DeafDigest Sports – – May 22-27, 2020

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Hot DeafSports News at:

— random deafsports thoughts

— big Gallaudet announcement

— honoring Julius Barnathan

— elite deaf volleyball player

— Gallaudet vs Fanwood football game

— Tennessee and Texas sports

— Gallaudet hall of fame deadline coming up soon

— deaf son of past NHL deaf hockey player


Gallaudet swimming

Gallaudet swimming head coach Larry Curran steps down

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University men’s and women’s swimming and diving
head coach Larry Curran has stepped down from his post as announced today
by Athletic Director Victor Mansure.

Curran, who has been with the GU swimming program for the last nine
seasons, served as the head coach for the last eight seasons. He served as
an assistant coach during the 2011-12 season.

In eight seasons, Curran led teams have won two North Eastern Athletic
Conference (NEAC) men’s championship (2013-14, 2019-20) and the men’s and
women’s programs have earned 121 All-NEAC honors.

“The Gallaudet Athletics Department and our men’s and women’s swimming and
diving program is forever grateful to Coach Larry for his outstanding
leadership and service,” said Mansure. “His honesty, passion and work
ethic are truly inspiring. We are very appreciative of how Coach Larry
constantly empowered the student-athletes and coaching staff, established
building blocks for us to continue his legacy in promoting inclusion,
mental health, academic success and competitive performance. Coach Larry
will be missed!”

full story at:


Tennessee sports

part of newspaper story

Schools where more than half of athletes participate in multiple sports:

B. T. Washington High School

Harding Academy

Jackson Christian School

Nashville Christian School

Tennessee School for the Deaf

Tipton-Rosemark Academy


Texas sports

part of newspaper story

Ashley Harlicker, track/softball, Texas School for the Deaf

“A memory that stands out for me was on the last day I had a track meet
and a softball game as a high school athlete. I first traveled to Lago
Vista where I won first place in the 800 and then I traveled back to
Austin for our softball game against Hill Country Christian.

Even though the game had started, the coach put me in right away to bat
and then play second base. We played real well and won the game handily.
We sat around after the game taking pictures, knowing that this could be
our last game. lt ended up being our last game. We ended on a winning note
and we are able to look at the pictures for memories, especially for us

It was sad because it ended my spring sports season so quickly. I had so
many goals for myself and school, and poof, the season and school was
finished. My class had accomplished more than any class at TSD and we
wanted more.″


deaf school football team playing at a major league
ball park

The 1894 football game between Gallaudet and
New York School for the Deaf (Fanwood) took place
at the Polo Grounds. This stadium was the home field
of the New York Giants baseball team (now San
Francisco Giants).

Gallaudet won the game, 20-6. The Gallaudet huddle
originated in that season for that reason – football
games with Fanwood and also Pennsylvania School for
the Deaf. They would know Gallaudet’s ASL plays.

At that time Fanwood was located in New York City,
just within a walking distance of the Polo Grounds.


elite deaf volleyball player

part of newspaper story

Brazilian volleyball player Natália Martins has become an ambassador for
Swiss hearing solutions company Sonova Holding AG.

The 35-year-old has had profound hearing loss since childhood.

She is the first Brazilian volleyball player with hearing loss to play at
professional level and to make it into her country’s national team.

Having played successfully for a number of leading Brazilian clubs,
Martins decided to join Dinamo Bucureşti in Romania last year.

admittedly DeafDigest Sports editor never heard of her until
her story surfaced in the newspaper.


college deaf hockey player

Johnny Kyte


University of Southern Maine (NCAA-III

he is the son of retired deaf NHL player Jim Kyte

he played 25 games as defenseman; purely playing
defense, his offensive stats is nil


honoring Julius Barnathan

who is Julius Barnathan, who was not deaf?

Was he involved in sports? In a way, yes, as
our hero.

He was a TV engineer with the ABC. It was up to
him to allow or to disallow captions on his TV
network. A long story, but Barnathan agreed to
have his ABC programs captioned, sports included.

His decision forced reluctant NBC and stubborn
CBS to caption their programs, even if both
networks hated captions!

Full story at:

Thank you very much, Julius.


random deafsports thoughts

Larry Curran has stepped down as Gallaudet swimming coach
(above story).

For one past female swimmer, he was the role model.

Taylor Mickelson had a very strong interest in piloting
airplanes. Larry was a retired airforce pilot before
he got into the coaching profession. Taylor asked him
questions about piloting airplanes, surprising Larry.


Gallaudet hall of fame

Nomination deadline extended for Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of
Fame until May 29

WASHINGTON – The nomination deadline for the next Gallaudet University
Athletics Hall of Fame class has been extended until Friday, May 29, 2020.
If you haven’t had a chance to nominate a deserving former
student-athlete, coach or honorary member you still have time to complete
your nomination form (see below) and e-mail it to

If you are interested in nominating someone please review the guidelines

before you complete the form at:

It is important to fill out the form completely and include supporting
documents such as old newspaper clippings, statistics and/or old photos to
help the selection committee with their decision. Letters of
recommendation will also be acceptable to submit.

If you have a question or comment about the GU Athletics Hall of Fame
please send your e-mail to halloffame@gallaudet.edu.




Order a copy of the new Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball History Book

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men’s basketball program is excited
to announce online ordering information for those fans, alumni, etc.,
interested in purchasing a copy of the Gallaudet University Men’s
Basketball History Book (1904-2019) written by Gallaudet Athletics Hall of
Famer Barry Strassler.

The book made its debut back on February 15, 2020, at the annual Alumni
Madness Day. The Bison men’s basketball program held a reunion that
evening where Strassler signed copies of the book.

For those not in attendance, you can now purchase your own copy for $35
apiece and $8 for shipping. Please allow two weeks to receive the book.
Purchase here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/LQ60XQ?vid=73t7e

If you have any questions, please contact Gallaudet men’s basketball head
coach Kevin Kovacs at kevin.kovacs@gallaudet.edu.

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