See it: 11-year-old superhero throws first pitch for Nats game that originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Before the Nationals hosted the Mets in Game 1 of a split doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, fans in Nationals Park got to see something they had never seen before. They got to see a real superhero throwing the first pitch.
Matteo Lambert, an 11-year-old Nationals fan from Vienna, Virginia, was recognized for his heroic work for Off the Charts, a nonprofit that helps comfort and empower children with cancer through the leadership of their peers.
He stepped up to the hill with the cape he wore in each of the 35 races he has run since the Off the Charts Club was founded in 2019. At each race, he bore the name and photo of a child battling cancer, and on Saturday, he wore the cape in honor of Xavier, a seven-year-old child battling stage 3 kidney cancer.
As founder and CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of Off the Charts, Matteo has helped raise nearly $100,000 to support the causes of childhood cancer.
He continues to show the world how big his heart is and on Saturday we learned he has quite the arm with it.