Lawmakers join Nats Park fundraiser for DC kids charity

Lawmakers on Wednesday night pitched in at a baseball-themed fundraiser at Nationals Park, helping to raise money for Washington, D.C., children.

The 11th annual "Home Runs for Horton's Kids" event brought children of all ages and their families to the Major League ballpark. Kids took turns hitting, throwing and fielding and got the opportunity to race Washington Nationals' presidential mascot Teddy, and enjoy other activities throughout the stadium.

The event raised funds for Horton's Kids, a nonprofit group that aims to help children in under-resourced neighborhoods in D.C. The group works with over 500 children in grades K-12 in the Wellington Park neighborhood, offering them mentoring and meals and encouraging young people to graduate from high school and head to college.

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The group has long enjoyed bipartisan support, with Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Health care moves to center stage of Democratic primary fight | Sanders, Biden trade sharps jabs on Medicare for All | Senate to vote on 9/11 bill next week | Buttigieg pushes for cheaper insulin Health care moves to center stage in Democratic primary fight MORE (D-Conn.), House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants History in the House: Congress weathers unprecedented week EU official in Canada says he feels 'at home' there because no one was shouting 'send him back' MORE (R-Calif.), and Reps. Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyBlue states sue Treasury, IRS over rules blocking Trump tax law workarounds Manufacturers group lobbies Congress for new North America trade deal Lawmakers join Nats Park fundraiser for DC kids charity MORE (R-Texas) and Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosHouse Democrats' campaign arm raises over million in second quarter Lawmakers join Nats Park fundraiser for DC kids charity Democratic leaders seek balance amid liberal push to go big on immigration MORE (D-Ill.) serving as congressional co-chairs, and over 190 lawmakers on its Honorary Host Committee.

Bustos and Clyburn attended Wednesday night's festivities. Bustos said she has been involved since her first term.

“There’s a direct correlation between doing well in school and getting off to a good start and what their success will be later in life. I just want to make sure that we play a role in that,” Bustos told The Hill.

Clyburn praised the group's work.

“I’ve been fortunate to visit Horton’s Kids’ Community Resource Center and see the improvements they’re leaving on children and the Wellington Park neighborhood first hand,” Clyburn said. “From providing more than 10,500 meals to spending countless hours tutoring, they’re preparing children to succeed in college, career and life.”

Robin Berkley, the executive director of Horton's Kids, said that all of the kids finishing the program this year will graduate from high school.

Before becoming executive director, Berkley first was a volunteer for the group, and said she enjoyed seeing the impact it had on kids in the community.

“[Horton’s Kids] gives adults who want to make a difference a really concrete, tangible way to do that,” Berkley said.

“One of the only reservations I had about taking this job was [that] I was very protective of the experience that I had as a volunteer, I didn’t want to lose that," Berkley added. "I easily got as much out of it as the kids did. It really impacted the way that I viewed the world.”