The New York Mets hosted their first ever Muslim-American Day at their home stadium, Citi Field.

The New York Mets vs. Florida Marlins baseball game began with a pre-game ceremony where over 800 Muslims were escorted onto the field and received a free T-shirt and halal meal courtesy of the NY Mets. This was the first time in the history of Citi Field that halal food was served, prayer space was provided for prayer in congregation and the azaan, the Islamic call to prayer, was announced.

Organized by the South Asian Sports Network, this event was geared towards making young Muslim-Americans feel safe and comfortable with their hyphenated-identity.

Ammad Sheikh, founder of South Asian Sports Network, hoped to promote inclusion in the community as Muslim children are three times more likely to be bullied in school than others. Sheikh’s goal was to show the community that Muslims are just “the average joe” with the same likes and dislikes.

Successful events such as NY Mets’ first Muslim-American Night is one step closer to developing a society where not just Muslim children, but all children feel safe and are comfortable with who they are.

 

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