2021/07/31

DeafDigest Sports  –-  July 31, 2021

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—- random deafsports thoughts

— football updates

— Gallaudet updates

— quitting the team

— three elite deaf golfers

— Tennessee football

— college deaf athlete

— Paralympics’ reward – $$$$$$$

— Australian swimmer

— volleyball player

— wheelchair basketball player

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Gallaudet volleyball

Gallaudet women’s volleyball earns 13th AVCA Team Academic Award

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/wvball/2021-22/releases/academicaward

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football updates

so far, 14 schedules turned in

so far, 3 schools said they will turn in schedules

so far, 4 schools are not having teams this season

To coaches and athletic directors:
if you have already completed your schedules, please
email barry@deafdigest.com

thanks!

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Gallaudet sports

Gallaudet men’s basketball

Gallaudet men’s basketball earns second NABC Team Academic Excellence Award

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2021-22/releases/nabcacademic

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Gallaudet –  past U of Texas football player

Gallaudet ran this headline:
Gallaudet Appoints Brad Hermes as CFO

Do not know if he is deaf or not, but the story said
he played football at U of Texas.

Player on football scholarship or a walk-in? Again,
do not know.

note:

it was posted in the last edition of DeafDigest
Sports. It was then learned that he is deaf
and was a Rudy with the U of Texas football team.

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Tennessee football

Billy Osborne is head coach

Bryan Bowers  assistant

Dick Henley   assistant

15 boys are expected on first day of practice
on August 9th

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Australian swimmer

part of newspaper story

Meg Harris, who already has a gold medal under her belt as a member of the
relay team, comes from the famed Dean Boxall swim team.

Like Boxall’s star student Titmus, Harris’ family moved to Brisbane to
chase her dream, coming from Mackay in the state’s central-north.

Harris, who was elated to be a part of the team swimming in the relay
final, is hard of hearing and could only marginally hear the Australian
national anthem as it played to celebrate the girls’ achievement.

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volleyball player

part of newspaper story

Olympic vollyeball player David Smith, who is nearly deaf, excels for US
team U.S. men’s volleyball player David Smith was born with 80 to 90 percent
hearing loss, but that hasn’t stopped his pursuit of Olympic gold.

Note:
Last Olympics for him? He is 36 years old, an old man among youthful
volleyball players

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Paralympics’ reward – $$$$$$$

effective with this upcoming Paralympic Games,
American medal winners will get reward money
from USA Olympics Committee

Yes, money talks

But will it help affiliate Deaflympics with
Paralympics?

Politics plays strange games.

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Paralympian quits team

Paralympian not allowed to bring assistant, quits team

Becca Meyers, a medal contender, was told she’d have to navigate Tokyo
without the aid of her personal care assistant, because of COVID-19
restrictions.

note:

She is deaf-blind; Gallaudet tried to recruit her but she
went to a college in Baltimore but did not join the
swimming team, instead chosing to swim in independent
races.

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college deaf athlete

Javonte Harding

Track & Field

North Carolina A&T

freshman

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elite deaf golfer

part of newspaper story

At the Kenya Amateur Golf Championships (KAGC) matchplay
defending champion deaf golfer Isaac Makokha was eliminated
in the qualifying round.

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golfer in Olympics

part of newspaper story

Golfer Diksha Dagar gets late Olympic call, makes plans to get to Tokyo
Diksha qualified after South Africa’s Paula Reto decided to withdraw and
Austria declined to make a reallocation for their golfer Sarah Schob

She is from India and is deaf

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another elite deaf golfer

part of newspaper story

Kevin Hall continues to overcome deafness, adds another APGA win to resume

olf Association (APGA) Tour, earned his fourth victory on Tuesday at the
TPC Deere Run tournament in Illinois.

“The key was to stay calm and focused on one shot at a time,” said Hall
who shot 73-63 in the 36-hole event.

