Local professional soccer team supported with sign language  

July 14, 2015
The cheering squad shows their 
support in sign language.

Saitama-shi, Saitama:

The local professional soccer team "J2 Omiya Ardija" had a game against the opposing team "FAJIANO Okayama" at NACK5 Stadium Omiya in Saitama-shi next to Tokyo on July 12.

An event by sign language was organized for the purpose of supporting Ardija regardless of any kinds of hearing impairment. The sign language cheering squad organizing committee does it every year as "Sign Language Support Day," which was the 7th time this year.

About 1,900 people, the largest number ever, occupied one corner of the stands as a sign language cheering squad. They put on an orange-colored T-shirt for the special day, and sang a campaign song titled "We love you, We're ORANGE," in sign language to show their support of Ardija. Deaf supporters appeared in a cheering place, too.

Japanese source:

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