MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 23, 2018) - The Myrtle Beach Pelicans will celebrate Deaf Awareness Night at 6:05 p.m. on Sunday, August 19 from TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. Deaf Awareness Night will be headlined by former major league outfielder Curtis Pride, who, along with Pelicans players and coaches, will host a free youth baseball clinic for members of the deaf community. Registration for the camp is available on www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.
Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. for the 6:05 p.m. game. Pregame events include an Intro to American Sign Language (ASL) class, a Q&A session with Pride for all fans in attendance and a bonus VIP Meet & Greet with Pride for members of the deaf community. Pride, who has been deaf since birth, enjoyed an 11-year career in the big leagues with the Angels, Expos, Red Sox, Tigers, Braves and Mets. He is currently MLB's Ambassador for Inclusion, as well as the head baseball coach at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., a private university for the deaf and hard of hearing.
"We are honored and excited to be hosting such a unique night," said Pelicans general manager Ryan Moore. "It's our hope that the elements we are infusing into our gameday experience will create an atmosphere of inclusion, education and awareness. Personally, I'm looking forward to hearing from Curtis Pride and seeing our team in uniquely designed ASL jerseys."
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. Additionally, Jason Hurdich, an RID certified deaf interpreter, will perform the National Anthem, and for the first time in club history, the Seventh Inning Stretch will be performed by an ASL interpreter. The Pelicans have also added a postgame Fireworks Extravaganza to the night courtesy of East Coast Pyrotechnics.
Tickets are available to Deaf Awareness Night and all remaining 2018 Myrtle Beach Pelicans home games at www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/tickets, as well as by visiting the Pelicans' Box Office or by calling the club at (843) 918-6000.
Deaf Awareness Night also doubles as an Ultimate Kids Sunday presented by Anderson Brothers Bank with free inflatables, a pregame on-field catch, face painting, balloon artists and more.
The 2018 season is the 20th season for the Pelicans franchise and fourth as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For tickets visit MyrtleBeachPelicans.com/tickets, call (843) 918-6000, or visit the Pelicans Box Office.
ABOUT THE PELICANS: The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play their home games at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Since being acquired by a group led by Chuck Greenberg during the 2006 season, the Pelicans have repeatedly set team attendance records and become known as one of Minor League Baseball's most innovative and creative franchises. The team and its employees have been dedicated to making a difference in the Myrtle Beach community, specifically giving back over $2 million in donations, fundraising proceeds, in-kind services and community service since launching the Pelicans Play It Forward Community Initiative in 2013. TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark has ranked in the top eight in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in six of the last seven seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences and the best in the Carolina League for six of the past seven seasons. In June 2017, the Pelicans won the 2017 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. On the field, the team has won four Mills Cup Championships, including claims to back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000, and again in 2015 and 2016. The Pelicans have made 11 postseason appearances behind 13 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season, second half of 2016 and first half of 2017. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or email Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.