On Friday, June 8, the Pawtucket Red Sox will host the second annual Deaf Awareness Night at McCoy Stadium in Rhode Island, as the team hosts the Indianapolis Indians.
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 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. Fifty percent of the proceeds for all tickets sold through ticketreturn.com support NTID summer camps.
The event will include RIT’s mascot, RITchie, along with PawSox mascots PAWS and SOX to teach American Sign Language signs prior to the game. The national anthem will be performed in ASL, and handouts with the ASL alphabet and highlights of deaf baseball great William “Dummy” Hoy’s contribution to Major League Baseball will be distributed. Deaf and hard-of-hearing students will also participate in many of the opening ceremony highlights, including starting the game with “play ball” and greeting players as they take the field.
Music videos for popular songs “Centerfield” and “Happy” created in sign language by the Camp Mark 7 Deaf Film campers will be viewed on the Jumbotron, and trivia questions will be shown between innings to help raise awareness of deafness and Deaf culture.
In addition, the first 3,000 attendees will get a PAWS toothbrush holder.