WASHINGTON -- American Idol season 10 winner Scotty McCreery had two loves when he was growing up: music and baseball.
While McCreery is best known as an ACM Award-winning and platinum-selling country music star, he has also been a lifelong baseball player and fan. Before Sunday's game at Nationals Park, he presented a $4,000 donation to the Nationals Dream Foundation and its Youth Baseball Academy.
"Baseball, to me, was a huge part of my life," McCreery said, "so I want to make sure these kids out there get the same chances I did when I was growing up."
McCreery stopped by Nationals Park in partnership with Major League Baseball to promote the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program. He first got involved with the program by donating money in Nashville.
McCreery was also scheduled to sing God Bless America on Sunday afternoon.
"I'm pumped," he said. "It's a cool [song] to sing, especially in the nation's capital."
Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.