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JJ Hoover visits with veterans twice while in Washington, DC.

When the Cincinnati Reds came to play the Washington Nationals this week, Reds pitcher JJ Hoover visited more than just Nationals Stadium. During the short time he had in the DC area, JJ had two long visits with veterans and their families.

On Tuesday, JJ visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he met one-on-one with wounded veterans working out in the rec center. Afterwards, JJ had the chance to meet many more patients while taking a tour of the center’s facilities.

The next day, JJ invited families who were recipients of scholarships provided by ThanksUSA to join him at the ballpark before the game against the Nationals. JJ took valuable time to get to know the families, signing balls and taking pictures with them in the dugout and on the field, creating an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

To make this possible, we worked with Thanks USA, a great organization that offers college, technical and vocational school need-based scholarships to the children and spouses of US military personnel. Learn more on the website here. We also thank Walter Reed Medical Center for their help coordinating the visit and making the visit possible.  

Washington Spirit visits Medstar Georgetown University Hospital

June 24, 2015 -  The Washington Spirit Professional Women’s Soccer team took time out of their busy schedule to meet with children at the Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in conjunction with charity Hope For Henry. Spirit players Caprice Dydasco, Megan Oyster, Jenn Skogerboe, Estelle Johnson, Lyndse Hokason, Amanda DaCosta, and Kelsey Wys joined for the visit. The players spent time in the pediatrics wing, brightening the day of the children with balloons, lots of picture taking, signing soccer balls, and delivering cupcakes.

Throughout the year, Hope for Henry team DC area hospitals to provide patients with celebrations, including special visits by athletes and authors, pamper parties for girls and their mothers, movie nights, and more. We are thankful to have such amazing partners such as Hope for Henry and the Washington Spirit, and we are looking forward to the next event. 

Washington Mystics Athlete Education Workshop

Earlier this week, Athletes for Hope CEO Ivan Blumberg facilitated a Causeway 1.0 workshop with the Washington Mystics. During the interactive workshop, the Mystics players shared ideas about several topics such as whether athletes have an obligation to give back to their communities. Additionally, the players learned about each of the stops on the Causeway map, which helps to guide athletes in their philanthropic involvement. 

As a partner of NBA Cares, AFH takes a large role in providing a philanthropic education curriculum for the players in both leagues and AFH also helps to connect players to charitable opportunities that match their passions.  At this workshop, 100% of the players signed up as Athletes for Hope members and we look forward to helping them further their passions in giving back to the community!

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