Fans of the Baltimore Orioles might not have a lot to cheer about this season, but at least they know their team is doing something to make the world a better place.
On September 18th, the Orioles donned special uniforms that are quite unique in the history of the major leagues. Both the name of the team on the front and the player’s names on the back of the jersey were printed in Braille lettering. It’s the first time that any team, in any professional sport, has incorporated Braille into a game day uniform.
The special jerseys were created to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the National Federation of the Blind being headquartered in Baltimore. As part of the festivities for National Federation of the Blind Night at the ballpark, the first fifteen-thousand fans to arrive at Oriole Park at Camden Yards received a custom Braille alphabet card, handed out by members of the NFOTB so they can translate the player jerseys during the game.
After the infield dust has settled, the game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off to raise funds for the Federation, which does amazing work nationally to help those without sight live life to the fullest. The Federation, which is comprised of those suffering from blindness, as well as family, friends and supporters, has programs all over the country to help people with blindness adapt to the disability and make the absolute most of their personal situation. This includes education and training, as well as legal support, audio information services and a national scholarship program for blind college-bound students.
Around here, we tend to be mostly Cubs or White Sox fans, but with something this awesome happening in Maryland, we can all stand up and cheer for the O’s as they team up with the National Federation of the Blind to do some Double Good.