Nationals Manager Manny Acta to Speak to Area Youth in Partnership with MASN

(Washington D.C.) -- On Friday, June 26th, Nationals Manager Manny Acta will speak to area youth at Boys Town Washington D.C. as part of his continuing relationship with MASN. His talk "How Life is a lot like Baseball," will offer words of inspiration to the children. Acta will also sign autographs, take pictures and distribute Nationals baseball caps to the children and youth. MASN will donate tickets to Saturday's Nationals vs. Orioles game to each of the participants. Several dozen children are expected to participate in the event, which begins at 10:30 a.m. at Boys Town Washington D.C. in northeast Washington.

Boys Town is a national organization that sponsors residential care for abused, neglected, runaway youth or youth who have been in trouble due to delinquent activities. The organization also works on treatment and skill building in the home, teaching children the skills and character necessary to become productive contributing members of society.

In his talk, Manager Manny Acta will offer the youth a motivating message about staying positive and making good decisions. Known for his upbeat demeanor and positive attitude, Manny will also talk to the group about overcoming obstacles in life. Raised in the Dominican Republic, Acta dreamed of playing professional baseball. After several years in the minor leagues, Acta realized that his true potential was as a coach. He quickly excelled through baseball and, at 37, was named Nationals manager in November of 2006, making him the youngest manager in MLB at the time. As skipper, he presides over a re-building franchise, always preaching patience and staying positive even when times are tough.

The event is part of an ongoing partnership between Acta and MASN to promote the ImpACTA Kids Foundation and MASN's efforts in the community. In March, Acta began an exclusive blog on MASNsports.com, where he also hosts a monthly bilingual video blog.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Kellie Cronin at 703-362-3480 or cronind@boystown.org.

WHO: Manny Acta, Nationals Manager and MASN

WHEN: Friday, June 26, 2009, 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Boys Town Washington, D.C., 4801 Sargent Rd, NE, Washington, DC

About Boys Town:
Boys Town Washington, DC is the nation's leader provider in the treatment and care of at-risk boys and girls and in the research and development of programs to meet the ever-changing needs of these children and their families. Boys Town Washington, DC provides children and families with services in their own homes, or, when necessary, family-like out-of-home services to children and youth with special treatment needs.

About the ImpACTA Kids Foundation:
The ImpACTA Kids Foundation is a charitable foundation created by Washington Nationals Manager Manny Acta. The Foundation was launched in 2007 and is focused on providing opportunities for kids to achieve their dreams, both in the Dominican Republic and United States, by emphasizing the importance of education, health, and athletics. The organization works with like-minded individuals and organizations across the globe.

About MASN:
With every available Nationals game, an All Star talent team, 105 high definition broadcasts and pre and post game shows before and after every game, MASN is the home of the Washington Nationals. MASNsports.com provides extensive online coverage of the Washington Nationals with Phil Wood's "Wood on the Ball," a dedicated beat writer, Pete McElroy, the exclusive blog of Manager Manny Acta, talent blogs featuring Debbi Taylor, Rob Dibble, Bob Carpenter, Johnny Holliday, Ray Knight and Byron Kerr, a Nationals Buzz blog, up to the minute video clips in MASN's Media Lounge, series previews, live game blogs and more. MASN is currently carried on 23 cable and satellite providers throughout a seven-state region.

For more information, visit MASNsports.com.