2020/07/31

DeafDigest Sports – – July 31, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf athlete, trackster

— Fremont sports

— Kansas football

— Pennsylvania sports

— legendary football coach of few deaf players

……………………………

Fremont sports

No Fall sports

Sports postponed until Spring semester.

Football championships to be held in April.

Basketball championships slated in June

Issue will be the logistics of small school students playing on
multiple teams @ the same time (practice, travel, games)!

……………………………..

Kansas football

from a tweet

In 1928 the Kansas School for the Deaf’s football team scored a total of
239 points against two Missouri teams. The KSD Jackrabbits beat St. Paul’s
College 128-0 and the American Legion team of Independence, Missouri
111-0.

note:
a team picture was posted on the tweet. Judging from the looks on players’
faces, their ages must have been 20-21 years old. Overage players are not
allowed nowadays, but it was common in deaf schools years ago.

……………………………….

Gallaudet sports

Gallaudet University is proud to be one of the sponsors of the USA Deaf
Sports Federation (USADSF) Virtual 5K Fundraiser that will run from August
4-18

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2020-21/usadf-5k

……………………………….

Pennsylvania sports

I wanted to let you know that our PA School for the Deaf sports this fall is
cancelled due to pandemics. We are not sure about the winter season.

…………………………….

college deaf athlete

Hannah Ballowe

rising junior

women’s track and cross country

Virginia Tech

her track season was wiped out due to the pandemic

she, however, participated in indoor track

2020 Indoor: Clocked a time of 2:13.46 to finish seventh in the 800 meters
at the ACC Indoor Championships … Placed third in the 800-meter run with a
time of 2:11.44 … Ran the mile at the Iowa State Classic and finished
with a time 4:55.79 … also ran as a member of the 4×400 relay team at the
Iowa State Classic that finished with a time of 3:58.05 … Finished 2nd in
the 800-meter run at the Doc Hale Virginia Tech Invitational with a time
of 2:11.51.

…………………………

legendary coach Tom Coughlin

there was a story today that legendary football coach
Tom Coughlin was hurt badly while riding a bicycle.

He has won Super Bowl championships.

He began his coaching career as a young man with the
RIT club football team, having coached a few deaf
NTID football players.

He only coached for a short time at RIT before moving
up the coaching ladder.

………………………..

random deafsports thoughts

Why cannot DeafDigest Sports post up the picture of the
1928 Kansas School for the Deaf team picture in this
edition.

Copyright issues can get quite ugly and DeafDigest Sports
editor wishes to stay out of it. Must ask permission
first and some responses from owners of these pictures
can get nasty!

Pictures taken by coaches, fans and athletic directors
can be posted because it is their permission to have
these posted.

………………………

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

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.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/07/30

DeafDigest Sports – – July 29-30, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— repeat honor for a Gallaudet hall of famer

— random deafsports thoughts, all-time Deaf Basketball Dream Team

— college deaf athlete, baseball

— Deaf curling

— ESDAA updates

— one of top ADA stories in Colorado

— Indiana football

— University of Delaware golfer

……………………………..

Gallaudet hall of famer

Glenn Anderson, who starred in basketball and
track at Gallaudet during the sixties, is a
hall of famer.

He has returned to Gallaudet for the second
time as chair of the Board of Trustees.

His son, Jamaal, was a NFL first round
draft choice, having played in the league
between 2007 and 2012 with three different
teams.

A picture of a much younger Glenn is at:
https://deafdigest.com/bisons-no-more/

He stands on the right side of the picture.

He was the leading scorer with the Gallaudet
basketball team one season, making most of
his points from the paint.

After his Gallaudet days, he played and
coached AAAD basketball for a number of
years.

……………………………

ESDAA updates

As of now, the ESDAA fall sport tournaments have been cancelled
(both soccer tournaments hosted by ASD and RSD and volleyball
tourney hosted by PSD)

Winter sports are still on but that may change.

These schools are not having fall sports:
Lexington
MPS
ASD

there may be others but DeafDigest Sports editor
is waiting for official announcements from these
affected schools

………………………………

Indiana football

part of newspaper story

Marion County high school fall contact sports are on for now, but will be
under further review by the Marion County health department.

A plan put forth by Marion County health director Virginia Caine to push
back football, soccer and volleyball, potentially to Oct. 1, was discussed
with school leaders on Wednesday, but ultimately — at least temporarily —
shelved.

It appeared contact sports in Marion County could be in peril. But after a
video conference with Marion County superintendents, the plans changed, at
least for now. Caine agreed to allow all sports to continue “under current
IHSAA guidelines” for two or three weeks before deciding whether further
action will be needed.

note:
Indiana School for the Deaf is on the list of Marion County teams that
field football programs.

……………………………..

Deaf Curling

New Funding To Help Canada’s Deaf Curlers Further Hone Their Skills

part of newspaper story

t is now more affordable for Canada’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Curlers to
access training this season at the Cargill Curling Training Centre (CCTC)
in Morris.

Thanks to generous sponsor support, an additional $15,000 is being made
available to players and teams.

“We’ve decided that we want that money to directly benefit those who
actually want to improve their skills at curling,” explained coach and
centre co-operator, Chris Hamblin, who hopes this extra support will bring
more curlers through the centre doors. “So we’re using that money to
welcome curlers to the venue to practice.”

note:

There is a USA deaf national curling team but these participants pay
out of their pockets to participate. Things are a bit easier in
Canada.

………………………….

