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Minor league baseball team to wear ASL jerseys for Deaf Awareness Night

Jul 25, 2018, 12:24 PM

Minor league baseball is always producing unique promotions.

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are offering an especially unique night to help benefit the deaf community.

On Aug. 19, the Pelicans will be hosting Deaf Awareness Night where the team will be wearing special American Sign Language-inspired jerseys.

The Pelicans will also be inviting former MLB player Curtis Pride to attend the game. Pride played 12 seasons in the major leagues and has been deaf since birth. Pride is currently the head coach of the Gallaudet University baseball team, a private university for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Pregame festivities include an intro to ASL class, a question and answer segment with Pride, and a special meet-and-greet with Pride for members of the deaf community.

Pride along with players and coaches from the Pelicans staff will be a hosting a free youth baseball clinic for members of the deaf community at a later date.

During the game ASL interpreters will be used throughout the Pelicans’ in-game experience, and the game will feature a silent inning. The seventh inning stretch will be performed in ASL as well.

After the game the Pelicans will be auctioning off the ASL-inspired jerseys with the proceeds benefiting the deaf community.

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