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Pawtucket Red Sox to hold Deaf Awareness Night June 7

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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 dxmnca@rit.edu.   

Rochester Red Wings baseball partners with RIT/NTID, Rochester School for the Deaf for Deaf Culture Day at Frontier Field April 28

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Rochester Red Wings baseball, in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf and Rochester School for the Deaf, will host the first Deaf Culture Day at Frontier Field, Sunday, April 28. The 1:05 p.m. game is a matchup between the Red Wings and the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The announcement on March 5 at RIT/NTID featured Red Wings officials, administrators from RIT/NTID and RSD, student athletes, and mascots Spikes, from the Red Wings, and Ritchie, from RIT.

During the announcement, the Red Wings unveiled a specially designed jersey and baseball cap with “Red Wings” embroidered in American Sign Language. Replica T-shirts and adjustable caps, along with a ticket to the game, are available to fans for $20 and $22, respectively. Other merchandise, including flex-fit caps, adjustable caps, fitted caps and T-shirts, are available online or at the team store at One Morrie Silver Way in Rochester. Single tickets to the game--$7/$9/$11 using the promo code GOWINGS – are for sale at https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/BuyNew.asp?EventID=262647&PromoCode=gowings. Proceeds from sales of game-worn jerseys will benefit NTID and RSD.

Interpreters will be on site during the game at Frontier Field to assist fans, and there will be a “silent inning,” without public address announcements, to raise further awareness about deafness.

“We are proud to partner with RIT/NTID and Rochester School for the Deaf for Deaf Culture Day so that we can celebrate the deaf community and the important impact that deaf citizens have had in Rochester,” said Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason. “We look forward to hosting many deaf members of the Rochester community and their families, while also educating all fans about deaf culture. The Red Wings are excited to have our players wear American Sign Language-inspired caps and jerseys for this special game. We also look forward to welcoming back deaf citizen and former NTID staff member Ogden Whitehead to Frontier Field, who was a fixture for many years while playing the role of ‘Recycleman,’ the Red Wings biggest cheerleader.”

NTID President Gerry Buckley spoke about the connection between deafness and baseball, as well as the rich history of Rochester’s deaf community.

“Throughout history, baseball and the deaf community have been intertwined,” he said. “And Rochester, which is known as ‘Sign City,’ is home to a historic deaf community. Furthermore, deaf and hard-of-hearing fans have been among the most loyal Red Wings followers. RIT/NTID is proud of its own history of deaf baseball players and is proud to partner with the Rochester Red Wings.”

Antony McLetchie, superintendent and CEO of Rochester School for the Deaf, said “RSD has a long history with baseball. This is a very exciting time for us and we look forward to this event being part of our history with the Rochester Red Wings.”

Amelia Hamilton, a third-year photographic and imaging arts major from Austin, Texas, worked with the Red Wings organization this past summer. “I enjoyed photographing the games and the fans. Rochester is a great community and being with the team helped me to get to know it better. I’m excited to see where my career will take me, but I will never forget the great experiences with the Red Wings.”

For more information, contact Vienna McGrain at 585-475-4952 or Vienna.Carvalho@rit.edu; or Nate Rowan, director of communications, Rochester Red Wings, at 585-454-1001, ext. 3006, or NRowan@redwingsbaseball.com.

RIT/NTID student-athlete serves as brilliant leader of RIT women’s soccer team

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Captain. Leader. Communicator. All are attributes and qualities that describe junior forward Mia White (Littleton, Colorado/Rocky Mountain Deaf School) of the No. 15 RIT women's soccer team. White has played an integral role for the Tigers, appearing in all 41 games since joining the team as a freshman in 2016. White, who is deaf, is one of the most effective communicators on the team. She goes the extra mile to make connections with her teammates, which has helped fuel RIT's success. More.

Researchers at NTID demonstrate accessible rower at Imagine RIT festival

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As part of Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival, researchers at NTID’s Center on Access Technology will demonstrate an accessible rower that enables deaf and hard-of-hearing rowers to follow verbal coxswain instructions during competitions. Festival visitors can sit in a canoe and test their reflex response times by using a game pad to reply to visual cues displayed on a smartphone.       

The idea for the accessible rower came about in 2016, with the addition of a deaf rower to the RIT men’s rowing team roster, with the possibility of other deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes joining the squad. In rowing competitions, rowers are required to follow commands from the coxswain, who determines the speed of the boat.

According to Wendy Dannels, a research faculty member in NTID’s Center on Access Technology and one of the project coordinators, the solution provides a visual display showing transcription and/or illustration of the coxswain’s commands. The application was developed to help the athletes synchronize with the coxswain by using a custom Automatic Speech Recognition engine. The engine is offline so the deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes can utilize the technology without internet connection.

In addition to Dannels, project team members are Steven McClusky, a fourth-year software engineering student from Blue Springs, Mo.; Joseph Stanislow, instructional/support faculty member, NTID Information and Computing Studies; and Brian Trager, associate director of the NTID Center on Access Technology.

RIT men’s lacrosse earns top-five ranking in two NCAA Division III preseason polls

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The RIT men's lacrosse team was picked in the top-five in two preseason polls. The Tigers were selected third in the USILA/Nike Lacrosse Division III Preseason Coaches Poll and fifth in the Nike/U.S. Lacrosse Men's Preseason Poll. The Tigers, who will celebrate their 50th season in 2018, finished with 20 wins in 2017, advancing to the Division III Championship game for the second time in four years. More.

Introducing RIT/NTID’s New Athlete Development Program

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A new program is underway, making the competitive world of collegiate sports even more accessible to all students.The RIT/NTID Athlete Development Program  provides support and training to improve quality of deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes’ experience as key members of their respective athletic programs. Skip Flangan, RIT/NTID’s athlete development coordinator, is working closely with RIT varsity coaches, NTID faculty and staff and, of course, the athletes themselves to help ensure greatness on and off the field, court or track. More.