University of Delaware golfer

Aashaka Desai earns Colonial Athletic Association John Randolph
Inspiration Award

part of posting

Aashaka Desai, a recent University of Delaware graduate and four-year
member of the Blue Hen women’s golf team, earned the prestigious Colonial
Athletic Association John Randolph Inspiration Award on Monday, July 20.

Desai, who is deaf, graduated from UD in May.

Sshe competed in eight tournaments for the Blue Hens during her career and
captained the team as a senior.

…………………………….

college deaf athlete

Rob Bibisi

rising junior

baseball

Utica College (NY – NCAA-III)

listed on the roster as freshman and sophomore
but no stats for these two seasons

Apparently the coach would not use him at all
during these two seasons!

………………………..

one of top ADA stories in Colorado

part of newspaper posting

COLORADO RUSH SOCCER CLUB: Earlier this year, the Office entered into a
settlement agreement with Colorado Rush Soccer Club to require the youth
soccer organization to provide auxiliary aids and services for individuals
who are deaf or hard of hearing. The club also paid nearly $6,000 to the
family of a player who is deaf and alleged that Colorado Rush violated the
ADA when it did not provide these services to the player

note:
Colorado Rush is sort of a minor league team within the US Soccer
League system

…………………………

random deafsports thoughts

Is there such a thing as an all-time Deaf Dream
basketball team that consists of players that
have played professionally or on NCAA-I levels
or high school players that achieved national
(hearing) honors or having played international
ball against hearing teams.

For the fun of it, DeafDigest Sports editor
has already compiled this Dream Team. This
work is evolving. When time is right, this
list will be posted in DeafDigest Sports.

After that, it will be all-time Dream
Football Team consisting of deaf that played
on pro football on all levels. And then
all-time Dream Women’s basketball team.

If you have suggestions or nominations, just
email barry@deafdigest.com

………………………

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

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.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/07/28

DeafDigest Sports – – July 26-28, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf athlete, baseball

— past participant in American Gladiators

— national team for hearing impaired?

— moving the gazebo

— Louisiana announcement

……………………………..

Illinois football

moving the gazebo

part of newspaper story

Ron Sipek Gazebo at Illinois School for the Deaf. The gazebo — named for
Sipek, who was quarterback for the school’s 9-0 team in 1969 — has been
moved to the Jacksonville Community Center for the Deaf.

A sign on the gazebo reads, “Ron Sipek’s Dream Comes True: ‘… Pah’.” “Pah”
is an American Sign Language idiom that means “finally” or “success at
last.”

note:

The late Ron Sipek was the son of former deaf major league baseball
player Dick Sipek.

…………………………….

Louisiana announcement

Due to the high risks of Covid-19, LSD has decided that they
will not field football and volleyball teams for this fall
season.

……………………………..

American Gladiators

Siren

Real Name: Shelley Beattie
Years Active: 1992-1996

Siren’s part on the show was incredibly important, showing the world that
having a disability shouldn’t slow you down. Shelley Beattie became deaf
at the age of three after she accidentally ate aspirin, thinking they were
sweets. With help, Beattie’s hearing improved over the years. As well as
being an accomplished bodybuilder, gymnast, and heptathlete, Beattie was
also a Western Oregon State College graduate.

The star went on to work as a counselor at a group home, helping children
overcome their problems

Note:
Did she play sports at Western Oregon State University.

No. She didn’t want to.

Western Oregon State has had a few deaf athletes but she was not one of them.
This was surprising because she actively participated in sports after
graduation; she was one of the crew members of the all-female America’s
Cup yacht challenger team.

…………………………..

National team for the hearing impaired?

part of newspaper posting

Our staff brought him on the volleyball team, where he thrived and led us
to an eventual CIF state title before he went on to play at Long Beach
State. Ryan is now a member of the USA National Team for the hearing
impaired.

note:

we have never called our national athletic teams as “national team
for the hearing impaired”

it was always national team for the deaf

or

national deaf team

The Ryan mentioned in the story is Ryan Manoogian; transferred to
Long Beach State from a 2-year college. At Long Beach State his
varsity participation was minimal.

His collegiate eligibility has expired.

…………………………..

college deaf athlete

Chase Smartt

senior, eligibility expired

Troy (Alabama, NCAA-I)

baseball

hit .343 in his final season of play

it was his best season

played 55 of his team’s 57 games (2019 season)

74 hits in 216 at bats

showed power, one of team leaders in RBI with six homers

was drafted by Atlanta Braves after his senior season in
high school but chose to go to Troy

went undrafted after his senior season at Troy and is out
of baseball

…………………………

random deafsports thoughts

To sign with Atlanta Braves and forego college

or go to college and risk not getting drafted again

that was Smartt’s dilemma (see above story)

………………………

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

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.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/07/25

DeafDigest Sports – – July 24-25, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf athlete, softball

— deaf swimmer from Argentina

— Rupp’s deaf player

— announcements from Florida & Tennessee & Texas

— hearing Olympics gold medalist was deaf

— West Virginia football

— elite deaf athlete, rugby

……………………………..

Florida boys’ basketball

Dear Mason-Dixon Member Schools:

I hope this email finds you well. As you know, there has been a lot of
discussion across the country pertaining to athletics, and how the
student-athletes and coaches can have the confidence of remaining safe
during this COVID pandemic.

With that being said, an unfortunate decision has been made to “un-host”
the 69th Annual Boys Mason Dixon Basketball Tournament /Cheer Competition
at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (January 2021). Nor will
FSDB be allowed to travel out-of-State to attend any other tournament or
competition.

Again, I/we apologize for any inconvenience during these unprecedented
times, and hopefully things will improve sooner rather than later.

