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9th Annual Gala and Golf Tournament – Nov. 7th-8th

Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront November 7, 2013 Please consider giving something to The ziMS Foundation. Donations and contributions are a key component to our fundraising efforts. Your gifts will be used as auction items and prizes and are an important part of our Gala and Golf events.


By |March 28th, 2014|Events|0 Comments|

Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman Hosts MS Fundraiser in Albemarle

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A former University of Virginia baseball player is bringing awareness to a disease his mother has been battling for years. Washington Nationals player Ryan Zimmerman hosted a fundraiser for multiple sclerosis Friday night.

“This is a disease that needs to be defeated,” […]

By |November 15th, 2013|News|0 Comments|

Parents of Washington Nationals’ Third Baseman, Ryan Zimmerman, Named 2013 Little League® Parents of the Year

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By Brian McClintock; Director of Media Relations; 570-326-1921 ext. 2252;

August 5, 2013

When Keith and Cheryl Zimmerman decided to move with their two boys, Ryan and Shawn, to Virginia Beach, Va., in 1991, it didn’t take them long to find the local Little League®.

“We never forced […]

By |August 2nd, 2013|News|0 Comments|

Night at the Park featuring Third Eye Blind

We are pleased to announce that Ryan Zimmerman’s 4th Annual “A Night at the Park” ziMS Foundation benefit event will take place Thursday, May 23rd at Nationals Park. This year’s headlining act will be Third Eye Blind!

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Come out and support the ziMS Foundation with Ryan and […]

By |April 8th, 2013|Events, News|1 Comment|

ziMS Foundation gives $1,000,000.00

Dr. Myla Goldman (UVA Department of Neurology) accepts a check for $150,000 from (l to r) Keith Zimmerman (VP of ziMS Foundation), Cheryl Zimmerman (Treasurer of ziMS […]

By |March 15th, 2013|News|0 Comments|

FunFest 2012 a Huge Success!

The 2012 ziMS Funfest was held on May 5-6, 2012 in Washington, D.C. and included a Washington Nationals ballgame, a bike ride and a walk.

The weekend started with a Nationals game against the Phillies, which the Nationals won just for those attending from the ziMS Foundation! After the game, […]

By |July 3rd, 2012|News|0 Comments|

Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman raises MS awareness

Last Thursday provided a rare home off-day for the first-place Washington Nationals. But Ryan Zimmerman, the team's All-Star third baseman, still spent his night at the ballpark. Zimmerman had important business at his third annual "Night at the Park" fund-raiser at Nationals Park to raise money to fight multiple sclerosis -- the chronic disease which has crippled his mother, Cheryl, since her diagnosis in 1995.
By |June 19th, 2012|News|0 Comments|

MS Impact Us All

A well done infographic video about how MS impacts us all. Enjoy!

By |February 17th, 2012|News|0 Comments|

ziMS Foundation has a new sponsor!

Scott Allen with Courthouse Imports in Virginia Beach is a proud sponsor of the ziMS Foundation.

By |January 24th, 2012|News|0 Comments|

New Useful MS App

I came across these really neat app that was developed specifically for people living with MS and their families! Hope it’s of help or interest to you and yours!

Click the link to view the app: My MS Manager

By |September 27th, 2011|News|0 Comments|

29 New Multiple Sclerosis Genes Identified

Link to Main Article: Nancy Davis Foundation

The largest genetic study of Multiple Sclerosis has revealed 29 new genetic variants associated with MS, and confirmed 23 others previously associated with the disease, verifying a major role for the immune system in the development of MS.

It is the largest-ever study into […]

By |September 6th, 2011|News|0 Comments|

ziMS Foundation–2nd Annual “A Night At The Park”

“The hardest thing, believe it or not, is to figure out how to give all the money away that we’ve raised,” stated Ryan Zimmerman.  ”We’ve worked hard and people give their hard earned money to us and we just don’t want to give it away. […]

Ryan Zimmerman holds event at Nationals Park in fight against multiple sclerosis

Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST – “It can mess up what you can do or how you go about what you do, but she doesn’t let it mess up who she is,” Ryan Zimmerman said of his mother, Cheryl, and her battle with multiple sclerosis.

By Adam […]

By |July 7th, 2011|News|1 Comment|

Zimmerman hosts ‘A Night at the Park’ Nats star held auction to raise money for MS

Article By Bill Ladson / | 06/30/11 11:51 PM ET
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WASHINGTON — The second annual “A Night at the Park” was held Thursday night at Nationals Park. The event was hosted by Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.

