Education Initiatives

DC Public Library's Summer Challenge

Summer is a great time for kids to get caught up in a good book! The Nationals are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the DC Public Library's Summer Challenge, the District's largest summer learning loss prevention program. The Nationals and DC Public Library challenge you to read at least 20 minutes a day. Participants who read every day this summer are eligible to earn prizes, including Nationals tickets!

Grand Slam Schools

The Nationals are have launched their newest education initiative, Grand Slam Schools. The inaugural cohort includes ten DC schools who are participating in the adopt-a-school style program that emphasizes STEM, student attendance and supporting individual school needs. Program elements are designed to engage whole school communities both during the school year and in the summer

Summer Slugger

Summer Slugger, a Nationals education initiative, prevents the 'summer slide' by offering kids ages 8-12 baseball themed games that reinforce key math and literacy skills. Kids get to create their own customized avatar that guides them through fun, interactive games as they earn points and progress-based rewards-including Nationals tickets-as they successfully complete the program. Best of all, it is free! Visit to learn more and sign up today.

Fun at Bat

The Nationals have partnered with USA Baseball to bring Fun At Bat to DMV-area schools and physical education professionals. Fun at Bat is an entry level program for kids with an emphasis on character development, functional movement, active play and fun. The initiative stems from meticulous research on introductory youth sport programs and is supported by Major League Baseball, USA Baseball and industry professionals.


The Washington Nationals are proud to partner with D.C. Public Schools' Career Academies on Hospitality and Tourism to offer NatsPrep, an in-depth course for hospitality, sports promotion and event management careers. In addition to working with school leadership to develop and modernize curriculum for inside the classroom, the Nationals also work directly with students throughout the year by providing experiential seminars with Nationals executives and paid summer internship experiences for top students.