The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children and teens in the Washington, D.C. region by supporting initiatives focused on academics, the arts, nutrition and sports. Through the generosity of Nationals fans and corporate partners, the Dream Foundation is using the power of baseball to provide a world of opportunity for area youth.
- The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy:
In Partnership with the District Government
To use the sports of baseball and softball as vehicles to foster positive character development, academic achievement and improved health among at-risk Washington, D.C., youth. Located in Ward 7's Fort Dupont Park, the Academy campus opened officially in March, 2014, and includes three baseball fields and an education center. The Dream Foundation provided a $1 million payment during the preconstruction phase and will pay out another $2.5 million dollars over ten years while continuing to fundraise for the Academy.
- The Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children's National Medical Center:
In Partnership with Children's National Medical Center
The Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children's National Medical Center opened in June, 2013, and offers a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting children with diabetes and their families. With state-of-the-art treatment rooms and a multi-functional education center, the facility houses classrooms, a media room, a demonstration kitchen, computer kiosks and various other tools to empower families battling diabetes.
- The Neighborhood Initiative:
Grants and in-kind donations are among the various resources awarded through this initiative to local nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to improving the Southeast/Southwest D.C. neighborhoods surrounding Nationals Park and beyond. Beneficiaries include Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Literacy Lab, Jan's Tutoring House, Latino Student Fund, Step Afrika!, Banneker City Little League, Capitol Hill Little League, Arlington Little League Challenger Division, Rebuilding Together DC, Anacostia Riverkeeper and Nationals Miracle Field among others.
- The Washington Nationals Miracle Field
In Partnership with the Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation, the Kiwanis Club of Bethesda and Montgomery County
The Washington Nationals Miracle Field opened in August, 2011, and serves as the home for the Miracle League of Montgomery County, Maryland. The Miracle League provides children with mental and/or physical challenges the opportunity to safely play baseball. The field incorporates a cushioned synthetic turf that allows children using wheelchairs and walkers to "run" the bases without fear of injury.
The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization