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Player Programs

Josh Bell

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.

Brad Hand

Brad and Morgan’s Helping Hand program is how the Hand family gives back. As parents of two children, their desire is to help children in need. Intentionally general, they have opened themselves up to going where there is a need and where their hearts lead them.

• 2020 Cleveland Indians Roberto Clemente Award Nominee

John Lester

As a cancer survivor, Jon knew he wanted to do something to give back to those affected by the disease and those working for a cure. It was after the birth of his first child that his mission became clear. Unable to imagine his child going through what he went through he and his wife, Farrah, knew what they were going to do - raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer.

Short for “never quit,” the NVRQT campaign, run by the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, is how Jon provides inspiration for those who suffer and supports researchers working on finding a cure.

  • 2018, 2019 Chicago Cubs Roberto Clemente Award Nominee
  • 2012 Boston Red Sox Roberto Clemente Award Nominee
Max Scherzer

Max has been a champion of the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy from his early days with the team. Whether it be through his involvement in Nationals Philanthropy’s annual Fantasy Football fundraiser, private contributions or giving of his time, he enjoys interacting with the scholar-athletes and encouraging their growth and development on the field and in the classroom.

Max and his wife, Erica are passionate supporters of the Humane Rescue Alliance, a Washington, D.C. organization that protects animals, supports families, and advocates for positive change to create a world where all animals can thrive.

Kyle Schwarber

As the son of a decorated police chief and part of a family with a history of first responders and military service members, Kyle understands the unique sacrifices these individuals and their families make. Schwarber’s Neighborhood Heroes is dedicated to recognizing and thanking those who answer the call to put "service above self."

Trea Turner

As student-athletes at N.C. State, Trea and his wife, Kristen, are familiar with Jim Valvano and the V Foundation, a charity with a goal of achieving victory over cancer. They have worked with the foundation to help raise funds and have visited kids in the hospital battling cancer.

In addition, Trea has contributed to several area youth baseball leagues and the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy by making personal visits and donating baseball cleats and performance wear tops to the young players.

Ryan Zimmerman

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.