As their 2010 Winter Caravan rolled into Fort Belvoir, the Washington Nationals faced a daunting task: getting hundreds and hundreds of Operation USO Care Packages stuffed and ready to send to deploying troops. Luckily they had support in the form of Wounded Warriors, a JROTC group, USO Metro staff and volunteers and - of course - Screech, their mascot.
Prospects Danny Espinosa and Drew Storen, current player Ryan Speier, manager Jim Riggleman, Nationals Senior VP & General Manager Mike Rizzo, and Mid-Atlantic Sports Network Analyst Rob Dibble got the job done, dropping toiletries, snacks, games, and other items into the USO’s signature Care Package bags and showing their fans and new friends a great time along the way.
Here’s a photo essay recapping this great event. Look for video soon!
[caption id=“attachment_840” align=“aligncenter” width=“500” caption=“A view from the top as players and volunteers work the assembly line. (USO Photo by Em Hall)”]
[caption id=“attachment_843” align=“aligncenter” width=“500” caption=“It didn’t matter if you were wearing a baseball jersey or fatigues: teamwork was the spirit of the day! (USO Photo by Em Hall)”][/caption]