The event helped raise money to find a […]

By |July 7th, 2011|News|0 Comments|

Nationals Ryan Zimmerman Hosts Event at Nationals Park For Multiple Sclerosis Research

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Nationals Ryan Zimmerman Hosts Event at Nationals Park For Multiple Sclerosis Research:

WASHINGTON – The Nationals were off on Thursday, but they return home Friday for the start of an 11-game homestand.

But there was some action at Nationals Park and it was a home […]

By |July 7th, 2011|News|0 Comments|

Cheryl Zimmerman and Her Family

The Zimmerman family (Cheryl, Keith, Ryan and Shawn) would like to tell you how their lives have been affected by Multiple Sclerosis (MS) over the past 24 years. Cheryl’s perspective: The year is 1985 before the symptoms of MS began. I was leading what most would consider a normal life for a newly married, young, working mother. A typical day for me included: getting up, taking a shower, dressing, brushing my teeth, getting a one-year old ready, fixing and eating breakfast, driving to day care and then on to a full day with my first grade class. A year later in 1986 my body started to change. It started with a tingling in the little finger on my left hand. This tingling eventually progressed to the entire left side of my body. During this year I went to many doctors and had numerous tests preformed. The tingling would at times get worse or go away completely. The doctors and my family were baffled!
By |February 17th, 2011|News, Uncategorized|5 Comments|

Nats third baseman Zimmerman wins Silver Slugger

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman tonight was named the recipient of the 2010 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger for National League third basemen. The Silver Slugger citation is the second of Zimmerman's career. He earned his initial Silver Slugger last season. Zimmerman recorded arguably his finest offensive campaign in 2010, hitting a career-best .307 (161-for-525) with 32 doubles, 25 home runs, 85 RBIs and 69 walks in 142 games. In addition to hitting .300-plus for the first time, Zimmerman also established career highs in on-base percentage (.388) and OPS (.899), a metric which combines on-base and slugging percentages.
By |November 18th, 2010|Awards, News|0 Comments|

View Photos from the 2010 Fun Fest Bike Ride

On July 31st a Funfest Bike ride orgainzed by Scott and Ellen Wallace (Scott is Cheryl Zimmerman's brother) benefitting the ziMS Foundation took place. The bike ride started in Brunswick, Maryland and the 54 riders pedalled 55 miles along the Potomac River to Key Bridge (Rosslyn) in Virginia. After the bike ride the participants enjoyed a reception and an evening at the ballpark. This event was a huge success raising over $33,000 for the ziMS Foundation. Thank you Scott and Ellen. [nggallery id=7]
By |September 9th, 2010|Events, News|0 Comments|

Ryan Zimmerman’s “A Night At The Park”–A ziMS Benefit Event

“We’ve gotten better and better each year. That’s the goal," stated Ryan Zimmerman. "We obviously started and really had no idea what we were getting into and just wanted to do stuff to help. Over the last five years it’s grown more than we could ever think we could imagine. And this (a Washington, D.C. venue) is a big stepping stone for us. We think from here, it could take off. The sky’s the limit from here.”
By |August 16th, 2010|Events|2 Comments|

Thank You Sponsors

By |February 19th, 2010|News|0 Comments|

Q&A: Zimmerman talks Nats’ moves

From a personal standpoint, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman had a season to remember in 2009, leading the team in RBIs with 106 and making his first All-Star appearance. A little more than a month after the season ended, Zimmerman, 25, won his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Awards. But reaching personal goals is not enough for Zimmerman in 2010. He wants the Nationals to have a winning percentage over .500 and reach the postseason for the first time in their history. Will Zimmerman get his wishes? Before playing golf in Florida on Sunday afternoon, Zimmerman expressed his opinion on the topics in an interview with
By |January 21st, 2010|News|0 Comments|

Zimmerman mostly unknown commodity – Nationals’ 3B has excelled on field but is far from household name in nation’s capital

Ryan Zimmerman walks into an Arlington, Va., restaurant on a cold December afternoon. Dressed in jeans, a checkered button-down shirt and brown loafers, the 6-foot-3 North Carolina native looks like one of the many young professionals who populate the Washington suburb. "Don't I know you from somewhere?" the host asks after greeting him, pondering Zimmerman's face for several seconds. "You look so familiar. College, maybe?" "No, I don't think so," Zimmerman says, shaking his head and shrugging his shoulders. "OK. I'll think of it," the host says as he leads the Nationals' All-Star third baseman to his table.
By |January 4th, 2010|News|0 Comments|

Granderson, Zimmerman among ‘All Stars Helping Kids’ Winners for 2010 Jefferson Awards For Public Service

