Iowa Baseball Camp for the Deaf

Good afternoon everybody! I spent all of last week in Des Moines, Iowa. I was there to volunteer my services as a photographer for the Iowa Baseball Camp for the Deaf (IBCD) for the second year in a row.

IBCD is a week-long, half-day baseball camp that provides a place for Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing children aged 7-14 years old to learn and play baseball. Due to the enormous effort put forth by Dylan Heuer and all of the staff, interpreters, volunteers, and sponsors involved, the camp has been successful for four years and running. I'm eternally grateful to be part of a wonderful community.

While I was there, I was reminded of why I enjoy being a photographer: unbridled emotion and moments. The campers are just there to do two things: learn and play their hearts out. It made my job easy because they weren't worried about much else.

Short story time: there was a girl named Lainey. She is a cochlear implant user with little knowledge of ASL. She came into the camp an absolute nervous wreck. I soon found out why: up until the first day of camp, she had little exposure to the Deaf world and so the sudden change was an overwhelming experience. However, the community welcomed her with open arms and animated hands. Sure enough, she transformed into another person entirely. From the second day and on, she was all smiles and now an active member of the Deaf and HoH community with a love for baseball.

Enough from me, here are the pictures from the week in Iowa where we played ball, rain or shine!

All editing done by Dylan Heuer.

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