April 9, 2019 - 10:33 am
The Las Vegas Aviators’ first pitch at the opening night of the new Las Vegas Ballpark will be thrown by a 9-year-old local girl.
We are honored to announce that Hailey will be a part of Las Vegas history tomorrow with @Athletics Triple AAA Team @AviatorsLV opening night @LVBallpark when she throws out the first pitch. New team, new ballpark, first ever opening night. pic.twitter.com/XXTW1kwj9h
— Haileys_hand (@haileys_hand) April 9, 2019
Hailey Dawson, the first person to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, will get the honor, team spokesman Jim Gemma confirmed.
Dawson, who lives in Henderson, was born with Poland syndrome, a rare disorder that left her with an underdeveloped right hand.
A UNLV grad student helped engineer a 3-D printed prosthetic hand that Dawson can use to grip and throw a baseball.
The Las Vegas Aviators, the Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, are scheduled to play their first game tonight at their new $150 million home in Downtown Summerlin.