Service has always been part of Josh’s life. Recently this service has come into sharper focus with his passions driving him to address environmental racism - the persistent disparity of resources in many black communities that perpetuate the cycle of inequality and poverty. Josh is dedicated to social reform advocacy, educating kids about food nutrition and teaching skills for self-improvement.
• 2020 Pittsburgh Pirates Roberto Clemente Award Nominee
Josh Bell’s Book Club:
Books. Betterment. Progress.
Josh’s book club focuses on “what being a good human being looks like.” He encourages all people from all walks of life to invest in themselves by reading books that offer ideas and insight on how to actively become the best version of oneself. Books. Betterment. Progress is a continuum – learn through books, become better, experience progress. www.nationals.com/BookClub
Ryan’s commitment to the community is best illustrated through his work with the ziMS Foundation, which he founded in 2006, his first full season in the Major Leagues. The ziMS Foundation raises money and awareness for programs benefitting those afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis is a disease close to Ryan's heart. In 1995, his mother, Cheryl, was diagnosed with MS, a chronic and unpredictable disease that affects the central nervous system.
Serving as the foundation's president, Zimmerman is actively involved in decision-making and donates his time, money and image to promoting the Foundation. The foundation has raised $3.5 million for organizations dedicated to the fight against MS.
- 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018 Washington Nationals Roberto Clemente Nominee