Granderson, Zimmerman among 'All Stars Helping Kids' Winners for 2010 Jefferson Awards For Public Service Tigers outfielder and Nationals third baseman Join World Champions Venus Williams and Lauryn Williams, NBA All-Stars Dwight Howard and Dirk Nowitzki, NFL star Justin Tuck on "Dream Team For Public Service"
By |December 18th, 2009|Awards, News|0 Comments|

Ryan Zimmerman Wins Silver Slugger Award

WASHINGTON -- Call Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman a two-time award winner. On Wednesday, he won his first Gold Glove Award. On Thursday, Zimmerman won the 2009 National League Silver Slugger Award. Zimmerman is the second member of the Washington Nationals to earn a Silver Slugger. In 2006, Alfonso Soriano was awarded a Silver Slugger after hitting .277 with 41 doubles, 46 home runs, 95 RBIs and 41 stolen bases in his lone season with the Nationals.
By |November 17th, 2009|Awards, News|0 Comments|

Ryan Zimmerman Wins Gold Glove Award

WASHINGTON -- Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman made history on Wednesday, becoming the first Nationals player to win a National League Gold Glove Award. Zimmerman led NL third basemen in assists, total chances, total outs recorded and games started. Almost every game, it seemed like Zimmerman put on a show at the hot corner -- whether it was making a diving play or charging a ball to throw out a runner.
By |November 17th, 2009|Awards, News|0 Comments|

Ryan Zimmerman Wins Web Gem Award

After playing a stunning season at third base, Ryan Zimmerman's defensive prowess and acrobatic grace were rewarded when he was named the first ever ESPN Web Gem Champion. For those who have never watched Baseball Tonight, a Web Gem is an honor bestowed on the five greatest defensive plays of each night. As we've tracked at various times in this blog, Zimmerman has collected the most Web Gems (19) and Web Gem points (61) this season (points are on a scale of 1-5 with five going to the No. 1 Web Gem and one going to the No. 5 Web Gem).
By |November 17th, 2009|Awards, News|1 Comment|

Nats 320 Covers the ziMS Gala 2009

Nats320 covers the ziMS Gala 2009, Click here to view the full article.

By |November 17th, 2009|News|0 Comments|

A Message from Ryan Zimmerman


By |November 3rd, 2009|News|0 Comments|

Phil Wendel donates $15,000 to the ziMS Foundation

[singlepic id=22 w=160 h=120 float=right]Phil Wendel presenting a check for $15,000 to Ryan at the Nationals game September 27th. Mr. Wendel donated $500.00 to the ziMS Foundation for every hit Ryan had during his hitting streak this spring (2009). This 30 game hitting streak was the longest […]

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman nominated for MLBPAA Heart & Hustle Award

Zimmerman To Receive Award From Former Washington Senator & Chair of MLBPAA Jim Hannan Washington Nationals Third Baseman Ryan Zimmerman is the ballclub's 2009 recipient of the Major League Baseball Player Alumni Association's (MLBPAA) Heart & Hustle Award. The esteemed award honors an active player who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game. A representative from each Major League team is selected to receive the award by a committee of Alumni players, with the final winner announced on November 6 at the 10th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. Current members of the Alumni Association will vote to choose the winner from the list of 30 finalists (see below).
By |September 2nd, 2009|News|0 Comments|

Nats’ Zimmerman tabbed as National League reserve for All-Star game

Ryan Zimmerman had no real plans for Major League Baseball's All-Star break next week. His hometown of Virginia Beach is just a short car ride away, after all. But while Zimmerman will still catch up with friends and family, that reunion will instead happen at the All-Star game itself in St. Louis The Nationals' third baseman was named to a reserve spot on the National League roster for the July 14th All-Star game. It will be the first appearance for the 24-year-old, who earlier this season signed a five-year, $45 million contract extension with the Nats.
By |July 6th, 2009|News|0 Comments|

Zimmerman returns after inking contract

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was in Phoenix late Thursday night to prepare for his arbitration hearing the next day. He was set to go to bed when he received word from his agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, that progress had been made in terms of getting a deal done. Within a few hours, Zimmerman agreed to a one-year, $3.325 million contract. Zimmerman was back at Space Coast Stadium by Friday afternoon. He took his physical and had a batting-practice session with hitting coach Rick Eckstein.
By |February 21st, 2009|News|0 Comments|

