8-Year-Old with 3D-Printed Hand Throws Opening Pitch for Red Sox on #Journeyto30

Eight-year-old Hailey Dawson has made waves in the world of Major League Baseball (MLB), thanks to the work of her new prosthetic 3D-printed hand.

According to Sports Illustrated, Dawson was born with a birth defect where she’s missing three fingers on her throwing hand – a condition known as Poland Syndrome. The prosthetic hand was engineered by students and professors at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas and 3D-printed by Stratasys. The hand, branded by the University as “Robohand”, simply opens and closes with a flick of the wrist.


With her new 3D-printed hand, Dawson was determined to pitch at all 30 MLB stadiums. And like other MLB teams, the Red Sox were ready to be a part of Dawson’s #Journeyto30. She’s already pitched at 20 stadiums so far – with another 10 to go – and the time has finally come for Dawson to pitch with the Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 12, getting her one step closer to completing the #Journeyto30.

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This post originally appeared on the Navigate the Future blog.