DeafDigest Sports – May 21, 2018
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— Gallaudet athletic department job announcement

— Idaho track

— random deafsports thoughts

— deaf pro tennis player

— the late Billy Cannon and the deaf

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— deaf hurdler in hearing Olympics

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Gallaudet athletic department job announcement

position opening
Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Success
Gallaudet University
Washington, DC

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Idaho track


Hearing-impaired athlete helps ISDB reach state for the first time since 2006

The 2018 high school state track championships have come and gone. And one
local school made its first appearance in more than a decade.

Zack Smith represented the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind in the 400
meter race.

Zack Smith is hoping to break his grandpa’s school record set back in
1952. “My best time is 56, but i’m hoping to get down to 49,” Smith

Smith finished 15th in the 1A 400 prelims and even though he didn’t
advance to the finals, he tied his personal record, 56.66 seconds, shaving
nearly four seconds off his time in just one month.

“He’s got two more years, so he’ll get better.”

His coaches along with new friends expect Smith to return next year.

Rob Anderson speaking on behalf of Ken Anderson said, “so you’re telling
him to run all year, to lift weights, keeping lift weights.”

“It’s just really exciting,” Smith added.

The last ISDB athlete to compete at state track prior to Smith, Amanda
Hope in 20


random deafsports thoughts (new feature)

From time to time over the years, DeafDigest Sports
editor has seen skilled deaf mainstreamed athletes
being recruited by NCAA-I coaches (in any sport).

The recruited deaf freshman gets enough playing
time – but after the season, the NCAA-I coach
gets fired – and is replaced by a new coach.

The new coach feels “stuck” with the deaf athlete
he never wanted to recruit.

As a result, the deaf recruit sits on the bench
for much of his NCAA-I career.

Yes, they can transfer. Some do, some don’t.


the late Billy Cannon and the deaf

Billy Cannon, who played at LSU and is considered to be
one of the greatest collegiate football players ever,
just passed away.

He has two deaf connections.

His older brother Harvey taught at Louisiana School for
the Deaf, which wasn’t too far from the sprawling LSU
campus. He was better known on the campus as “Billy’s brother”
than for what he was – a good teacher, well liked by the

LSU defeated Hardin-Simmons 20-6 in a 1958 game. One of the
Hardin-Simmons players was Sammy Oates, who was deaf and
was recruited out of Texas School for the Deaf.

Cannon had a good pro career – but is much better known
for his collegiate career.


deaf pro tennis player

newspaper story


While the majority of our Tennis Channel Plus Match of the Day articles
focus on the match-up, today’s is more about the contestants. One of them,
specifically: Duckhee Lee. The 19-year-old’s low ranking (No. 242) and
nearly non-existent career ATP record (0-1) wouldn’t normally put him in
the spotlight, but for the fact that Lee is deaf.

In spite of his disability, the South Korean has excelled in tennis,
already reaching a level of competition few would have ever expected. He
will continue remain an inspiration to countless individuals no matter how
his professional career turns out

Lee, along with everyone in this week’s French Open qualifying tournament,
will need to win three matches to reach the main draw of the clay-court
Slam. Going on recent history, Lee seems a long shot to do so—he’s lost
his last three matches, all at the ATP Challenger Tour level. But earlier
this year, Lee nearly qualified for a main draw at a major, in Melbourne.
Only a third-round loss to Ruben Bemelmans prevented Lee from making even
more history than he already has.

Standing in Lee’s way at Roland Garros is Dennis Novikov, a 24-year-old
American who, like his opponent, hasn’t played an ATP tour-level match
this season. He also hasn’t played in nearly a month; his last tournament
was in Leon, Mexico in late April. Novikov is 1-1 on clay this season, his
two matches occurring in qualifying at the ATP event in Houston.

Lee, for his part, is just 1-3 on clay this year. Lee and Novikov have
never played each other. But this match-up isn’t about the numbers—or,
in one way, even about the outcome. There may be more compelling contests
on the first day of French Open qualifying, and players you’re more likely
to recognize. But if you watch one match on Monday, this is the one I


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