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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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.”