Respectfully,

Donna Johnson
Assistant Principal-Athletics & Physical Education
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind

………………………………

Tennessee sports

part of newspaper story

TSD CANCELS FALL SPORTS: Tennessee School for the Deaf will not play
football or volleyball this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, Interim
Athletic Director Rene Skelton said Thursday.

“TSD decided that in an effort to ensure the safety of our students that
we will not have fall sports,” said Skelton via email.

“We are canceling volleyball as well. Right now we are planning to
continue with our winter sports. Let’s hope that something happens between
now and then to get a handle on COVID-19!

“We will not have cross country this year, but it is due to lack of
interest, not COVID-19 related.”

Jordan Cooper, TSD’s head football coach, said: “I’m honestly heartbroken
for the seniors who will miss their last year of football. We were
supposed to have seven seniors and I honestly believe that last year’s
team had finally turned the corner and 2020 was supposed to be our year.”

……………………………..

Texas sports

Per TAPPS, we will start our first fall sports practice on Sept. 8th.

……………………………

Texas girls’ basketball

part of newspaper story

Adlee Blacklock isn’t an unfamiliar name when it comes to basketball in
west Texas.

The Trinity Christian standout already has two TAPPS Class 4A state
championships to her name, passed 1,000 career points and was the 2019
Lone Star Varsity girls basketball preseason player of the year.

Blacklock made an oral commitment to Oregon State.

In the state-championship game Feb. 28 against Austin Texas School for the
Deaf, she scored 17 points in a 50-25 win.

……………………………

West Virginia football

part of newspaper story

The history of Piedmont High School football

In a grand total of 15 seasons of play, Piedmont accumulated an overall
record of 22-58-4

One win was over West Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind

In Piedmont’s successful 1937 season, the Blue and Gold opened with a
tough 7-0 loss to West Virginia Deaf,

……………………………

deaf swimmer with his built-in backyard swimming pool

Sebastián Galleguillo, a member of the national deaf Argentinian
swimming team, wanted to practice swimming daily. He was not
able to do so because of closed pools during the Pandemic.

He decided to take matters into his hands, building a
backyard swimming pool. He is now swimming in that pool
on a daily basis, hoping the Deaflympics come back again.

………………………..

hearing Olympics gold medalist was deaf

Paris hosts 1900 Olympics, even though many didn’t know it

part of newspaper posting

Still, the second edition of the Olympics had something the first didn’t:
female athletes.

Charlotte Cooper of Britain is believed to be the first female champion,
winning the tennis tournament at Cercle de Puteaux in western Paris — on
the other side of the Bois de Boulogne from present-day Roland Garros. She
defeated Helene Prevost of France 6-4, 6-2 to win the title.

Cooper’s victory wasn’t exactly a surprise, even though the Olympic
tournament was played on clay. She was already a three-time Wimbledon
champion on grass and played in eight straight finals at the oldest of the
Grand Slam tournaments. She went on to win two more titles at the All
England Club over the next eight years.

And according to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Cooper won her
Olympic title despite being completely deaf.

“In a sport where the sound of a ball coming off the strings (is) such an
integral part of playing, Cooper captured all but one of her (Wimbledon)
titles without the benefit of sound, paramount in recognizing the pace of
an opponent shot,” the Hall of Fame says on its website.

…………………………..

Kentucky’s deaf player

there was a newspaper headline that said:

African-American and Africana Studies faculty ask UK to
change Rupp Arena name

Did Adolph Rupp have a deaf player playing for him?

Yes.

It was Houston Nutt that played for him one season in the
early fifties.

Nutt was very hard of hearing, from a deaf family in
Arkansas and was able to easily switch between hearing
and deaf people every day in life!

Anyway Nutt transfered to Oklahoma State.

While he played few games on the NCAA-I level, he was
never a starter either with Kentucky or at Oklahoma
State.

Nutt was a long time coach and athletic director at
Arkansas School for the Deaf, coaching the basketball
and football teams.

………………………..

elite deaf athlete, rugby

England Sevens player Jodie Ounsley to join Sale
and miss Olympics after RFU contract expires

part of newspaper story

Telegraph Sport revealed on Thursday that both women’s and men’s England
sevens players had been told to find jobs

England Sevens star Jodie Ounsley has joined Premier 15s side Sale Sharks
after her contract with the cash-strapped RFU expired.

The move to playing the longer format of the game appears to close the
door on the 19-year-old’s Olympic ambitions at a time when Great Britain
sevens players are facing uncertainty over whether they will be able to
adequately prepare for next year’s Games.

Ounsley, who was born profoundly deaf, was seen as one of England sevens
brightest rising stars having made her World Series debut in
Glendale, Colorado last October

…………………………

college deaf athlete

Haley Padilla

rising senior

softball

Texas Lutheran (NCAA-III)

hit .406 (13 hits in 32 at bats) in 15 games
before rest of season was cancelled

A power hitter, over half of her hits were
for extra bases

…………………………

random deafsports thoughts

We had a deaf gold medalist in the hearing Olympics.
See above story.

How many people knew about it? DeafDigest Sports
editor never knew about it, even though from time
to time there have been postings and lists of
deaf athletes (and medalists) in Hearing Olympics.

Did she take part in Deaflympics?

No. The first deaf Deaflympics took part in 1924, and
by that time Cooper either didn’t know about it or
was too old to continue playing tennis or knew about
it but didn’t want to participate.

………………………

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

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.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/07/23

DeafDigest Sports – – July 21-23, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts, puzzler about Gallaudet huddle

— a dedication

— Fremont announcement

— college deaf athlete, track

— Gallaudet volleyball honors

— Texas football

— gold medal winner

— Dummy Hoy story in a newspaper

……………………………

A dedication

DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition to
Robert Charles Watson, that departed us.

