Hearing Impairment Not Stopping 12 Year-Old Elite Baseball/Violin Player | Localish


Keep your head down. It feels like second
nature, actually. Once he puts his mind
to it, he moves forward and he attacks with a
ferocity that I haven’t seen. Lance is a workhorse. He’s one of those kids
that just gives it his all. With the hearing aids,
he’s done exceptionally well. A legend in the
making right there. [TUNING VIOLIN] All right, it’s good. I’m Lance Moon. I’m 12 years old. I play baseball
for White Sox ACE, and I also play the violin. [PLAYING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM] [MUSIC PLAYING] My first time seeing
Lance play the violin was at the White Sox game. And I’m used to seeing, like,
fierce, competitive Lance. [PLAYING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM] And I see him in this serene
state, playing the violin. It was– it was amazing. It was incredible. He’s out there in
that field, and you got all these people
looking at him, and he’s playing that violin. It was overwhelming. I mean, I’m still
smiling about it. I started playing violin
when I was about six years old, and then I got into baseball
when I was about nine. LATRICE MOON: He’s been juggling
music school and baseball pretty much since diapers. [PLAYING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM] Actually, him playing
the violin has helped him with his hearing. When he was born, he had some
nerve damage in his middle ear. LANCE MOON: When we discovered
that he was hearing impaired, we made it our
business to make sure that that would not be
his crutch, attacking it with music, then with sports. ACE– Amateur City Elite– is
a youth travel baseball program ran by White Sox Charities. We practice three to four days
a week, games on the weekend, traveling. He’s super hard on himself. He’s going to work and work it
hard until he gets it right. Lance doesn’t use his hearing
impairment as a setback. He knows what he was
born with, and he’s just kind of embraced that. And he’s used it as,
like, motivation. It just pushes me, especially
in baseball and at violin. Doing hard things,
that’s how life comes. Just because you
have a hearing loss, that don’t mean that you stop. You have to keep going. I can’t say that
there’s anything that I haven’t seen my son excel in. Just try to do my best. I think of it as life, actually. The violin and baseball,
they take a lot of practice. I put years of work into them. You can do anything
you put your mind to. Play ball.

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