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Nats to dedicate Bryce Harper Field in May

Slugger 'excited and honored' to participate in club's Dream Foundation DC-area renovation initiative
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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Nationals will dedicate Bryce Harper Field at the Takoma Community Center in Northwest Washington D.C. next month, the third legacy field created in conjunction with Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.

An official dedication ceremony will take place in early May.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Nationals will dedicate Bryce Harper Field at the Takoma Community Center in Northwest Washington D.C. next month, the third legacy field created in conjunction with Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.

An official dedication ceremony will take place in early May.

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"I am excited and honored to participate in the dedication of Bryce Harper Field at the Takoma Community Center," Harper said in a statement. "Youth baseball was a very important part of my childhood. The game of baseball has taught me life lessons and shaped the man I am today. To give back to the D.C. community and have local kids play baseball on a field dedicated in my name is truly an honor."

The Nationals' Dream Foundation plans to renovate one youth baseball and/or softball field in the D.C. region each year and has done so the past two seasons. Ryan Zimmerman Field became the first in April 2016, with a field just a few blocks away from Nationals Park. Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez Field was dedicated in August 2017 at Mason District Park in Annandale, Va.

Zimmerman is one of the faces of the franchise and has been with the club since 2005, while Rodriguez is a Hall of Famer who made a strong impact in a brief period with Washington. While Harper has become one of the faces of the Nationals, his contract is also due to expire at the end of the season.

Despite that, Bryce Harper Field will accommodate different styles of youth baseball play and will serve the surrounding community by hosting the Senators Satchel Paige Little League games. The project includes also a baseball-dedicated play space located to the south of the field.

"I am delighted to announce Bryce's support of the Dream Foundation's third Legacy Field project," Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, chair of the Dream Foundation, said in a statement. "We know that when kids have safe, state-of-the-art facilities to play baseball and softball, they embrace the game and all of its benefits. With these fields, the Dream Foundation is helping to cultivate baseball's lessons of perseverance, teamwork and the importance of physical activity among the D.C. region's kids."

Jamal Collier has covered the Nationals for MLB.com since 2016. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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