DeafDigest Sports – – May 17-21, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts

— Gallaudet honors

— elite deaf pro basketball player

— Basketball history book on youtube

— deaf in one ear football players

— Tennessee softball player


Gallaudet honors

Gallaudet Athletics Department pays tribute to its 2020 graduates

In the graduating class there are 33 Bison student-athletes, assistant
coaches, team managers, student assistants and interns.

full story is at:


Basketball history book on youtube

from Steve Baldwin

Hi Barry. On behalf of Deaf Culture, Deaf History Section of NAD,  I want
to announce my new vodcast series.  Since I’m a Region 3 rep for DCHS, I
agreed to do my own series




The NAD plugging of the Gallaudet book on basketball history
was a big surprise, but a pleasant one.

Happy viewing and thanks!

Steve was an all-time great long distance runner at
Gallaudet during the mid-sixties. He has been enshrined
into the Gallaudet athletic hall of fame.


Emma Meesseman

women’s pro basketball

Washington Mystics & Euroleague women’s basketball

part of newspaper story


Underdog Week: Emma Meesseman is a rare second-round pick turned star
The Washington Mystics drafted center Emma Meesseman out of Belgium with
the No. 19 overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft. Six years later, Meesseman
has become a household name

n a league where many second- and third-round draft picks never fulfill
their dreams of playing in the pros, Emma Meesseman’s performance in the
2019 WNBA Finals says a lot about her ability to defy expectations as an

A native of Belgium, Meesseman was selected No. 19 overall in the 2013
WNBA Draft. For the Washington Mystics against the Connecticut Sun in the
2019 championship series, she averaged 17.8 points and 4.6 rebounds en
route to winning the Finals MVP award. What set her apart from her peers
in the series was her clutch ability to knock down big shots, including a
7-of-14 effort from the 3-point line.

Meesseman was an underdog for another reason, beyond her late draft
selection — she is partially deaf in both ears. But that issue is of the
past considering the amazing chemistry she has with her teammates today.

most No. 19 picks in the WNBA are underdogs
who struggle to make a name for themselves. Meesseman has broken that
trend, and then some. She has averaged double figures in scoring five
seasons in a row, made the All-Star Game in 2015 and now is a champion and
Finals MVP.

Since 2013, Meesseman’s draft year, no 19th pick has tasted very much
success either, making her the best No. 19 overall pick in WNBA history.

Meesseman shines brightest in the biggest moments
In 2019, Meesseman put together a great regular season and postseason
before reaching the Finals.

She spent a good chunk of the season, 11 games, away from the Mystics
while playing overseas with EuroBasket.

Meesseman returned on July 13 and, with 13.1 points
per game, helped the top offense in the league become even better.

The Mystics had a double bye so their first series came against the
fourth-seeded Las Vegas Aces in the semifinals, a series in which
Meesseman performed even better than she did in the Finals. Against A’ja
Wilson, Liz Cambage and Kelsey Plum, Meesseman scored 27 points, 30 points
and 22 points in the Mystics’ three wins. She shot an impressive 11-of-17
from distance in the series, which the Mystics won 3-1.

Highlights: Playoff Emma at her best

In the Finals, Meesseman was particularly good in the Mystics’ Game 3 (21
points) and Game 5 (22 points) wins. In the fourth quarter of Game 5, she
made a jumper with 2:54 left to put the Mystics up by eight and blocked a
Shekinna Stricklen 3-point attempt with 1:15 left in regulation —
preserving the eight-point lead.

Meesseman was the hero who led the way to what was the first WNBA
championship for the Mystics’ franchise and the first in the career of
legendary head coach Mike Thibault.


deaf-in-one-ear football players

Are people, deaf in one ear, considered deaf?

Hard to say. If someone talks to the person’s
deaf ear, then that person is deaf, but if
someone talks to the person’s hearing ear, then
that person is hearing.

The same goes for deaf in one ear people “shifting”
their heads to have their hearing ear pointed at
where the speech is coming from.

DeafDigest Sports editor had two cousins that
were deaf in one ear. They knew how to shift
their hearing ears towards the conversation.
And their spouses always stood on the side of
the hearing ear, never of the deaf ear!

There was a story of Reggie Robinson II, deaf in
one ear, making Dallas Cowboys very excited about

Larry Brown was one of the best running backs with
the Washington Redskins. He played in the seventies
and rushed for 1216 yards in one season. He was deaf
in one ear.

His coach was the legendary coach Vince Lombardi,
who got special permission from NFL to have a helmet
outfitted with a inside hearing aid for him.

During World War II, the Pittsburgh Steelers had an
offensive lineman who was deaf. Not sure if he was
deaf in one ear or in both ears, but he had to
take off his helmet in the huddle to catch what
the quarterback was saying!


Tennesee softball player

part of newspaper story

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Despite a standout career at Centennial High
School, Cailin Hannon wasn’t highly recruited as a softball player. She
chose to take a chance by enrolling at Tennessee, and her journey from
walk-on to starter earns tonight’s Curtain Call.

Hannon paid no mind to the doubters, or to the fact she’s hearing
impaired. She’s been diagnosed with 40 percent hearing loss and requires
hearing aids to be able to hear her teammates on the field.

But coaches say her heart and grit are unmatched.

As a sophomore, she had the game-tying hit in the Super Regional against
Georgia. She’s been a fixture in the lineup for the Lady Vols ever since.
The centerfielder hit .277 as a junior and .296 this year before the
season was canceled.

Hannon’s majoring in Audiology and Speech Pathology and hopes to be a role
model for young kids.

She told veteran sportswriter Maurice Patton, “no matter your situation,
as long as you work hard and have fun, you can do anything you want to

That’s what Hannon did. And it’s something we all can look up to.


random deafsports thoughts

Why couldn’t Emma (long story above) play in the Deaflympics for the
national deaf Belgium women’s basketball team?

Deaflympics rule requires at least 55 dB loss in the better ear.

Emma probably has her hearing loss in the 40 dB – 54 dB range; deaf,
yes but not deaf enough!

Everyone with the Mystics know how deaf Emma is and they make it
a point to shout near her ears, not far away from her ears!

She hosted a basketball clinic for deaf girls few years ago at the
gym at Maryland SD.


Gallaudet hall of fame

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

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

If you are interested in nominating someone please review the guidelines

before you complete the form at:

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

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




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

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

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

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

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