Zimmerman no hard feelings

Third baseman working with Nationals to get deal sorted out WASHINGTON -- Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is not upset that he hasn't received a long-term deal from the Nationals. He realizes that baseball is a business and that it takes time to get a deal done. Both parties have been working on a deal for the last two years but can't agree on dollar figures. It now looks as though Zimmerman will be going to the arbitration table next month. He is asking for $3.9 million for this coming season, and Washington countered with $2.75 million. "We are still a long way from arbitration. We have a couple of weeks to try and do something," said Zimmerman during NatsFest on Sunday afternoon. "It's part of the game. It's a business. There are no hard feelings in any way. The relationship that we have had with the front office has been nothing but positive the whole time I've been here. That's the way it's always going to be." Zimmerman is positive that the Nationals will be better than the team that lost 102 games last year, thanks to the acquisitions of pitchers Daniel Cabrera and Scott Olsen, and outfielder Josh Willingham. Zimmerman also feels that a healthy Nick Johnson would help the Nationals tremendously, though he is aware that the team is not counting on Johnson -- who has played 38 games the last two years -- this season.

Kevin Eadie – Honored at the 2007 Dream Day with the Nationals passed away Nov 12, 2008

By |December 11th, 2008|News|0 Comments|

Harbor Park to host MLB Exhibition Game

Orioles vs. Nationals – Friday April 3rd 3:30 pm
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The Norfolk Tides have announced that Harbor Park will host the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals in a Major League exhibition game on Friday, April 3 at 3:30 p.m. Ticket prices and sale date for the […]

By |April 3rd, 2008|News|0 Comments|

Opening Night: Zim’s walk-off wins it

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals had it all on Sunday night, as they christened new Nationals Park. They had a sellout crowd, President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and the Nats topped it off with a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Braves. Leave it to the franchise player, Ryan Zimmerman, to send the crowd home happy. In the bottom of the ninth inning, he hit Peter Moylan's 1-0 pitch over the left-center-field wall for the victory. It was the fourth walk-off home run of Zimmerman's career.
By |March 31st, 2008|News|0 Comments|

Q and A with Ryan Zimmerman

Zimmerman, 23, is entering his third season as a starter for the Nationals. In 2006, he hit .287 with 47 doubles, 20 home runs and 110 RBI in 2006, finishing second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting. Last season he batted .266 with 43 doubles, 24 home runs and 91 RBI. Zimmerman established the ziMS foundation in 2006, to support research and awareness of multiple sclerosis, a condition his mother Cheryl was diagnosed with in 1995.
By |March 20th, 2008|News|0 Comments|

Zimmerman helps in search for MS cure

Zimmerman's work with the foundation is the reason he is a candidate for the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team. It is named in honor of the former Pirates outfielder whose spirit and goodwill will always be remembered. Clemente died in a plane crash while attempting to transport relief supplies to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua on Dec. 31, 1972. The winner will be announced during the World Series.
By |September 5th, 2007|News|1 Comment|

Face of Franchise, Zimmerman Is One Attractive Selling Point

Two springs ago, when the Washington Nationals were preparing to return baseball to the nation's capital for the first time in a generation, Ryan Zimmerman was a 20-year-old junior at the University of Virginia. He had signed some autographs -- "maybe a few, for the Virginia baseball program and that kind of thing" -- but he was an unknown. On Monday, Zimmerman will be the Nationals' starting third baseman as the club opens its third season here. He has attended parties with Scarlett Johansson and Tom Cruise, gets paid merely for signing a batting glove, will pen a column in a local paper and will, if he so desires, soon be able to pick up the phone and order a Ryan Zimmerman pizza.
By |April 1st, 2007|News|1 Comment|

Zimmerman’s Virginia Competitor

VIERA, Fla., March 12 -- Ryan Zimmerman stood on third base Monday afternoon at Space Coast Stadium, his second double of the day behind him. David Wright, who already had a hit of his own, walked over. The pair fell into conversation, just as they had during batting practice, just as they do from time to time in the offseason, just as they did seven years ago when they played alongside each other as teenagers.
By |March 13th, 2007|News|1 Comment|

Ryan Zimmerman Appears on Washington Post Live

Ryan Zimmerman appears on Washington Post Live.
By |April 2nd, 2006|News, Video|0 Comments|

Calmly Fielding Anything Life Throws at Him

Nats’ Zimmerman Finds Strength in His Mother’s Struggle

By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 18, 2006

VIRGINIA BEACH — Drive past the Home Depot and Hell’s Point Golf Club, where Ryan Zimmerman worked as a cart boy, cleaning up the balls from the range, and follow the beach grass to […]

By |January 18th, 2006|News|0 Comments|