WASHINGTON — Wednesday night was a special night out at Nats Park.
While the team is off for the All-Star break, their stadium was the perfect place to raise money for Horton's Kids, a non-profit that empowers children living in one of dc's most under-resourced neighborhoods..
Nats Park hosted the 11th annual Home Runs for Horton's Kids.
Home Runs for Horton's Kids is the largest fundraiser of the year for the nonprofit.
The event had several fun activities, including racing against the Nationals' racing president mascot Teddy Roosevelt, you could play catch in the outfield, take swings at home plate, and throw pitches in the bullpen.
Home Runs for Horton's Kids had a little bit of everything, and the real benefit wasn't lost on those who need it the most.
"It helps make Horton's Kids a better place, and it helps support us," says rising ninth grader Jimyah.
Horton's Kids executive director Robin Berkley adds, "They look forward to it every year. I think it means a lot to them to see how much support there is, and belief in their talent and ability, out there for them. And I think it's just a great time."
Horton's Kids serves 500 children in grades K-12 in Wellington Park.
In that neighborhood, 80% of adults don't have a high school diploma, and the average annual household income is less than $10,000.
Horton's Kids hopes to change the future of the children in Wellington Park, and better prepare them to have success in college, career, and life.