Pawtucket Red Sox to hold Deaf Awareness Night Thursday, May 11

Poster for Pawtucket Red Sox Deaf Awareness Night.

On Thursday, May 11, the Pawtucket Red Sox will host their first-ever Deaf Awareness Night at McCoy Stadium, as the team hosts the Rochester Red Wings.  

Designed to bring more recognition and awareness of deaf and hard-of-hearing members of the New England community, Deaf Awareness Night expects to bring together more than 100 area deaf and hard-of-hearing young people and adults, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and administrators of Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, the world’s first and largest technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.

The event will include RIT mascot RITchie along with PawSox mascots PAWS and SOX to teach ASL signs prior to the game. The national anthem will be performed in American Sign Language, and handouts with the ASL alphabet and highlights of deaf baseball great William “Dummy” Hoy's contribution to major league baseball will be distributed.  

Music videos for popular songs "Centerfield" and "Happy" created in sign language by Camp Mark 7 Deaf Film Camp participants will be viewed on the Jumbotron, and trivia questions will be shown between innings to help raise awareness of deafness and Deaf culture.  

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