On Friday, June 7, the Pawtucket Red Sox will host their third annual Deaf Awareness Night at McCoy Stadium, as the team hosts the Rochester Red Wings. Gates open at 6 p.m. with the first pitch at 7:05 p.m.
Designed to bring recognition and awareness of deaf and hard-of-hearing members of the New England community, Deaf Awareness Night expects to host 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 Rochester Red Wings play host to the PawSox April 28 for their own Deaf Culture Day.
Deaf Awareness Night 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.
Trivia questions will be shown between innings to help raise awareness of deafness and Deaf culture, and baseball-related signs such as ‘pitcher’ and ‘catcher’ will be shown on the scoreboard to teach members of the audience.
Special tickets for the event are $10 and include $2 in ballpark credit that can be used at the concession and merchandise stands, with $5 of each ticket supporting NTID outreach programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing middle and high school students. Purchase tickets using this link: https://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?orgid=53855&schedule=list&agency=PRSV_B2B49.
The game coincides with special STEM Day activities for southern New England deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Interested students and parents should connect with their school’s teachers for details and registration, or contact DJ Monahan, RIT/NTID assistant director for Outreach & Special Projects, at firstname.lastname@example.org.