He played two sports at Gallaudet – football
and basketball during the mid sixties.

After graduation he became a long time
coach at Eastern North Carolina School
for the Deaf, once coaching his girls’ team
to 1988 Mason-Dixon Girls Basketball Championship.

At Gallaudet Watson only played 2-3 games as a
smash-mouth defensive end in the 1963 season.
A back injury shelved him for the rest of the
season and he never again played football.

He put in two seasons with the basketball team,
and was a crowd favorite when he got into games
in the dying minutes.

The fans once signed “We want Watson; we want
Watson” and coach Bill Schyman, upon seeing
that chant, immediately put him into the game!

It was the game that Gallaudet routed Coppin
State, 123-64, to make it a 10-win season in
the 1964-65 season.

………………………………

Gallaudet volleyball honors

Gallaudet women’s volleyball earns 12th AVCA Team Academic Award

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Gallaudet University’s women’s volleyball program earned a 12th
American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award as announced
by the coaches association today. GU is one of 231 NCAA Division III women’s
team recipients for the 2019-20 season.

Gallaudet earns its second straight AVCA Team Academic Award after it rattled
off 10 consecutive years from 2006-07 until 2015-16. New this year is the
addition of the AVCA Team Academic Honor Roll recognizing the top team GPAs in
each classification. Gallaudet was recognized as one of the top 49 Division III
teams with a team GPA of 3.69 during the 2019-20 academic year.

GU is one of four North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) programs to earn this
AVCA honor for the 2019-20 season.

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/wvball/2020-21/releases/academicaward

note:
DeafDigest Sports is always thrilled when Gallaudet athletes earn academic
honors, on top of their athletic skills.

………………………………

Fremont sports

Postponement of Fall Sports in California

I wanted to let you know of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF)’s
decision today that we will be postponing all sports until December 2020/January
2021.  The news can be found on this link and the CIF’s Championship dates is
attached https://cifstate.org/covid-19/7.20.20_release

Basically the good news is that all sports will remain this school year as the
CIF does not want to cancel anything like we did last spring!  The bad news is
that we will need to figure out how to squeeze all three fall, winter, and
spring seasons in six months or experience overlaps which is going to be
difficult for small schools like us.  The information I gave you is only the CIF
Championship Dates so this is only the beginning of many news as all sections,
conferences, and leagues will have their own start dates.

The leagues that we are affiliated with such as the Northern Coast Section
(NCS), Bay Area Conference (BAC), Bay Counties League (BCL), and North Central
League (NCL) will be meeting several times this and next week as we try
to figure out how to merge everything.  After that, I will update you around the
beginning of August and provide a new schedule as they become available.

Warren Keller

note: Keller will be leaving his position as Fremont athletic director
at the end of this month to take a new position in Arizona.

This message also applies to sister school – California School
for the Deaf at Riverside, which competes in the southern
California region.

…………………………..

Texas football

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas will delay the start of the public high school
football season for its largest schools by a month as the state grapples
with a recent surge of new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

Instead of starting practice Aug. 3, those schools can now start Sept. 7.
The first games can be played Sept. 24, a month after the originally
scheduled opening weekend.

note:
it is University Interscholastic League. Texas School for the Deaf
is not a member of University Interscholastic League, but is a
member of Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools,
sort of a competing and a rival association.

What does Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools
have to say about it?

No word from TAPPS, just yet.

………………………..

Dummy Hoy story in a newspaper

Hoy overcame all obstacles to star for the Reds

They called him “Dummy,” but William Ellsworth Hoy outsmarted them all.

Anointed with an insulting nickname because he was a deaf-mute, made fun
of because he couldn’t talk, belittled because people resisted giving him
a chance, Hoy grew up in the less-sensitive American 19th century.

Yet through his own skill, cleverness and perseverance, he skirted
obstacles, made believers out of doubters and emerged as a Major League
Baseball star for the Cincinnati Reds and other teams between 1888 and
1902.

full story at:
http://www.tribtown.com/2020/07/23/hoy_overcame_all_obstacles_to_star_for_the_reds/

………………………..

gold medal winner

part of newspaper story

Hsu Le, Taiwan, a Taichung Municipal Shinmin High School student, runs in
the girls’ 100-meter hurdles at the National High School Athletics meet in
Pingtung County on Tuesday. Hsu, who is hard of hearing, won a gold medal
in the event with a time of 13.70 seconds.

…………………………

college deaf athlete, track

Gareth Ashton, fr, men’s track

was bound for University of Texas men’s track team as
a walk-on freshman – but transferred to Gallaudet.

Unfortunately for him, the Gallaudet track season was
cancelled because of the Pandemic.

…………………………

random deafsports thoughts

there was a posting on an Italian sports web site today
(but translated to English). It said:

THE ORIGINS OF THE HUDDLE
The huddle is very popular in football and we know that people who watch
the game have seen players come together for the huddle. Well, the huddle
was not always part of football, it was actually started in the 1890’s by
quarterback Paul Hubbard.

Hubbard was deaf and he was worried that the players from rival teams
would be able to read his hand signals, so instead he called his teammates
together to break down the play. And from then on players started to do
the huddle.

note:
Well, what college did Paul Hubbard play for?  It does not mention
Gallaudet! He could have been mistaken as a deaf quarterback on a
hearing football team. We’ve had a few such quarterbacks in
college football over the years.

………………………

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

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.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/07/20

DeafDigest Sports – – July 19-20, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf trackster

— announcement of a new athletic director

— Oklahoma announcement

— deaf auto racer wins a race

— no football in one state

— USA Deaf Basketball Hall of Fame, who?

