Last Saturday we gave you an exclusive preview of the new program for military kids called “Me and a Friend.” A collaboration between the Washington Nationals and USO of Metropolitan DC resulted in this unique program, which provided nearly 4,000 free tickets for Sunday’s home game at Nationals Park. The program was created in consultation with the Department of Defense as a way to say thanks for the sacrifices made by military kids, and will continue throughout the remainder of the baseball season.
Teens, especially, find that heading out to a baseball game with friends can make a big difference in normalizing their experience as a member of a military family. ”A lot of times, teens just can’t find anything to do,” as Josh Braden explained to Lisa Daniel of American Forces Press Service. ”The focus is just on clubs and stuff. So this is a good thing to do to keep kids out of trouble.” Braden attended the game with his friend Kelsie Vick, a recent graduate of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va., who has relocated 10 times with her Army family.
Didn’t make it out to Sunday’s game? No problem! There’s still plenty of time to participate in “Me and a Friend” this summer. To check ticket availability for the July 11 game against the Giants please use USO-Metro’s TicketLine program. All tickets must be picked up at the USO office at 228 McNair Road, Bldg 405 Fort Myer, Va., 22211. And check out more pics below!