FRISCO, Texas (August 18, 2018) - A night after leading an impactful Deaf Awareness Night Friday at Dr Pepper Ballpark, local deaf awareness advocate Mav Nelson has been invited to join the Myrtle Beach Pelicans for their Deaf Awareness Night Sunday evening.
Nelson's work centers on helping deaf people find work and volunteer opportunities throughout their communities as part of the "Mav Project". For more information on his initiative and to donate, click here.
He will be joining the Pelicans Sunday for a special evening, which has garnered national attention. The Pelicans will host a ASL class for all fans prior to the game, wear special uniforms with "Pelicans" spelled out in ASL across the front and welcome former Major League outfielder Curtis Pride (who is also deaf) to TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark.
The opportunity is part of a great partnership between the RoughRiders and Pelicans, who are both owned by the Greenberg Sports Group, led by Chuck Greenberg. Current RoughRiders President & General Manager Andy Milovich still serves as the president of the Pelicans in addition to his duties in Frisco.
"We couldn't be more excited to host Mav for the Pelicans Deaf Awareness Night," Pelicans General Manager Ryan Moore said. "After talking with Andy and Chuck and learning about the impact Mav has made on the deaf community in the DFW market, it was a no brainer to bring him to the beach for our special night."
His invitation to Myrtle Beach comes in the wake of his efforts at Dr Pepper Ballpark Friday. During the Riders' Deaf Awareness night, the crowd of 8,689 included a significant contingent from the deaf community, including one special guest who threw out a first pitch. The evening was also highlighted by the presence of American Sign Language interpreters during both the national anthem and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame".
The Riders continue their final two weeks of the regular season at Dr Pepper Ballpark, which ends August 31, tonight at 7:05 against Northwest Arkansas. For tickets to all remaining games, visit RidersBaseball.com, call (972) 731-9200 or visit the Dr Pepper Ballpark box office.
About the RoughRiders
The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at beautiful Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. The team was founded in 2003 and has finished first among all Double-A franchises in attendance in each of the last 13 seasons (2005-2017). In August 2014, the RoughRiders were purchased by an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg. Since then, the new ownership group, together with the City of Frisco, has spearheaded numerous major franchise enhancements, investing over $8 million in a wide array of facility upgrades and improvements, including a state-of-the-art HD video board, sound system, Bull Moose Saloon, InTouch Grille, Riders Outpost Team Store and the world's largest water feature in a sports facility, the massive Choctaw Lazy River. These enhancements earned the Riders and the City of Frisco Ballpark Digest's prestigious "Best Ballpark Renovation" award for two consecutive years (2015 and 2016). More than 140 former RoughRiders players have gone on to play Major League Baseball, including All-Stars Chris Davis, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Neftali Feliz, as well as current Rangers stars Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor and Nomar Mazara. For more information on the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please visit RidersBaseball.com or contact Ryan Rouillard at RRouillard@RidersBaseball.com.