………………………….

New Mexico football

the state of New Mexico will not allow high school
football to be played this coming football season.

This means New Mexico School for the Deaf will not
be playing football.

…………………………..

Oklahoma announcement

With the ongoing concerns and rise in COVID-19 cases the Oklahoma School
for the Deaf Athletics team has made the decision to cancel all Volleyball,
Football and Cheer clinics and competitions for the 2020-2021 fall season.
We are disappointed in having to make this decision, but the health and
safety of our student athletes, coaches, staff and fans is the highest
priority of our programs.

…………………………..

Rochester sports

Anthony Palmer is the new athletic director, replacing
Mary Cook who is retiring.

He is a former Gallaudet QB, who also played football
at Model

the email is this:
Just want to make sure you know about RSD recent announcement. We have a
new AD.

https://www.rsdeaf.org/apps/news/article/1257418

Welcome on baord, Anthony!

………………………..

elite deaf athlete

part of newspaper story

Fast Lane: Deaf driver Brett Wanner wins first 358 feature

In his fourth season racing a 358 sprint car, Brett
Wanner nabbed his first career victory at Lincoln Speedway.

SHOEMAKERSVILLE, Pa. — Quite the inspiration for anyone by surmounting the
obstacles and winning their very first 358 sprint car feature. That’s just
what Brett Wanner and his team did at Lincoln Speedway on Independence
Day.

Wanner celebrates with a wing dance but what’s even more remarkable.
Wanner was born deaf. All but two of his team members are also deaf.

He started racing 15-years-ago with a 250cc sportsman then an ARDC midget
and now, in his fourth year in the 358s.

“When I get strapped in and get in the car, I know there’s goin to be a
lot of challenges I’m going to face because I’m deaf,’ said Wanner. ‘I
can’t hear when a car comes up on the side of me or the cars behind me.
So, I have to use my eyes.

Wanner said, “I want to tell people I’m proud to be deaf and even though I
have barriers, I can over come those barriers and I can do it.”

Brett’s ultimate goal it to, one day, race a 410 sprint car.

………………………….

college deaf athlete

Olivia Thompson

senior

women’s track

University of Texas

never had a chance to take part in outdoor track; she also
skipped indoor track. Is she returning next season or
is done with track?

………………………..

random deafsports thoughts

USA Deaf Basketball Hall of Fame, who?

today’s tweet said:
Found out today that my mom was inducted into the US Deaf Basketball Hall
of Fame Class of 2020. Such a cool honor for her and amazing day for
our family

Who?  The person who posted it did not mention the name of his mother.

the Class of 2020 list of inductees was not posted on the USA Deaf
Basketball web site!

Did some googling and no luck on the identity of that basketball inductee

Who is that player?

…………………………………

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

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.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/07/18

DeafDigest Sports – – July 17-18, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— another Gallaudet announcement, NEAC

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf softball player

— preferred first name

— a Maryland tweet

………………………….

Another Gallaudet announcement

NEAC Presidents’ Council statement regarding fall sports

Given the current state of the pandemic and the most recent NCAA
recommendations, the NEAC Presidents’ Council has unanimously determined
that our eight member institutions will not participate in intercollegiate
athletic competition during the Fall 2020 season. NEAC institutions will
work together in collaboration with the conference office and the NCAA to
seek alternate opportunities to provide a meaningful student-athlete
experience throughout the fall season. A decision regarding winter and
spring competition will be made at a later date.

The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has eight NCAA Division III
member institutions which include: Gallaudet University, Lancaster Bible
College, Morrisville State, Penn College, Penn State Abington, Penn State
Berks, Penn State Harrisburg, and Wells College.

full story at:
https://www.neacsports.com/news/releases/2020-21/NEAC_Fall_2020_Statement

…………………………

Gallaudet sports

part of newspaper story

No sports this fall for North Eastern Athletic Conference schools

The decision was made on a vote Friday morning by the presidents of each
of the conference’s eight schools, which had followed a meeting of
athletic directors Thursday night.

“We have a couple schools in New York and Maryland and four schools in
Pennsylvania,” Lancaster Bible College director of athletics Pete Beers
said. “That’s three different states. And different quarantine rules for
each of those states. So they were having issues with travel. Then
Gallaudet decided they’re not playing this fall. … And one of the
schools didn’t want to lose the academic side by taking in the risk of
bringing in outside competition and comprising that opportunity. So it’s a
hedging of bets. At the end of the day, most people don’t prefer online
learning. So we’ll hedge our bets and we’d rather do face-to-face learning
and not play, than play and risk going back to online learning.”

Beers said the conference is leaving open the possibility of playing its
fall sports slate in the spring.

“Everyone keeps throwing it out there that we’ll kick the can down the
road,” he said. “But spring sports took the hit last year. You want to hit
them again to share facilities? And then you start looking at the
economics of transportation. … It’s a great concept. But it would be
quite a challenge for Lancaster Bible College.”

Beers said he expects the conference to have an answer on the fate of
winter sports by early- to mid-September. Winter sports practices are
slated to begin Oct. 15.

………………………..

Maryland tweet

from a tweet

Today’s senior spotlight is on Anevay Patterson. Anevay plans to play
soccer and basketball at @GallaudetBison

Congratulations, Anevay!

………………………..

preferred first name

part of a long newspaper posting about Dummy Hoy

He himself had no problem with the nickname Dummy, which at that time was
a term used to describe a deaf person, not one of limited intellect. In
fact, when approached by someone who referred to him as William, he
informed them that he went by Dummy.

note:
keep in mind it was a different era, different attitudes and different
times. If it was nowadays, Hoy would have preferred William or Bill
or Billy!

