A seven-year-old girl has set a lofty goal — to throw out the first pitch in every major league ballpark. What makes Hailey Dawson’s goal all the more amazing is that she has a 3D-printed hand. The little girl hopes that by visiting every MLB stadium, she’ll be able to raise awareness for Poland Syndrome.
Hailey was born with Poland Syndrome, a rare birth defect that caused her to be born with three fingers missing from her right hand. Her mother, Yong, contacted engineers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and they created a special 3D-printed hand for Hailey. After Hailey threw out the first pitch at a UNLV baseball game, she was hooked. She told her parents that she wanted to throw out the first pitch for the Baltimore Oriels, her father’s favorite team.
Mrs. Dawson wrote a letter to the front office staff, and the rest is history.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) August 18, 2015
When Las Vegas native and Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper met the girl, he arranged for her to throw out a pitch at Nationals Park.
Hailey Dawson, a 7-year-old pitching prospect and your new personal hero, threw out yesterday's 1st pitch with her 3D-printed robotic hand! pic.twitter.com/wCL9xHRt1O
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) June 12, 2017
After @BleacherReport tweeted out a video about Hailey’s goal, other Major League teams responded.
This is the best! DM us her info.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) September 8, 2017
Sounds great! Can you DM us Hailey's info, so we can reach out?
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) September 7, 2017
Looks like we need to get you to Fenway, Hailey!
Just DM us with your info and we're in! ⚾️
— Red Sox (@RedSox) September 8, 2017
We would love to have Hailey at AT&T Park! Please DM us her info.
— San Francisco Giants (@SFGiants) September 7, 2017
On Twitter, Yong Dawson said that she and her husband are so proud of Hailey and the inspiration she’s become. So far, almost 20 MLB teams have invited Hailey to throw out the first pitch. Several college and minor-league parks have also invited Hailey to throw a pitch. If she makes it to all 30 stadiums, she’ll set a Guinness World Record.
It looks like the 2018 baseball season is going to be a busy one for the Dawson family.
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(Image: Instagram / @Haileys_Hand)