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The Give: Gallaudet University & Curtis Pride


Curtis Pride has played professional baseball for over 23 years, including 11 years in the major leagues with six different teams.

As a deaf baseball player, his biggest challenge was communicating with his teammates and coaches on the field. After he retired from playing professional baseball, the athletic director for Gallaudet University approached him with an exciting opportunity.

Gallaudet University is the world’s only university in which all programs and services are designed to accommodate deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Curtis Pride took over Gallaudet University’s vacant head baseball coaching job to help deaf and hard of hearing athletes pursue their dreams. With help from partners like Eastern Automotive, Pride helped build a winning program.

We are honored that we could help Pride build a winning program. For the first time in five years, Gallaudet had their first winning season where they won 25 games, beat four top 20 teams in the country, and succeeded in their division.