………………………….

college deaf athlete

Cailin Hannon

senior

softball

University of Tennessee

hit .296 in 21 games, starting 18

16 hits in 54 at bats

among the top team leaders in runs batted in

hit one homer

rest of team’s scheduled games were cancelled

will she come back and continue playing as a senior?

Do not know.

………………………..

random deafsports thoughts

with respect to the NEAC announcement (above story),
Gallaudet is a member of three different conferences.

NEAC is all sports (except football and track)

ECFC is football only

CSAC is track only (NEAC sponsors cross country, but not track)

Complicated? Yes, but no, too!

…………………………………

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

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.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/07/16

DeafDigest Sports – – July 11-16, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— a big Gallaudet announcement

— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf basketball player, rising freshman

— athletic director position openings (2)

— deaf basketball referees

— first deaf major leaguer was not Hoy

— finally after 16 years

— state basketball championship team

— flag football player

………………………….

A big Gallaudet announcement

Gallaudet University announces decision on fall sports season

WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University’s six fall sports teams will not
participate in intercollegiate athletics this fall semester. The decision
to cancel intercollegiate athletics competition for fall sports was made
to ensure the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the
community amid the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19
pandemic.

Gallaudet’s six fall sports include men’s and women’s cross country,
football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.

A decision about winter and spring sports competition will be made at a
later date.

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2020-21/fallsports

go to random deafsports thoughts (near the bottom of this edition)
for DeafDigest Sports editor’s comments

………………………..

athletic director position openings (2)

position openings
Athletic Director
Youth Athletics Coordinator
California School for the Deaf
Fremont, CA

for more information on either position, contact
lgonzales@csdf-cde.ca.gov

…………………………

deaf basketball referees

from a tweet

the Arizona Interscholastic Association is discriminating
against deaf basketball referees & their disabilities. This has been an on
going problem for decades. The deaf referees have nowhere to turn because
it takes lots of money to right a wrong in Arizona/America.

note:
DeafDigest Sports editor has known of a few deaf referees
from Arizona. This is an interesting issue.

………………………….

deaf soccer player

from a tweet

he won Best on ground for his local soccer club. So we put him a soccer
academy. The academy then put him into their elite development program. He
has had no modifications to assist him, because none have been available.
He is the first deaf child in the academy.

note:
no modifications to assist him, because none have been available.
This may mean  no interpreters for him during practices and games.

………………………….

first deaf major leaguer was not Hoy

from a posting

First Deaf Pro Baseball Player

Ed “Dummy” Dundon was the first deaf player to play baseball
professionally. He was born on this day (July 10) in 1859. After attending
the Ohio State School for the Deaf, Dundon went on to play several years
of professional baseball. He had two seasons with the Columbus Buckeyes
before retiring and becoming an umpire. During his hitch with the Buckeyes
in 1883 and 1884, Dundon had a record of 9-20 and a 4.25 ERA.

………………………..

Malta indoor track

finally after 16 years

edited from a posting

George Vella, a Deaflympics runner from past, broke the
Maltese deaf record in indoor track 800 meter run.

It has taken Malta Amateur Athletics Association 16
years to accept Vella’s 800 meter indoor time as
an official deaf track record.

Why 16 years? Something to do with recognition. For some
reason Malta Paralympic Committee would not recognize
that record until just now!

………………………

state basketball championship team

from a newspaper header

The year an all-deaf boys basketball team won state

The Omaha team, which had a deaf coach, was undefeated in 1931.

rest of story is paywall; must pay to read

note:
The 1931 Nebraska School for the Deaf was unbeaten all season
in basketball.

Why didn’t the school repeat the championship in 1932?

It was understood that the returning veterans got lazy
and was not as motivated to win as they were in the
previous season!

………………………….

college deaf athlete

rising freshman basketball player

from a short newspaper posting

DEAF SUPERSTAR

SMU recruit Rhyle McKinney of Texas, the country’s No. 96 basketball
senior according to HoopGurlz, is legally deaf and uses hearing aids in
both ears.

note:

ranked #96th best basketball senior in nation?

Meaning she is a potential WNBA draftee when her time comes up?

………………………..

Flag Football

Spencer Mauk
rising junior
Midland University
women’s flag football

Midland University (Nebraska) is NAIA member and
it sponsors women’s flag football as an official
varsity sport.

……………………..

random deafsports thoughts

The Gallaudet decision not to play fall season sports
is disappointing but not a surprise.

DeafDigest Sports editor has been reading stories of
many colleges suspending their fall sports and of
conferences not playing fall season sports.

Even in the Deaf Schools ranks, there have been
word of season and tournament cancellations.

Even pros playing their sports (MLB, NFL, NBA,
NHL, soccer) is a BIG time risk.

The risks are equally there for NCAA-I football
teams if they play this fall season.

Gallaudet has made the right decision even if it
is painful for athletes, students, fans, coaches
and the alumni.

Gallaudet will come back, stronger as ever.

…………………………………

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

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.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/07/10

DeafDigest Sports – – July 5-10, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— the Cousy middle name

— audio on NFL team websites, no captions

— college deaf

— athletic director position openings (2)

— Gallaudet athletes are also scholars

— one of the worst major league defensive players

— all-decade volleyball team

………………………..

athletic director position openings (2)

position openings
Athletic Director
Youth Athletics Coordinator
California School for the Deaf
Fremont, CA

for more information on either position, contact
lgonzales@csdf-cde.ca.gov

…………………………

Gallaudet athletes are also scholars

Gallaudet places 64 student-athletes on the 2019-20 NEAC Scholar-Athlete list

LATHAM, N.Y. – Gallaudet University placed a record 64 student-athletes on
the 2019-20 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Scholar-Athlete list
as announced by the conference. Each student-athlete was required to
accumulate a 3.4 or higher grade point average for the fall and spring
semesters combined.

