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June 17, 2016
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NIH Director Sings National Anthem

NIH director Dr. Francis Collins sang the National Anthem at a baseball game pitting the Washington Nationals against the New York Mets on May 24 to celebrate Federal Workforce Day at Nationals Park. He was joined at the game by the Carroll family. Daughter Addison (“Addi”) is a research volunteer at the Clinical Center. Ryan Whited, family program manager at the Children’s Inn at NIH, also attended.

After his performance reportedly “knocked it out of the ballpark,” Collins greeted fans and signed autographs, as expected of a (science) rock star. The Nationals won the game, 7-4.

View the director’s performance online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxV7LKx_yQ4.

The scoreboard at Nationals Park captures NIH director Dr. Francis Collins singing the National Anthem on May 24 to celebrate Federal Workforce Day. The scoreboard at Nationals Park captures NIH director Dr. Francis Collins singing the National Anthem on May 24 to celebrate Federal Workforce Day.
The scoreboard at Nationals Park captures NIH director Dr. Francis Collins singing the National Anthem on May 24 to celebrate Federal Workforce Day.

Before the game gets under way, Collins joins the Carroll family for a few photos. Enjoying the game at Nats Park are (from l) Jeff Wagner, inn liaison for the K’s for Kids program; Ryan Whited, family program manager at the Children’s Inn at NIH; and Collins.
Before the game gets under way, Collins joins the Carroll family for a few photos. At right, Enjoying the game at Nats Park are (from l) Jeff Wagner, inn liaison for the K’s for Kids program; Ryan Whited, family program manager at the Children’s Inn at NIH; and Collins.

 

Addi gets the grand tour of the infield and home plate from Nationals mascot Screech.
Addi gets the grand tour of the infield and home plate from Nationals mascot Screech.

PHOTOS: DIANE BAKER

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