Aaron Mayes / UNLV Photo Services
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 | 4:08 p.m.
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