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Las Vegas girl, 7, with 3D-printed hand will throw opening pitch at Game 4 of World Series

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Aaron Mayes / UNLV Photo Services

Hailey Dawson closes her eyes as a laser scanner is used to make a 3D model of her deformed hand June 19, 2014 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Hailey Dawson, a 7-year-old Las Vegas-area girl with a 3-D printed hand engineered by UNLV students, is taking center stage at the World Series this afternoon, tossing out the ceremonial first pitch.

The throw will be broadcast in the pregame show, which will air at 4:30 p.m. on FOX (KVVU-TV), just before the championship’s Game 4 in Houston’s Minute Maid Park between the Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Last month, after Bleacher Report published a video highlighting Hailey’s goal of throwing out the first pitch at every American ballpark, Major League Baseball reached out to her parents to invite her to the World Series, as did other teams inviting her to do the same next season.

She’s thrown to Bryce Harper at Nationals Park and Manny Machado at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Hailey was diagnosed with the rare Poland Syndrome at birth, which stunted the growth of her right-hand fingers, according to UNLV. In 2014, students and faculty at the university’s engineering department began developing robotic 3-D printed hands, which help her grab, grasp and throw.

UNLV is attempting to raise $30,000 to develop hands for children like Hailey, the university said this week.

For more information on the project, visit: unlv.edu/news/article/engineering-mean-fastball