“Play ball!”: Peace Corps Night at Nationals Park
By Patricia Sullivan on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
Although the home team lost to the Atlanta Braves with a final score of five to two last Wednesday, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs), Peace Corps Staff, the National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), and friends celebrated Peace Corps night at Nationals Park, in Washington D.C.
The festivities began with the opening ceremony, as a flurry of flags took the field, each flag representing one of the 139 countries in which Peace Corps Volunteers are stationed. The flags were held primarily by RPCVs and the rainbow of nations presented a spectacle that stood as a testament to the far-reaching effects of the Peace Corps difference.
In addition to the Parade of Nations, several Peace Corps staff members got the honor to partake in some traditional baseball moments. Placement Manager Nicholas Bassey sang the National Anthem, Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet threw the first pitch (click here to see!), and Chief of Staff Stacy Rhodes belted out “play ball,” as the players prepared to take their positions.
As the game commenced RPCVs, staff, and friends kept the mood electric as they chanted anything from “lets go Nats” to “when I say Peace, you say Corps!…Peace–Corps!” repeatedly. The night of baseball was a great way for Peace Corps members and friends to informally interact and share stories, while being honored for their service abroad.