The Congressional Baseball Game has gotten so big that they had to find new ways to give away the money.
Add that to proceeds of other events, and Congressional Sports for Charity had a banner year, with $700,000 raised. The group announced on Thursday how it will distribute the funds.
In honor of the officers who were injured during the shooting, money will be set aside to support the United States Capitol Police Memorial Fund.
And the three historical beneficiaries of the game — the Girls Club of Greater Washington, the Washington Literacy Center and the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy — will still receive grants.
That leaves a series of gifts to new causes, with a special focus on programs encouraging youth development through sports. Local D.C. charities fighting hunger and homelessness also got a boost.
Former Rep. Bart Stupak, chairman of the charity’s Grants Review Committee, said it was “humbling to review all the amazing work that is happening in the greater D.C. area.”
Additional grants may be made before the end of the year.
Reviewing grant applications has been a “learning” process and turned up “dynamic, local nonprofits,” said the charity’s president, Ryan Thompson. He is chief of staff to the baseball game’s longtime Republican manager, retiring Rep. Joe L. Barton.
The nonprofits receiving grants are:
- Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
- College to Congress
- Community Bridges
- GALA Hispanic Theatre
- Greater DC Diaper Bank
- Homeless Children’s Playtime Project
- Hope and a Home
- Miriam’s Kitchen
- National Baseball Hall of Fame (in partnership with the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy)
- Playworks of Greater Washington
- Soccer for the Future
- The First Tee of Greater Washington, DC
- The Fishing School
- The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts
- Year Up National Capital Region
- The Alexandria Police Foundation
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