The APGA Tour is a non-profit organization committed to providing
opportunities for Blacks and other minority golfers to excel on the
professional circuit and within the golf industry. In 2016, Hall won the
tour’s season-long Lexus Cup Point Standings Championship and received the
Charlie Sifford Memorial Exemption into the PGA Tour’s 2017 Genesis
Invitational, hosted by Tiger Woods.

He overcame six-stroke deficit to win that APGA event.

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Wheelchair basketball player

part of newspaper story

Lexington teen is a National Wheelchair Basketball champion

A Lexington teen recently won the 2021 National
Wheelchair Basketball Association National Championship with his team
called the Cincinnati Dragons.

What You Need To Know
Kerwin Haake started playing at 13

His team is called the Cincinnati Dragons

They ended the season with a 28-0 record

Kerwin plans to attend University of Arizona in the fall
The Henry Clay graduate plays on a wheelchair basketball team that
includes several other Kentuckians.

Kerwin Haake lives with two disabilities. He has cerebral palsy and he’s
deaf.

The Cincinnati Dragons are now the 2021 National Champions.

“It was a really exciting game and overtime. We’d beat a very good Atlanta
team,” the elder Haake said. “It was the No. 2 ranked team, we came in No.
1 ranked and managed to pull out in an overtime victory.”

Playing basketball will continue in Kerwin’s future. In the fall, Rebecca
said he’s headed to Arizona to join a wheelchair basketball team at the
University of Arizona where he plans to major in deaf studies.

“He’s definitely come a long way and, you know, we’re proud of all the
changes that have happened in the last couple of years. Wheelchair
basketball has been a game changer, literally for our family,” Rebecca
said.

The Cincinnati Dragons finished the season with a 28-0 record this year.

note:
He previously attended Kentucky School for the Deaf and had to make
the commute to attend basketball practices and play in games!

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random deafsports thoughts

When Kevin Hall reaches the age of 50, he would be eligible
for Senior golf tours. Will he try out for it?

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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

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.

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

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

2021/07/17

DeafDigest Sports  –-  July 17, 2021

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—- random deafsports thoughts

— football updates

— Gallaudet updates

— Florida football

— Mississippi girls’ basketball

— first deaf athlete to win Olympics gold

— deaf referee in soccer

— remembering 1987

— USA deaf men’s soccer

— deaf trainer with a pro team

— deaf basketball on TV

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football updates

so far, 14 schedules turned in

so far, 3 schools said they will turn in schedules

so far, 4 schools are not having teams this season

To coaches and athletic directors:
if you have already completed your schedules, please
email barry@deafdigest.com

thanks!

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Gallaudet sports

passing of Dreher

Passing of Dr. E. Ronald Dreher, former professor and chair of the
Department of Physical Education and Recreation

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2021-22/ronalddreher

note:

Dreher, in the past, oversaw operations of the Gallaudet
athletics department. At that time, up to mid-eighties,
athletics was part of his responsibilities. To better
serve Gallaudet, then-president Jerry Lee, split up
both departments, appointing Bob Westermann as Gallaudet’s
first full time athletic director, in addition to his
football head coaching duties. Dreher stayed with his
primary duties with the Department of Physical Education
and Recreation.

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Gallaudet –  past U of Texas football player

Gallaudet ran this headline:
Gallaudet Appoints Brad Hermes as CFO

Do not know if he is deaf or not, but the story said
he played football at U of Texas.

Player on football scholarship or a walk-in? Again,
do not know.

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Florida football

We are still trying to fill Oct 2 with a HC game against
another Deaf opponent.

If not, our HC will be 10/14 vs Hope Christian.

note:
the scheduling goal of all deaf football schools is to
always find a deaf opponent for their homecoming day
games. Some seasons, finding a deaf opponent is
impossible! Deaf football fans love these deaf vs
deaf games.

