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Deaf Awareness Night Is Saturday, June 15, 2019

Matt "The Hammer" Hamill Headlines 2nd Annual Deaf Awareness Night

Matt "The Hammer" Hamill is an an American mixed martial artist and wrestler who last competed in the Light Heavyweight division of the UFC. He was a three-time NCAA Division III Champion in wrestling (167 lb. class in 1997, 190 lb. class in 1998, and 197 lb. class in 1999) while attending the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York. Hamill also has a silver medal in Freestyle Wrestling from the 2001 Summer Deaflympics.

Born deaf at birth, Hamill has two daughters, Tierra, Elaina, and one son, Matt Jr. His wife is Sahar Hamill. He is the subject of the 2010 film "The Hammer" about his early life and wrestling career.

The 2nd Annual Deaf Awareness Night is Saturday, June 15. Throughout the course of the evening "The Hammer" will be available for a one hour autograph session begin shortly the start of the game. He will also go head-to-head with a fan in the Seabreeze Orthodontics Knockerball Challenge. Fans can enter for the chance to face Hamill by clicking the button below.

Light Heavyweight | 6'1" | 205 lbs. 
DOB: October 5, 1976
Country: USA

Deaf Awareness Night 2019 Line-Up

In addition to his appearance at the game, Hamill will be holding a private screening of his 2010 movie, "The Hammer", at 1:30 PM that day at Stone Theatres - Grand 14 at The Market Commons. Access to this screening is only available with a VIP package. VIP packages are just $35 and include:

  • 1 Black's Tire High Tide Ticket for June 15
  • 1 Food Voucher
  • 1 Matt "The Hammer" Hamill Trading Card
  • A fast pass to Hamill's autograph session at the ballpark
  • Exclusive access to the screening of "The Hammer" at Stone Theatres - Grand 14 at The Market Commons at 1:30 PM
  • Exclusive post-screening Q&A Session and Meet & Greet with Hamill at Stone Theatres - Grand 14 at The Market Commons

A portion of all VIP sales will go to benefit the Pelicans For The Deaf, a non-profit organization benefiting the local deaf community.

VIP packages are available by clicking the button below or calling 843-918-6000.

Pregame events include an Intro to American Sign Language (ASL) class where fans can learn a few basic signs.

To increase awareness and raise funds for the deaf community, the Pelicans will wear specially-designed jerseys that replace the traditional Pelicans script with American Sign Language. The club will hold a free raffle for the commemorative jerseys to members of the deaf community. In addition, a select number of team-signed jerseys will be auctioned off, with the proceeds benefitting the deaf community.

In an effort to create an inclusive experience for members of the deaf community, sign language interpreters will be infused into the Pelicans' gameday experience. The night will include a silent inning, the Seventh Inning Stretch will be performed by an ASL interpreter, and will conclude with a postgame Fireworks Extravaganza courtesy of East Coast Pyrotechnics. 

Learn to Sign the National Anthem

In addition, fans will be allowed on the field during the anthem to sign the anthem alongside Jason Hurdich, an RID certified deaf interpreter, who will perform the anthem. Nicole Herrera - Miss Summerville Teen - will be singing the anthem. If you would like to learn to sign the anthem in ASL and join the Pelicans on-field on June 15, click the buttons below and start learning today!

"American Sign Language" Merchandise Line

Due to the overwhelming response of Deaf Awareness Night and the high demand from fans for wearable items in 2018, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans introduced a then brand new merchandise line that replaces the traditional Pelicans script with American Sign Language. The items, including fitted and adjustable hats, youth and adult shirts and jerseys, are available for purchase online and in-store.

Michael Sokolik Feature

It's about memories. For Michael Sokolik those memories began in 1999. On August 19, 2018 he and his family added a new one with Deaf Awareness Night.