Former Stevenson baseball player Casey Davis '02, who founded the website DeafMD.org, was selected to represent the Baltimore Orioles as part of Major League Baseball and PEOPLE Magazine's "All-Stars Among Us," which debuted in 2009 and recognizes individuals who are serving their communities in extraordinary ways.
Davis was one three finalists representing the Orioles and was chosen to represent the team by fans across the nation for his work related to DeafMD.org which provides health education in sign language for the one million members of the deaf community.
"This is an incredible opportunity to share not only the need for health education materials in American Sign Language, but also the need for effective communication in the health care setting for the Deaf community," said Davis.
"I am honored to have the chance to do this through two other things I love dearly, baseball and the Orioles."
The 30 "All-Stars Among Us," one representing each MLB club, will attend and be honored during the pre-game ceremony of the 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m., on FOX.
One of the winners will also be featured in PEOPLE magazine.
Fans across the nation cast 1.7 million votes, more than double the amount of votes from last year, at PeopleAllStars.com to select the 30 "All-Stars Among Us" winners out of the pool of 90 finalists who are serving as leaders within their communities.
As a result of his selection, Davis, who was a middle infielder at Stevenson from 2000-02, was asked to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Tuesday, June 29 prior to the Orioles' game against the Oakland Athletics.
After five years of self-funded design and development, Davis launched DeafMD.org in 2008. Until then, no internet resource existed to explain a wide variety of health-related topics in American Sign Language for the deaf community.
Now, more than 90 percent of the surveyed visitors report they know more about their health because of DeafMD.
According to the website, "Using health information created by
two trustworthy and unbiased government sources—the Centers
for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health, our team
of healthcare providers, linguists and educators translates this