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Mississippi girls’ basketball

one of candidates for state girls’ basketball player of the year

Female Basketball Player of the Year: Zykeria Anderson, Raymond; Madison
Booker, Germanton; Samya Brooks, Pontotoc; Simaru Fields, Gulfport;
Areyanna Hunter, Louisville; Rhema Pegues, Olive Branch; Debreasha Powe,
Maridian; Kennedy Ransom, Madison Central; Alexis Roberts, Mississippi
School for the Deaf; Meloney Thames, Choctaw Central; Macie Walker,
Belmont; Taylor Woodhouse, Southaven.

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first deaf athlete to win Olympics gold

part of posting

Jeff Float found purpose in the swimming pool, ultimately winning gold in
the 4×200 freestyle relay swimming event at the 1984 Olympics in L.A.

Float, who was the first legally deaf American athlete to nab a medal in
the games.

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deaf referee in soccer

there was a newspaper write up about Matt Ayyash, who is
deaf and has been certified as Nova Scotia’s first
and only deaf soccer referee.

First and only? Just let us accept the fact that
we do have a deaf referee in soccer in Nova Scotia

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remembering 1987

part of newspaper story about the 1987
San Bernardino Spirit minor league
baseball team.

One of the players was a deaf relief pitcher.

note:
No name was mentioned but DeafDigest Sports
thinks it was Von Weschberg, son of deaf
moviemaker Peter Wolf. He was said to be
hard of hearing, not deaf, but no matter.

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USA deaf men’s soccer

part of newspaper posting

There are 37 men competing for 23 spots on the United States Deaf Men’s
National Team.

“Training is basically the same. It’s high-level training,” USDMNT player
Matthew Eby said.

Eby played in the USL — playing for Real Maryland FC — and has been a
part of two Deaf Men’s National Teams (2005 and 2009).

one player from London but was born in the United States) Eby mentioned
having this team is great for deaf athletes.

note:
Eby played soccer at Gallaudet. He is currently athletic director
at Wisconsin School for the Deaf, which does not field a soccer team,
just football.

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deaf trainer with a pro team

part of newspaper posting

Former Rivermen athletic trainer Max Finley, who finished his first
season at the Double-A ECHL in 2020-21 with South Carolina, was a
co-winner of the league’s athletic trainer of the year award. Finley is
deaf, and while working with the Rivermen skated internationally in the
Deaflympics.

note:
ECHL is one of the four professional minor leages in pro hockey;
approximately ranked 2nd strongest among these four leagues.

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deaf basketball on TV

according to a newspaper story, Nike and FIBA have agreed
to 11-Year deal to add 8 sports to TV networks.

One of the 8 sports is basketball, and it has included
International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD)
competition as one of these various basketball
federations.

TV people are fickle, and while they say deaf
basketball could be televised, will it be?

As always, stay tuned!

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random deafsports thoughts

One reason why DeafDigest Sports is disappointed
with Deaflympics – is that many deaf participants
do not play in their sports during off-Deaflympics
years but train hard at the last minute to get
ready for the Deaflympics.

Do they join local hearing teams in their sports?

Do not really know!

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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

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.

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

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

2021/07/10

DeafDigest Sports  –-  July 10, 2021

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http://deafdigestsports.com/

barry@deafdigest.com
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—- random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet updates

— NIL at Gallaudet?

— football updates

— Maryland football

— Tennessee track

— Texas special football game

— college deaf athletes – baseball and softball

— Greco-Roman wrestling

— deaf adult basketball updates

— a deaf club was fined

— elite baseball player

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NIL at Gallaudet?

from a DeafDigest posting earlier this week

— Gallaudet and NCAA’s NIL

Those that follow college sports know what NIL (name,
image and likeness) is all about. It means college
athletes (almost all on NCAA-I level) can get money
from endorsement deals. Gallaudet plays on the
NCAA-III level. Could Gallaudet athletes get these
NIL deals? In theory, yes, but keep in mind we have
a number of deaf-run businesses and deaf-run
corporations. Could they endorse (and pay)
Gallaudet athletes? Yes! Will this happen? Do
not know!