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2020-21/neac-allacademic

………………………….

audio on NFL team websites, no captions

Many of us root for our NFL teams.

All NFL teams have their own web sites. The
audios (basically interviews with present and
past players and coaches and GM) are not captioned.

ADA violation? Possibly, but do read on.

DeafDigest Sports editor contacted one NFL
team about their non-captioned audios.

The NFL team responded, saying that:

#1 – the team discussed it with the NFL Digital staff

#2 – the team has no control over captions as the
NFL digital group handles it (for all 32 teams)

#3 – the digital group told the team it takes
24-72 hours for captions to appear on a video.

#4 – the NFL team told the digital people that
24-72 hour wait is not acceptable.

#5 – the NFL team looked at its own audios and
learned that these were not captioned at all.

#6 – the NFL team promised to follow this up with
the league. A suggestion was hiring a third party
vendor that provides captions.

note: this is not just for DeafDigest Sports
editor’s wish, but for all of you that love
pro football.

………………………….

the Cousy middle name

Cousy is Bob Cousy, NBA’s #1 point guard
with Boston Celtics during the fifties and
sixties.

Old timers know who he is. Younger fans most
likely never heard of him.

Harvey Goodstein, who played Gallaudet
basketball as the point guard during the
sixties, idolized Bob Cousy even to the
point of adding C to his middle name
(legally or illegally, whatever).

His wife, Astrid shared with DeafDigest
Sports editor this tale:

And I must add a funny story here.  You mentioned that Cousy was Harvey’s
middle name during Gallaudet.    He even added that name to his driver’s
license when young and got away with it.    And for years afterwards, he
was stuck with it. Even when we moved to AZ and he applied for a new
driver’s license at the local MVA, he requested that the middle name be
removed (finally!),  they refused.   Finally several years ago after much
hassle–with proof of his birth certificate, etc.  it was removed.   Our
boys and grandkids do still call him Cousy affectionately whenever they
play basketball.

note:
Do keep in mind that the late John Perry idolized Larry Bird,
again with Boston Celtics, that he added Bird as his
middle name (legally or illegally, whatever)

………………………….

one of the worst major league defensive players

part of a posting

Worst MLB Defensive Players of All Time

Pete Browning

He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1882 to 1894. He played
primarily for the Louisville Eclipse/Colonels, becoming one of the sport’s
most accomplished batters of the 1880s.

Playing in spite of serious medical afflictions which rendered him
virtually deaf and subjected him to massive headaches

Browning made 414 errors in 13 seasons

note:
baseball historians have said Browning was by far a much better
hitter than Hoy.

Hoy was deaf all his life and went to Ohio School for the Deaf.

Browning became late-deafened in life, and for that reason
the Deaf Community does not “count” him as deaf!

…………………………

all decade volleyball team

part of newspaper posting

ordan Kohl, San Angelo Central, Class of 2014

Kohl was a record-setting 6-foot-3 outside hitter. She was the 2013
All-West Texas MVP and a TGCA all-state selection. In addition to 76.5
blocks, the Texas State signee established a new single-season program
record with 505 kills while leading Central to a second straight 30-win
season and back-to-back bidistrict titles. The southpaw was the District
2-5A Outstanding Hitter of the Year. In 2016, she played in the World Deaf
Volleyball Championships in Washington, D.C.

note:
she played two seasons at Texas State and was one of the team’s core
players. She did not play since then. Do not know why?

………………………….

college deaf athlete

Missy Sadler

senior

softball

St. Thomas Aquinas (NY, NCAA-II)

while she was on the team roster, according to the team web site
she has not appeared in any of the team’s 10 games before Covid-19
cancelled the season

Was she injured or was it coaches’ decision not to use her or
did she leave college or did she quit the team?

……………………..

random deafsports thoughts

Dummy Hoy made his major league debut in 1888.

Pete Browning (see story above) made his major
league debut in 1882.

Did they face each other in a major league game?

This is a task for baseball historians to do research
on.

Hoy did face deaf pitcher Dummy Taylor in one game.

Both Hoy and Taylor were accepted as part of the
Deaf Community.

…………………………………

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

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.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be

2020/07/04

DeafDigest Sports – – July 4, 2020

barry@deafdigest.com
for options, click on the above deafnews tab

Hot DeafSports News at:
http://deafdigestsports.com/

— random deafsports thoughts

— elite deaf wrestler

— college deaf baseball & basketball player

— Gallaudet volleyball news

— remembering a deaf land speed driver

— a past deaf football player at NYU

— a Big 6 athletic director departs us

………………………..

A past deaf football player at NYU

DeafDigest Sports dedicates this edition to
Martin Leff, that departed us.

As a much younger man he was a member of the
NYU football team (during the early 1950’s)

Football at NYU?

Yes, until NYU dropped this sport in 1952; at that
time the university was on NCAA-I level, playing
an independent schedule.

It is not known of Leff’s football stats, if any,
at NYU but he was a member of the team during his
time.

…………………………

Gallaudet volleyball

women’s volleyball partners with Transformative
Deaf Education to raise funds and make an impact

WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University women’s volleyball program has
partnered with Transformative Deaf Education (TDE) to make an impact on
Deaf Education.

