Washington Nationals Announce 2009 D.C. Public High School Initiative

John E De Freitas. | 4/9/2009, 10:50 a.m.

The Washington Nationals€ announced their 2009 D.C. Public High School Initiative in the press conference prior to their exhibition game vs. the Baltimore Orioles. Nationals President Stan Kasten announced the initiative which consists of two elements -- one that is specific to the District High Schools with baseball teams and one that applies to all of the public high schools within the city. District officials including Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and members of the City Council participated in the announcement.

The Nationals have invited each of the 12 District Public High School Baseball Teams to hold one two-hour practice at Nationals Park, utilizing either the field or the indoor batting cages. This program is offered at no cost to the schools. Practices will take place before the end of the school year and be held from 3:30pm €" 5:30pm. Three high schools have already scheduled their practices €" Cardozo Senior High School, Dunbar High School and Roosevelt Senior High School.

€The Washington Nationals are thrilled to provide our field for the High School baseball players who may one day wear our uniform,€ Kasten said. €This is a unique opportunity for the city€s young athletes to spend a few hours on a Major League ballfield. In addition, through our wide-spread ticket donation program, we are pleased to invite each public high school to enjoy their own very night at Nationals Park.€