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 Davids@bigtrain.org.
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