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