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Boxford teen runs American Sign Language sports clinics

Anthony D’Ambrosio (right) at a baseball camp at Allston’s Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Anthony D’Ambrosio (right) at a baseball camp at Allston’s Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.Colm O’Molloy for The Boston Globe

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At 17, Anthony D’Ambrosio likes to take the initiative.

While watching baseball or hanging out with friends are among his preferred activities, they are not what unlocks an infectious, almost contagious, enthusiasm from the rising senior at Phillips Andover Academy.

But observe the Boxford resident running an American Sign Language (ASL) Sports baseball clinic — part of a program he founded in 2008 as a seventh grader — and the dichotomy of D’Ambrosio’s boundless personality becomes obvious. He carries a composed CEO-like approach in which he constantly remains a step ahead of the day’s itinerary contrasted with an energetic and compassionate individual engrossed in the activities alongside its participants.

Through sports, D’Ambrosio’s organization strives to positively impact the lives of the deaf, hard of hearing and/or others with physical or cognitive disabilities.

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