2019/04/02

DeafDigest Sports – April 2, 2019

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— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf athlete

— elite deaf athlete, a free agent

— Hoy tournament

— old newspaper story

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Hoy tournament

from a tweet

We are excited to host the 19th Annual Hoy Baseball & Softball
Tournament in Frederick on April 26 & 27! For more information,
visit http://msdathletics.com/hoy2019/

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college deaf athlete

Lauren Holdsworth

sophomore

women’s softball

University of Akron (NCAA-I)

played last season at Eastern Michigan University
but when this sport was dropped as a varsity program
despite a bitter lawsuit, she transferred to Akron

played 9 of her team’s 26 games, starting three times

hitting .077 (1 hit in 13 at bats)

injury ended her season last year and possibly she
was injured again this season

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elite deaf athlete, a free agent

from a Seattle Seahawks newsletter

Here are three free agent fullbacks Seattle could look to bring in next
season to give them some veteran experience on the offense and on the
special teams

Derrick Coleman
Coleman played with the Seahawks from 2012-2015 after going undrafted out
of UCLA. He is known primarily as the first legally deaf offensive player
in the NFL, but he also carved out a very nice role as a run blocker,
special teamer and occasional threat in the passing game – hauling in all
11 targets for 91 yards and two touchdowns in his time with the Seahawks.

He spent 2017 with the Falcons and last season with the Cardinals, filling
a similar role.

Coleman would be a familiar face for Seattle fans, and would provide a
well-rounded skill set that plays into Seattle’s offense and special teams
needs.

note:
Coleman is playing in a position that is almost extinct in NFL –
fullback.

If he signs with any team for this coming season, it will be because of
his great special teams work.

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random deafsports thoughts

Are deaf athletes that play on hearing college teams
considered to be happy athletes?

DeafDigest Sports thinks many of them are unhappy –
for these reasons – rarely playing, being ignored in
college social life, and pressures of keeping up with
academics in the classroom.

This is just a guess – and maybe DeafDigest Sports
is wrong!

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old newspaper story

a reprint in Los Angeles times

Deaf Basketball Player : Hofsta’s Willie Brown Has Plenty of Heart

illie Brown moved smoothly to the hoop and jammed home two points for
Hofstra University.

A few minutes later, he tried the same maneuver. But this time, the ball
was stripped away by an opposing player from North Carolina Charlotte.

Brown didn’t know he was being pursued. He couldn’t hear the squeak of
basketball shoes or the breathing of the defender. Willie Brown is deaf.

“That’s the weakest part of my game,” Brown, a 6-foot-8 freshman from
Macon, Ga., said through a sign-language translator after the 77-70
victory over UNC-Charlotte. “Because I’m deaf, I can’t hear a player
following me.”

note:

He transferred to Georgia State after playing two seasons at Hofstra

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