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Gallaudet updates

Gallaudet places 50 student-athletes on the 2020-21 NEAC Scholar-Athlete list

full story at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/news/2021-22/neac-allacademic

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football updates

Football schedules have been located, either
on the school web sites or on maxprep sites
this week.

DeafDigest Sports editor now has 14 schedules.

Plus a few more schools have indicated fielding
teams this fall but their schedules have not
been turned in.

Four schools are not fielding teams this fall.

To coaches and athletic directors:
if you have already completed your schedules, please
email barry@deafdigest.com

thanks!

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Maryland football

Maryland School for the Deaf’s varsity football team has a new head coach,
Neal DiMarco, but he is hardly new to the perennially strong program.

full story at:
https://www.fredericknewspost.com/sports/level/high_school/dimarco-named-msds-new-football-head-coach/article_7f7f52bc-9b59-5c0c-827e-332fc330a769.html

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Tennessee track

part of newspaper posting – state leaders

Long jump
Jordan Harris, Alcoa, So.; Lorenzo Currie, Tennessee School for Deaf, Sr.;
Benjermin Drake, Whites Creek, Jr.

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Texas special football game

Texas dropped down from 11 man football to 6 man
football and in the process, won the state TAPPS
football championship.

And now this – Texas will be playing Riverside
in a 8-man football game this coming fall.

This will be Texas’ only 8-man game of the season.

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random deafsports thoughts

See Greco-Roman wrestling (below)

This type of wrestling is not popular in USA,
but 3-time NCAA-III champion Matt Hamill
was interested in this sport. His goal was
to focus on Greco-Roman wrestling in the
future – but got sidetracked. He then became
a one-time high ranking MMA fighter!

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college deaf athletes – baseball and softball

Deaf siblings are incoming freshmen with the
baseball and softball teams at the Mayville State
University (North Dakota, NAIA).

Ashlyn Tingey will play softball

Ethan Tingey will play baseball

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Greco-Roman wrestling

at the 4th World Deaf Junior Greco Roman Wrestling Championships,

Top finishing teams:
1 – Russia
2 – Iran
3 – Turkey

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a deaf club was fined

we have read about Great Britain fined because one of its
fans pointed a laser at Denmark goalie during game-deciding
shoot out.

Can’t happen to a deaf club?

It did.

In the early sixties at the CAAD basketball tournament,
two rival teams played each other – Detroit Association
of the Deaf and Motor City Association of the Deaf.

Can’t remember the exact details, but a fan of one of these
two teams threw a firecracker on the court during a time out.
It disrupted the game flow and everyone was unnerved.

The angry CAAD officers investigated and identified the fan
that rooted for one of the Detroit teams – and fined that
deaf club for that reason!

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elite baseball player

Tyson Gillies, currently a free agent but with years
of experience in minor league baseball, is a member
of the Canadian national baseball team. That team
competed in the pre-Olympics qualifying tournament.

Gillies never made it to the majors but has played
on the Class AAA level in the past.

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deaf adult basketball updates

USADB Commissioner – Carl Denney
Deputy Commissioner – Richard McCowin
Secretary – Kristina Arteaga
Treasurer – Joey Kutcka

goal – to continue with basketball activity, leading up to national
tournament

2022 national tournament – TBA

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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

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.

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

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

2021/07/02

DeafDigest Sports  –-  July 2, 2021

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

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

—- random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet updates

— a football update

— Deaf Wrestling

— Deaf Soccer

— elite deaf swimmer

— a 3-pointer in overtime

— track training camp

— Colorado track

— Texas baseball & softball

— European Deaf Handball Championship title

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football update, or a non-update

one school has not sent in their football schedule
but their schedule was posted on the maxpreps,
and it is a mystery

it lists a game with North Carolina School for the
Deaf. This school does not have enough players to
field a stand-alone 8-man team and even worse,
unable to field a combined team with Eastern North
Carolina School for the Deaf.

DeafDigest Sports editor will follow up with that
latest addition to make sure the schedule is valid.

