will cost $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, with prices increasing to $25 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under the day of the event. Season Plan Holders will receive $5 off the entry fee when tickets are purchased in advance ($15 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under) or on the day of the event ($20 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under). Please note that all autograph vouchers are SOLD OUT; autograph voucher holders are encouraged to visit nationals.com/natsfest for important information.

For directions and parking information, including pre-pay parking options, visit the National Harbor website at http://nationalharbor.com/directory-parking/.

*All player appearances are subject to change

CHIEFS/NATS: Potomac Nationals Polar Plunge

For anyone in the Washington, DC area that didn’t think that they could feel any colder today…..

Potomac Nationals Logo

P-NATS HOST 1st ANNUAL TWO-DAY POLAR PLUNGE AT THE PFITZ
Amidst Arctic Air Temperatures, Nationals Give Fans Opportunity to Nestle in Ice Tub
at Pfitzner Stadium to Unlock 2014 Full Season Tickets; Additional Ticket Offer Complements Frosty Temps

Woodbridge, VA—While temperatures plummet in Northern Virginia and around the country, the Potomac Nationals encourage fans to participate in the first annual two-day P-Nats Polar Plunge at Pfitzner Stadium on Tuesday, January 7th and Wednesday, January 8th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm each day.

Nationals fans will have the opportunity to win full general admission season tickets to the upcoming 2014 season if they stay submerged for a total of five seconds inside the home clubhouse ice bath tub which will be wheeled into the first base dugout.

Expected wind chill temperatures for Woodbridge, Virginia are scheduled to be below zero on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

In addition, with a minimum ticket package purchase of $75, the Nationals are offering additional 2014 GA ticket vouchers for each degree below zero that the wind chill temps reach on Tuesday.

These vouchers may be picked up on Wednesday at the Potomac Nationals Ticket Office.

This ticket offer is only available for new P-Nats ticket holders, and not current ticket plan holders.

The Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League play at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia, and are the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals. P-Nats 2014 season tickets and mini plans are now on sale. Sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 season and beyond are available. Plan your corporate outing now for the 2014 season to see the future stars of the Washington Nationals at The Pfitz as the P-Nats offer discounted group rates and all-inclusive picnic options. Visit the P-Nats online at www.potomacnationals.com or call the Potomac Nationals Ticket Office at 703-590-2311 for more information!

NATS: Halloween Costume Contest

Enter Teddy’s #PicOrTreat Halloween Costume Contest for a change to trick or treat with Racing President Teddy! Just post a photo of you and/or your kids in a Washington Nationals-themed costume to Instagram with the hashtag #PicOrTreat by Wednesday, October 23 to enter to win! The five finalists will be announced October 24. See Official Rules.

The fall weather is upon us now so this weekend is perfect timing for heading to a pumpkin patch and picking out the perfect pumpkin. Fans can even download the Nats stencils and show your Natitude by carving a Nats pumpkin! Be creative!

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NATS:P-NATS: Potomac Nationals Offering Courtesy Tickets to Government Employees

Potomac Nationals LogoPotomac Nationals Give Back to Federal Government Workers for their Support with 2014 Opening Day Tickets

Amidst the ongoing federal government shutdown which began October 1, the Potomac Nationals are giving back to government workers for their steadfast support of P-Nats Baseball.

The Nationals are offering courtesy 2014 P-Nats Opening Day tickets to those government employees who have been furloughed as a result of the shutdown, in addition to the opportunity for these government workers to serve the team in a game operations role during the ’14 season as part of the P-Nats’ gameday staff.

All federal government employees who have been furloughed may receive one free 2014 Opening Day ticket by showing government identification at the Potomac Nationals Front Office at any point throughout the course of the 2013 government shutdown during regular business hours (9:00am to 5:00pm).

The first qualified federal government employee to apply for the 2014 gameday position in person at Pfitzner Stadium will be hired in an effort to assist in recouping compensation lost during the shutdown.

Pfitzner Stadium, home of the Potomac Nationals, is located at 7 County Complex Court in Woodbridge, VA.

CAPS: Braden Holtby Takes Over Capitals Twitter

Braden Holtby stretching during warmups at Verizon Center, May 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Braden Holtby stretching during warmups at Verizon Center, May 2 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

 

Washington Capitals Goalie Braden Holtby (@Holts170) will take over the @washcaps Twitter account on Wednesday, September 25 from noon – 1 p.m. to answer fan questions. Tweet your questions with #AskHoltby to participate.

NATS/P-NATS: Potomac Nationals Set Single-Season Attendance Record

Potomac Nationals LogoPOTOMAC NATIONALS SET SINGLE-SEASON
ATTENDANCE RECORD IN 2013 AT PFITZNER STADIUM
During a Hallmark 2013 Carolina League Campaign,
a Record 236, 772 Fans Entered The Pfitz to Enjoy P-Nats Baseball

Woodbridge, VA—The Potomac Nationals are delighted to announce that a new franchise single-season attendance record at Pfitzner Stadium has been set after 236,772 fans enjoyed P-Nats Baseball during a hallmark 2013 Carolina League regular season.

