Out to the Ball Game with Peace Corps
By Brittany Clark on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010
Hey sports fans! The Peace Corps community of Washington, D.C. suited up Tuesday night, September 28th for an evening of baseball, hotdogs, and a beautiful Parade of Nations at Nationals Park. As the sun began to set, 100 different Peace Corps country flags blew in the wind as they were carried onto the field by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs).
NPCA staff snapped photos of the pre-game events unfolding against the pink and purple D.C. sky. The National Anthem was played and RPCVs stood proudly holding their respective country flags. Members of the National Peace Corps Association staff, Peace Corps staff, and RPCVs were some of the thousands in attendance to witness the spectacular image. In addition to this beautiful ceremony, two currently serving PCVs, Jake Harper and Krista Latta, were also recognized by the Nationals baseball team. Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams delivered the Nationals line-up card to the home plate umpire. Also recognized by the Nationals were NPCA President Kevin Quigley and RPCV/w President Tamar Schiffman. It was Peace Corps Chief of Staff Stacy Rhodes who had the distinction of kicking off the game with a spirited “Play ball!”
Over 700 RPCVs bought tickets to attend the game, filling a section on the upper deck. Many more were scattered throughout the crowd. RPCVs who came out had the opportunity to meet other Volunteers from all generations and countries of Peace Corps Service.
Look at some great photos from Tuesday night on our Facebook page.