Ryan W. Zimmerman…following the 2006 season, established the ziMS Foundation, dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of Multiple Sclerosis by funding comprehensive support and educational programs…the ziMS Foundation will host local events in hometown of Virginia Beach, VA, and in Washington, DC to raise funds for the Foundation…is on the board of the National MS Society and the Washington, DC chapter…in 1995, mother, Cheryl, was diagnosed with MS, a chronic and unpredictable disease that affects the central nervous system…participated in the Nationals’ 2006, ’07, ’09 and ’10 Winter Caravans…a standout at nearby University of Virginia…hit .393 with six home runs and 59 RBI as a senior in 2005 and helped Virginia earn a second consecutive NCAA berth…capped collegiate career as a .355 career hitter with 47 doubles and 140 RBI in three seasons at UVa…helped the Cavaliers end the program’s eight-year postseason void with a pair of NCAA berths (’04, ’05)…was first UVa player to be selected in first round since ’96 (Seth Greisinger)…with Team USA, was named MVP at the FIFU II World University Games, played during the summer of 2004 in Taiwan…led or tied for the Team USA club lead in all three triple crown categories, hitting .468 with four homers and 27 RBI…for efforts, was named USA Baseball’s Athlete of the Year in 2004.

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Since 2006 the ziMS Foundation has made a real impact in the life of my family, as well as many others afflicted by Multiple Sclerosis.

-Ryan Zimmerman

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