An average of 3,534 fans per game entered The Pfitz during the Nationals’ 2013 regular campaign to be a part of the most affordable and entertaining family friendly atmosphere in Northern Virginia.

The P-Nats’ record attendance number registered in 2013 shattered the previous benchmark of 220,145 set in 1998 by the Prince William Cannons (St. Louis Cardinals).

In the 36th season of the Potomac franchise, The Potomac Nationals finished the Carolina League season ranked fourth in the eight-team circuit in overall and single-game average 2013 attendance.

With an attendance mark of over 235,000 fans, the P-Nats have now eclipsed the 200,000 fan threshold for the eleventh time in franchise history dating back to the 1990 Prince William Cannons (New York Yankees) who accomplished this feat for this first time.

On the field, the Potomac Nationals set single-season franchise records for both wins (84) and winning percentage (.604). The Nationals also owned the best home record in the Carolina League, a win/loss ledger of (47-23).

Potomac captured both the First- and Second-Half Northern Division Championship titles in 2013 and beat the Lynchburg Hillcats (Atlanta Braves) in the 2013 Carolina League Northern Division Playoff Series to advance to the 2013 Mills Cup Championship. The Nationals came up short in their bid for the club’s fifth all-time championship crown falling in three straight games in the best-of-five series to the 2013 Carolina League Champion, Salem Red Sox (Boston).

P-Nats fans witnessed a star-studded cast of players in 2013 including a slew of mid-season Carolina League All-Stars (OF Billy Burns, C Adrian Nieto, LHP Robbie Ray, and RHP Blake Schwartz) and a trio of year-end Carolina League All-Stars (RHP Robert Benincasa, Burns, and CF Michael Taylor).

In ’13, the P-Nats welcomed a faction of Major League rehabilitation stars from the Washington Nationals including, LHP Ross Detwiler, RHP Christian Garcia, LF Bryce Harper, RHP Ross Ohlendorf, C Wilson Ramos, RF Jayson Werth, and 3B Ryan Zimmerman to Pfitzner Stadium.
These additional franchise records were set or tied during the 2013 season:
-Career Doubles (74-Taylor)
-Total Saves in a Single-Season (42-Tied) [1997, Prince William Cannons-St. Louis Cardinals]
-Most Wins Without a Loss by One Pitcher (RHP Greg Holt-9 Wins, 0 Losses-Tied)

During their blockbuster 2013 season, the Potomac Nationals continued their mission of staying connected with their local community in Northern Virginia. After 36 seasons in the record books as a Carolina League franchise, the P-Nats remain steadfast with their longstanding tradition of giving back to people in our own backyard including non-profit organizations, local schools, and those in times of need.

The Potomac Nationals raised over $100,000 in 2013 across all of their fundraising branches.

As a precursor to each season, the Potomac Nationals host an annual hot stove banquet featuring special guests from the Washington Nationals and a sports memorabilia silent auction. All of the funds raised during this sports auction go directly to S.P.A.R.K. (Supporting Partnerships and Resources for Kids), a support arm of the Prince William County Public School system. Helping students reach their full potential by supporting this academic enrichment program has been a terrific way for the Potomac Nationals to usher in the baseball season for the last five years.

In 2013, the Potomac Nationals sent the most viral member of the front office team, the official mascot, Uncle Slam, out into elementary schools to remind children how important reading is to their development as a young person. Uncle Slam’s Reading Program kicks off in February and runs through the month of June and has been a trademark community program for the P-Nats for the last decade. Uncle Slam rewards children for reading four books by coming out to their school and performing a live action reading of Casey At Bat along with members of the Nationals’ staff. This reading program has become an annual staple of the P-Nats’ community outreach initiatives. Over 200,000 kids have been impacted over the last ten seasons by this reading program.

Following the impact of the torrential tornadoes in the state of Oklahoma, the Nationals decided to step up to the plate and help the families who had lost so much in these storms. A sports memorabilia auction on the Pfitzner Stadium concourse featured items from around the Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, National Football League, and National Basketball Association landscapes. One hundred percent of these funds went directly to the OKStrong Disaster Relief Fund in an effort to better the lives of the people in Oklahoma irreconcilably damaged by these twisters.

