Orioles to incorporate Braille lettering into uniforms to honor the blind
The Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday announced plans to incorporate Braille lettering into the team’s uniforms for a Sept. 18 game in honor of National Federation of the Blind Night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
On Sept. 18, we'll recognize the 40th anniversary of @NFB_voice moving their headquarters to Baltimore and become the first American professional sports team to incorporate Braille lettering into our gameday uniforms when we host National Federation of the Blind Night at OPACY. pic.twitter.com/vU8ZDlXGOr
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) September 5, 2018
“We’ve made a conscious effort to create an environment where everyone feels welcome at the ballpark,” said Greg Bader, Orioles vice president of communications and marketing, via The Baltimore Sun. “We take our role as entertainer very seriously, but we also want to serve as an escape for some people, and as a platform to highlight the causes and morals that we feel strongly about. A ‘blindness awareness night’ puts it into perspective that there’s more going on out there than just wins and losses.”
Orioles jerseys bearing the Braille lettering will be autographed and auctioned after the game, with all proceeds going to the National Federation of the Blind.
The Orioles also announced via Twitter that the first 15,000 fans in attendance will receive a co-branded NFB/Orioles Braille alphabet card. Carlos Ibay, a blind singer/pianist, will perform the national anthem, per an ESPN report. National Federation of the Blind president Mark Riccobono, who is also blind, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.