Baseball mascot surprises family of deaf boy in touching moment caught on tape

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DAYTON, Ohio – A family in Ohio was thrilled when they received free tickets to a Dayton Dragons baseball game late last month.

Matt and Cheri Samworth were headed to the game with their 7-year-old son, Hunter, when he spotted the team’s mascot.

Hunter has cochlear implants but is nonverbal.

That didn’t stop him from going up to the mascot and using his hands to tell Heater ‘It’s nice to meet you.’

Matt Samworth told, “So he walks up to Heater and signs that to him, and next thing you know, Heater signs back and just starts signing to him.”

As it turns out, the mascot’s escort is a sign language interpreter and the man inside the costume is currently in school to become a sign language interpreter too.


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