Minor League Mascot Surprises Deaf Fan by Using Sign Language

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2014

A minor league mascot was able to make one family's game-day experience special with its knowledge of sign language.

On May 24, the Samworth family attended a Dayton Dragons (the Single-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds) game. Seven-year-old Hunter Samworth—who has cochlear implants but is nonverbal—wanted to talk to the Dragons mascot, Heater.

Little did the family know, Heater was going to be able to use sign language to communicate with the young boy.

The interaction with the mascot left Hunter with a smile on his face and gave the family a lasting memory.



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