DeafDigest Sports thinks 21 schools may field teams

DeafDigest Sports has 12 schedules, including that
addition.

To coaches and athletic directors:
if you have already completed your schedules, please
email barry@deafdigest.com

thanks!

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2 Gallaudet swimming updates

Gallaudet swimming places 11 on Atlantic East Conference All-Academic Team

link is at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/wswimdive/2020-21/releases/aec-academic

note:
Gallaudet is a new swimming-only member of the Atlantic East Conference

Gallaudet swimming teams earn CSCAA Scholar All-America Team Honors

link is at:
https://www.gallaudetathletics.com/sports/mswimdive/2020-21/releases/cscaa-springscholar21

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Colorado track

part of newspaper posting

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind’s Russian-born, Texas-raised
Annabelle Weaver runs way to state podium

“I grew up in Texas, but I was born in Russia,” Weaver, a recent graduate
of Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), said through a sign
language interpreter after placing eighth in the Class 1A 3200 meters.

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Iowa football

ISD will not have a football team this fall.  We don’t have enough players
to play a full schedule safely.  We will be offering cross country for the boys
again this fall, and Brent Welsch will be coaching the team

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Texas baseball & softball TAPPS 2nd team

Jose Garcia, baseball

McKenna Brentham, softball

note:
all-state TAPPS or all-region TAPPS?

this posting didn’t indicate which is which

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Deaf Soccer

from a tweet

Deaf Sports Ireland

A message from Deaf Sports Ireland. We are sorry to announce the Ireland
Deaf Men Football team are not going to Deaflympics Brazil due to we are
not able to play our football qualification games against Poland and
Sweden on this September 2021

note:
why? do not know

finances or covid-19 rules?

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Deaf Wrestling

World Deaf Wrestling championships is going on
right now in Turkey.

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random deafsports thoughts

Is USA sending deaf wrestlers to the World
Deaf Wrestling championships in Turkey?

No.

Same old issue with past deaf world championship
events in different sports – no money; lack of
leadership; etc.

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elite deaf swimmer

part of newspaper posting

Klotz’ world record a surprise at trials

Matthew Klotz, a 2014 Vista del Lago graduate, didn’t qualify for the USA
Olympic swim team at the swim trials two weeks ago in Omaha, Neb.

What the 25-year-old 2020 LSU graduate did was break his own deaf world
record in the 50-meter backstroke, lowering it by two-tenths to 25.75
seconds. Born with severe hearing loss not discovered until the age of 2,
Klotz can hear with his hearing aids and can read lips. In the pool
without his hearing aids, Klotz is deaf.

What makes his world record effort more remarkable is that Klotz attended
the trials with very little training under his belt. Because of COVID and
the restrictions that followed, there was no space in the pool for him to
train at LSU

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wheelchair basketball champions, a 3-pointer in overtime

wheelchair basketball national champions

The Cincinnati Dragons Wheelchair Basketball Team completed an undefeated
28-0 season by winning the NWBA Varsity National Championship this
weekend.  The Dragons had wins over #16 Baltimore (74-51), #8 Indianapolis
(74-28) and #4 Charlotte (53-45) before defeating the #2 ranked Atlanta
Hawks 55-50 in overtime in the championship game.  Kerwin Haake, a deaf
senior from Lexington KY, is the starting point guard for the Dragons.
Kerwin was named 2nd team all-tournament and scored 13 points in the
championship game including a 3-pointer in overtime to put the Dragons in
the lead.

note:
Kerwin Haake is bound for University of Arizona as a new freshman
member of the wheelchair basketball team. While it is not NCAA,
the university gave him a basketball scholarship.

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track training camp

Deaf Track and Field Training Camp is taking place
July 19 – 23 at Texas School for the Deaf

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Croatia wins European Deaf Handball Championship title

from a posting

Croatia defeated Russia in the final match 34:25 to win the 12th European
Deaf Handball Championship. Both sides were unbeaten going into the final
game of the tournament and it was the hosts who prevailed.

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

………

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

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.

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

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