Hailey Dawson, The Robotic-Hand Pitcher, To Drop Puck At NHL Game

Hailey will get prepared for her first NHL puck drop. (courtesy of Yong Dawson)

After throwing the ceremonial first pitch at Game four of the World Collection, Hailey Dawson, a 7-yr-previous with a delivery defect that robbed her of three proper-hand fingers, is increasing into hockey.

The second grader will drop the ceremonial first puck on the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Philadelphia Flyers recreation on Sunday with a specifically-designed robotic hand.

This marks Hailey’s first enlargement out of baseball, although she’s nonetheless on a mission to pitch in any respect 30 MLB ballparks. She has 14 of the 27 MLB groups she’s but to pitch for confirmed for the 2018 season. Her first pitch of the season can be on the San Diego Padres’ Petco Park on March 31.

Hailey’s run of ceremonial first pitches started a number of years in the past at a College of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels recreation, not removed from the place the Dawsons stay. She then expanded to the MLB, throwing her first pitch at a Baltimore Orioles vs. Oakland Athletics recreation in Baltimore in August 2015, and later at a Washington Nationals recreation. She closed out the 2017 season on the Houston Astros’ Minute Maid Park with a pitch at Game four of the World Collection, when the Astros confronted off towards the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Hailey, who turns eight subsequent month, was born with a uncommon illness referred to as Poland Syndrome that causes start defects in a single out of each 200,000 births. By way of these pitches and puck drops, she has got down to show that youngsters can reside extraordinary lives regardless of their handicaps or bodily deformities.

“We’re capable of unfold the notice for a syndrome that most individuals have by no means heard about until Hailey,” stated Yong Dawson, Hailey’s mother and spokesperson. “We get to inform individuals that a robotic hand just isn’t out of attain for those who want it. We get to point out folks that simply because Hailey has a limb distinction it doesn’t imply she’s restricted in what she will do. If it evokes one individual, that’s superb to us.”

The Golden Knights approached Hailey about dropping the puck as a part of their Hockey Is For Everybody Month, which features a collection of packages and occasions in February as a part of a league-large initiative to construct a extra inclusive surroundings.

“It was a no brainer for us as a household for Hailey to say sure,” Dawson stated. “The Golden Knights is our first skilled sports workforce in Las Vegas and it’s so thrilling. We attended a recreation and Hailey liked it. Our entire household liked it. We beloved rooting for our house group.”

(courtesy of Yong Dawson)

Hailey can also be throwing out the primary pitch for UNLV baseball on Feb. sixteen, opening night time.

Hailey’s robotic hand, which was designed by researchers at UNLV, allows her to make use of 5 plastic fingers held collectively and managed mechanically via a system of fishing strains. The fingers open and shut as she flicks her wrist up and down, enabling her to carry objects and lob balls.

Whereas Hailey has a favourite Knights participant (Nate Schmidt) and hopes to satisfy him at subsequent week’s recreation, her mother says Hailey’s old flame stays baseball, although hockey is turning into a brief second.

“For those who ask her, baseball is her old flame however now she has a second love and that’s hockey,” stated Dawson. “For us it signifies that she is an area woman representing our native workforce.”