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Right from the start in 1999, the Bethesda Big Train experience has been about far more than baseball. The goal of our founders was to build community through baseball. Years ago, the Bethesda Big Train began to invite community nonprofits to come out to Povich Field to showcase their organizations. Since 2009, the Big Train Nonprofits of the Night program has been supported by the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation.

Each participating nonprofit receives:

  • 100 free tickets. Some organizations use the tickets as a fundraiser, others distribute the tickets to clients, volunteers, and staff. Ticket values are $9 for adults, $7 for students/military/senior and $5 for kids (5-12). 
  • A table on our concourse to set up a display and space for a banner to promote the organization. Some groups hand-out information, others recruit volunteers.
  • Recognition in the team's game night program.
  • A representative is announced to the crowd to throw out a ceremonial first pitch just before the game starts. 

To apply to become a Big Train Nonprofit of the Night, please contact Bruce Adams.

Once your group is accepted, you will be given a choice of home games to choose from.  All of the Big Train home games start at 7:00 pm with the first-pitch ceremony starting around 6:45. Gates open at 5:30 pm so please plan on arriving by 5:30 pm to ensure enough time to set up your table.  You will also need to email your logo and a short paragraph about your organization to

Here is the lineup for the 2018 season:

June 2 - League of Women Voters

June 3 - Miracle League

June 6 - Jewish Council for the Aging | Community Ministries of Rockville

June 11 - Heart of Maryland Chorus | Shepherd's Table

June 15 - Lollipop Kids Foundation | DC Diaper Bank | Bethesda Fire Department

June 17 - Open Door Sports | Conflict Resolution Center | Gamer Symphony Orchestra

June 18 - interPLAY Orchestra | Bargain Box

June 20 - Link Generations | Girls on the Run | KindWorks

June 22 - Special Olympics | Cornerstone Montgomery | Family Services

June 23 (Game 1) - Rockville FARE | Target Community and Educational Services

June 23 (Game 2) - UMTTR | Treatment and Learning Center

June 25 - Main Street Connect | Metropolitan Washington Ear | Montgomery County Muslim Foundation

June 28 - Wyngate Neighboors Helping Neighboors | Imagination Stage

June 29 - Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Rescue Association | Music and Gaming Festival

July 2 - Regency Estates | Habitat for Humanity

July 6 - Great and Small Therapeutic Riding | PetConnect Rescue

July 7 -  BCC Rescue Squad | Literacy Council | KEEN

July 8 (Game 1) - Down Syndrome Network | Temple Shalom 

July 8 (Game 2) - Shepherd's Table | MANNA Food

July 12 - House of Hope | Friends of the Library

July 13 - Community Bridges | National Foundation for Cancer Research 

July 14 - Bethesda Metro Area Village | Comfort Cases

July 18 - Bradley Hills Village | Coalition for the Homeless


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