Jason Benetti is known as the announcer for the White Sox, but what you may not know is that he also has cerebral palsy. CBS Sunday Morning shared his story.
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He doesn’t remember doing this, but as a child, he wanted to be the announcer for the White Sox and wrote about it in an essay. After a law degree and a few years announcing for other sports, he joined the White Sox in 2016. His co-announcer, Steve Stone, says that Jason overcame his disability through sheer force of will.
Jason was born premature and nearly died, but he recovered. However, he ended up with cerebral palsy. It took years of physical therapy and surgeries to get him to the point where he is today.
Yet even after attaining such a position, he still gets stares sometimes for the way that he moves. He says that his gait feels normal to him even though it looks odd and he has no trouble getting to where he wants to go.
He got his first taste of announcing after he tried to join the marching band to play the tuba. After quickly figuring out that wasn’t the safest thing to do, he was given a microphone to help the band rehearse.
He also shared some of his story with the Cerebral Palsy Foundation for their “Awkward Moments” videos. You can find the video in the CBS Morning link above.