All season long, the Nationals offer a unique fundraising opportunity for non-profit organizations, schools, and charity groups in which these members may purchase general admission tickets and then re-sell the tickets for a profit in an effort to raise money for their association. In addition, these groups receive special tickets with the organization printed on the face of the ticket while being featured on the video board in the outfield and over the public address microphone during the game. Also, these groups have the chance to run 50/50 raffles to further their fundraising opportunity. This is a truly a remarkable win/win program for community group leaders in Northern Virginia and the Potomac Nationals. HomeAid Northern Virginia, a non-profit started in 2001 by the members of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA), took advantage of this fundraising opportunity with P-Nats Baseball for the last three seasons. A continued success for both their organization and the Potomac Nationals, HomeAid Northern Virginia is proud to report they have completed 77 projects valued at nearly $12 million. Exposure at Pfitnzer Stadium affords HomeAid Northern Virginia the invaluable opportunity to network with other businesses, give back to the homeless population, and raise funds which go back to those people who live without a home in our community.

This season, in association with the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic branch, the Nationals hosted a commemorative game used and autographed jersey auction which featured an appearance by Washington Redskins Super Bowl Quarterback, Joe Theismann. The Redskins legend visited with the Make-A-Wish kids, signed autographs for the P-Nats faithful, and most importantly granted the wishes of many children who have life-threatening illnesses.

In addition, the Nationals, in conjunction with Autism Speaks and title sponsor, Lindsay Automotive, ran a special jersey auction in 2013 to benefit the non-profit group on Autism Awareness Day at The Pfitz. Autism Speaks received all funds raised in the jersey auction and had the opportunity to disseminate autism awareness information throughout the ballgame to promote understanding of this disorder.
Furthermore, the Potomac franchise, in a joint partnership with a non-profit organization, holds an annual charity golf tournament. In 2013, to benefit SYA Baseball, the Nationals held their golf tourney on the links at Old Hickory Golf Club, a local private golf course in Woodbridge, VA which is a long fly ball from Pfitzner Stadium. Members of the Washington Nationals and Potomac Nationals staffs in addition to P-Nats sponsors, season ticket holders, and group leaders collaborate for a fun afternoon of golf to support a great cause.

Osbourn Park High School Night at Pfitzner Stadium in 2013 was a grand success for the neighborhood public school and the Nationals. Students from OPHS came out in droves to support an evening of baseball directly engineered to benefit the schools’s athletic department. The P-Nats wore Osbourn Park Baseball replica jerseys that evening and the team ran a silent auction to decide which fans would take home the autographed uniform tops. The Nationals hope to make this an annual partnership with local high school athletic departments after a great fan response and following a sizeable contribution made to OPHS Athletics.

Homes for Heroes in combination with the P-Nats Annual Military Appreciation Nights has become an invaluable partnership for both entities after another successful affiliation in 2013. Homes for Heroes is a company that affiliates with realtors, lenders, and other real estate-related service providers who offer substantial rebates and discounts to the Heroes who serve our nation and its communities every day. Our Heroes include military personnel, firefighters, law enforcement officers and others who make our communities a better place to live. Homes for Heroes was out in force on both Military Appreciation Nights in 2013 to spread the message of how our community’s Heroes can benefit from aligning with the non-profit organization.

To piggyback local heroes benefiting from coming out to Pfitzner Stadium in 2013, the P-Nats hosted the second annual Guns vs. Hoses Charity Softball Game as members of the Prince William County Police Department squared off against the Yorkshire Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. An array of police officers and fire department members and their families enjoyed a relaxing day at the ballpark while renewing a yearly rivalry by competing in softball on the very same field used by the future stars of the Washington Nationals. Both the PWC Police Department and the Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Squad were able to provide safety tips to fans, display emergency vehicles, and be recognized for the invaluable work they do while protecting our neighborhoods.

In a milestone move to acknowledge the exceptional capabilities of our country’s military members to influence their community once home from war, the Potomac Nationals became the first team in Minor League Baseball to institute a hiring program specifically engineered to usher in United States military members. The “Hire-A-Vet” program was initiated with the hiring of Arthur Bouvier IV, a U.S. Army veteran, who was brought into the Potomac Nationals’ fold as the Assistant Director of Stadium Operations. Bouvier has assisted the ballclub as an all-utility man working as a troubleshooter in many different aspects of stadium operation including ballpark maintenance, grounds crew, parking, press box operations, and security. This initiative stemmed directly from one of the Army Chief of Staff, General Ray Odierno’s top priorities of assisting soldiers transitioning from the Army, as well as Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers in finding jobs.

In the aftermath of a 2013 Mills Cup Championship Series appearance, it is clear that the 36th season of the Potomac franchise yielded the most fan-friendly, entertaining, and community oriented campaign in the history of the club. The on-field prowess of the future leading lights for the Washington Nationals complemented the perennial promotion by the club to make for a record-setting 2013 campaign.

The Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League play at Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Virginia, and are the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals. P-Nats 2014 season tickets and mini plans are now on sale. Sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 season and beyond are available. Plan your corporate outing now for the 2014 season to see the future stars of the Washington Nationals at The Pfitz as the P-Nats offer discounted group rates and all-inclusive picnic options. Visit the P-Nats online at www.potomacnationals.com or call the ticket office at 703-590-2311 for more information!

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