was born in Washington D.C. on December 17, 1968. By
the age of nine months, audio logical tests confirmed
that he was profoundly deaf from birth. At age two,
his parents moved to Silver Spring, Maryland and enrolled
Curtis in the Montgomery County Public School System's
Auditory Service infant program. He was then fully mainstreamed
into his neighborhood schools from seventh grade until
his graduation from John F. Kennedy High School in 1986.
In addition to graduating with a 3.6 GPA, Curtis was
an outstanding high school athlete, excelling in the
sports of baseball, basketball and soccer. He was a
first team All-American soccer player and a member of
the United States National Team that played in the Junior
World Cup in Beijing, China. As a result of his play
in that tournament, Curtis was named as one of the top
15 youth soccer players in the world in 1985.
After already accepting a full basketball scholarship
to the College of William and Mary, Curtis was drafted
in baseball by the New York Mets. Through a unique arrangement
negotiated among the Pride family, the Mets and William
and Mary, Curtis signed with the Mets as a professional
baseball player while he also attended college as a
full-time student athlete. From 1986 to 1990 Curtis
was a four-year basketball starter at William and Mary
while also playing baseball part-time in the Mets organization.
He graduated from William and Mary in 1990 with a degree
In 1992, Curtis signed with the Montreal Expos as a
minor league free agent. On September 23, 1993 he recorded
his first major league hit - a memorable double that
resulted in a five minute standing ovation from a capacity
crowd at Montreal's Olympic Stadium.
has subsequently enjoyed a successful career in professional
baseball, and played with the following major league
teams: Detroit Tigers, 1996-1997; Atlanta Braves, 1998;
Boston Red Sox 1997 and 2000; and Montreal Expos, 1993,
1995 and 2001. In 349 major league games, he has compiled
a .256 batting average with 18 home runs, 76 RBI's and
28 stolen bases.
receives hundreds of letters each year, primarily from
young men and women with disabilities or their parents,
and he personally tries to answer each and every letter.
In addition, he makes numerous community appearances
on behalf of children with and without disabilities.
His remarkable story has been featured by Dan Rather
on the CBS television show 48 Hours, and in publications
and newspapers such as Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated,
The Sporting News, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times
and Boston Globe.
has received countless national and local awards for
his community service and achievements. Several of the
more noteworthy honors include being selected by the
U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce as one of the nation's
ten outstanding Young Americans; the Alexander Graham
Bell Association's "National Role-Model-of-the-Year"
and Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award for
outstanding community service and Tony Conigliaro Award
for overcoming adversity through the attributes of spirit,
courage and determination.