Deaf Boy, 7, Communicates With Mascot In Sign Language In Heart- - kcentv.com - KCEN HD - Waco, Temple, and Killeen

Deaf Boy, 7, Communicates With Mascot In Sign Language In Heart-Melting Video

Posted: Updated:

(TODAY) -- The Samworth family of Germantown, Ohio was already riding high last month when they arrived at a Dayton Dragons baseball game — they had free tickets, and they knew it would be a blast. What they didn’t realize was that a friendly guy in a dragon mascot costume was about to make their day unforgettable.

Matt and Cheri Samworth were walking outside the stadium with their 7-year-old son Hunter on May 24 when they spotted the team’s mascots nearby. Hunter, who has cochlear implants but is nonverbal, asked his parents through sign language if he could go talk to the dragon, known as Heater.

“My wife told him in sign, ‘Tell Heater it’s nice to meet you,’” Matt Samworth told TODAY.com. “So he walks up to Heater and signs that to him, and next thing you know, Heater signs back and just starts signing to him.”

Hunter’s dad, who says he's never seen anything like the moment his son shared with the mascot, managed to catch a good chunk of the encounter in a video that he later posted to YouTube.

“The smile on his face was ear to ear,” Matt remembers. “I couldn’t even speak. I was just in awe. I was like, this is something that he’s going to remember for the rest of his life."

As it turned out, the meeting was a happy coincidence — the mascot's escort is a sign language interpreter, and the man inside the mascot suit is currently in school, training to be an interpreter as well.

When the team discovered the touching video on YouTube and shared it, it quickly went viral, leading to a response that Matt calls "just incredible."

“My wife said it the best: He had this look of, ‘He gets me. He understands me. He speaks my language,’" Matt says of how his son felt talking to the mascot. "It was a great feeling.”

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Virtual Ride Along With Waco PD

    Virtual Ride Along With Waco PD

    Saturday, August 2 2014 12:12 AM EDT2014-08-02 04:12:13 GMT
    (KCEN)—Waco police took the community on a virtual ride along Friday night, using Facebook and Twitter to show what a night as a patrol officer is like. The ride along was announced after the Waco Police Department’s Facebook page got over 10,000 likes. More >>
    (KCEN)—Waco police took the community on a virtual ride along Friday night, using Facebook and Twitter to show what a night as a patrol officer is like. The ride along was announced after the Waco Police Department’s Facebook page got over 10,000 likes. More >>
  • Parents, Grandparents Push More Autism Awareness After Attacks

    Parents, Grandparents Push More Autism Awareness After Attacks

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:05 PM EDT2014-08-01 23:05:28 GMT
    (KCEN) -- It's a little-understood disorder. Kids with autism often face challenges other kids don't. And, unfortunately, sometimes those challenges involve physical or emotional violence.More >>
    (KCEN) -- It's a little-understood disorder. Kids with autism often face challenges other kids don't. And, unfortunately, sometimes those challenges involve physical or emotional violence.More >>
  • Killeen Airport Celebrates 10 Years

    Killeen Airport Celebrates 10 Years

    Friday, August 1 2014 5:53 PM EDT2014-08-01 21:53:16 GMT
     Killeen Fort Hood Regional Airport turned 10 years old on Friday...More >>
     Killeen Fort Hood Regional Airport turned 10 years old on Friday...More >>
Click for Local Doppler Radar
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KCEN. All Rights Reserved. Users of this site agree to the Terms of Service, Privacy Notice/Your California Privacy Rights, and Ad Choices.