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Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman pledges $1 million to UVA baseball program

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Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman is an alumnus of the University of Virginia Cavaliers program.

The Virginia Cavaliers celebrate winning the 2015 College World Series.
The Virginia Cavaliers celebrate winning the 2015 College World Series.
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Ryan Zimmerman has committed $1 million to the baseball program at the University of Virginia, his alma mater.

The money is he is donating will be used to renovate and expand facilities at Davenport Field, the school's baseball stadium in Charlottesville, VA. Zimmerman had previously contributed $250,000 toward renovating the team clubhouse.

Ryan Zimmerman is known better for his other charitable endeavor, the ziMS Foundation, which has raised over half a million dollars for the fight against multiple sclerosis. The ziMS Foundation is hosting its annual Night at the Park event on May 12th this year. Mark your calendars!

Zimmerman was drafted out of the University of Virginia in 2005 but has remained in touch with the Cavaliers baseball program there, which he continues to praise not only for what it taught him but for the quality of the work they are doing with students today.

The baseball program at the University of Virginia is in its 128th year. The Cavaliers broke into the national stage while Zimmerman played there and have appeared in the NCAA tournament every year since 2004 under head coach Brian O'Connor. The Virginia Cavaliers won their first ever College World Series championship in 2015.

This is one of the things successful athletes sometimes do with the piles of money they take home for doing a job they love.