The Bison women’s volleyball team held a team zoom meeting with current
and former Black members of the program to discuss Black Lives Matter. The
group discussed what is happening in society and on campus and how they,
as a team, could play an active role to support change. The team decided
they wanted to support an organization that would have long-standing
impact.

Enter TDE.

The mission of TDE is to promote the transformative pedagogy in Deaf
Education and deaf programs from birth to high school.

Gallaudet’s women’s volleyball team believes that education for the Deaf
youth is the answer to their long-term commitment for change. The
student-athletes raised nearly $500 out of their own pockets and that
amount was matched by the volleyball program’s budget to donate nearly
$1,000 to TDE

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/wvball/2019-20/releases/tdedonations

………………………..

a Big 6 athletic director departs us

I have to, with a very heavy heart, let you, student-athletes, coaches,
colleagues, friends, and the community know that I will be accepting a new
job and moving to
Sequoia Deaf School (SDS) in Mesa, Arizona as a school Superintendent this
fall.

This was the most difficult decision that I have ever made in my life and
that is a testament to how great of a place Fremont is.  I feel like that
at this point in
my career, I am ready to bring my energy, experience, and positive outlook
on things towards leading a school.  Sequoia is a small school of 55
students and 20
staff but a unique one. If you remember, it was where I first started 10
years ago as a PE Teacher and I then started the Athletics Program and
coordinated it.  It
is also part of a charter school system on the same campus where my new
students can mainstream or play sports if they would like.  I will be
posting a similar
video to this text on my social media about my devoted love for CSD and
you can follow the things that we do there at Sequoia by following the
school’s social media
pages.

CSD, there is only one word that I can use to describe this place:
“magical.” This is the place where a child can do everything and really
thrive.  Please
understand and believe me because I have moved so many times, visited 50
Deaf Schools worldwide and experienced a lot of different school settings
that you can
imagine growing up.  When I came to Fremont, it was an unbelievable
feeling.  I felt like this was a PhD in Deaf Education in itself.  You all
will keep going on
strong and I will continue to carry everything that I have learned from
CSD with me in the future to keep raising the bar for Deaf Education
everywhere.

Football Team, I wanted to thank all of you former players for bearing
with me and going through the grind.  The time we had together was simply
unbelievable and we
can proudly say that the level that we have reached is of something that
nobody ever thought a Deaf sport team would ever reach.  I have no doubt
that you will
easily continue that this upcoming season.  All of your Assistant Coaches
are still there and the great, oldest football program is still there.
This is an awful
way to have closure because I need to be able to see you all in person but
this will have to do for now.  I will most certainly come to one of your
games and see
you in person.  Go all the way!

To the rest of the Student-Athletes, this job at CSD is something that I
can’t say I have left in better condition than when I started because this
program has
always and will always be good.  Your next Athletic Director will be
fabulous and I will be here supporting the next AD and the Head Football
Coach to make sure you
all get started the right way after the CIF finalizes our plan.  I must,
however, tell you what I have told my football team, after and when CSD
does reopen, there
will be two groups of athletes at CSD and everywhere else.  The first
group will miss sports so much and return better than ever and cherish
every moment.  The
second will be those who just play for fun or do not take sports
seriously, they might move on and find other hobbies or when they do go
ahead and play, they will
be very rusty and could get hurt.  This is what I fear the most for Deaf
Sports all over America.  Every one of us Deaf schools are already very
small schools in
general compared to the hearing world and we really need each other’s
collective support and to be prepared for the upcoming seasons when sports
are up and running
again.  Deaf schools sports will always be here but we especially need you
to have a good start to keep this running.  So, please get busy now,
contact your
teammates and get the conversation started and keep joining our summer
workouts, drills, and meetings.

Finally my coaches, department, and direct supervisors that I have had
over the years, you have been the biggest influence on me.  Thank you for
bringing a lot of
energy, expectations, and excitement to our school.  That has
singlehandedly been the biggest factor in my personal and professional
growth.  You know who you are,
I have learned a lot from every one of you, and I will cherish every
single moment we had.

Once again, and always… GO EAGLES!

Sincerely,

Warren Keller

……………………….

remembering a deaf land speed driver

part of a posting

Jessi Combs will always be remembered for her grit and ambition. Her
dream was to be “The World’s Fastest Woman.” According to Guinness World
Records, she now holds that title just over 10 months after her death in
the rocket car that propelled her to that record on August 27, 2019.
Combs, 39, was killed in the dry lake bed of the Alvord Desert when her
jet car, the North American Eagle – essentially a 1957 Lockheed F-104A-10
Starfighter military fighter jet on wheels – had a mechanical failure
during the return pass of the record attempt. Prior to the crash, she
achieved a combined speed of 522.783 miles per hour, enough to surpass the
record of 512.710 mph set by deaf stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil at the same
Southeastern Oregon dry lake bed in the jet-powered, three-wheeled SMI
Motivator in 1976.

………………………

college deaf athlete

Alex Dupre
rising freshman

LSU Eunice

will play baseball and basketball

……………………..

elite deaf wrestler

Alexandros Papadatos

Greece

national wrestling champion, Greco-Roman

his web site has not been updated since 2018. Is he
still wrestling or has he retired from wrestling?

………………………

random deafsports thoughts

Fremont athletic director Warren Keller moves on to the
Sequoia Deaf School in Mesa, Arizona.

Will he start up an athletic program at the school?

Hope so.

As far as DeafDigest Sports editor would recall, only
two deaf schools in Arizona fielded sports teams
(Phoenix and Tucson)

…………………………………

http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………………………………….

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.

a vlog is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQFMZ-d7dvc&feature=youtu.be