2020/07/16

DeafDigest Sports – – July 11-16, 2020

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— 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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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.

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http://GallaudetAthleticsStore.com

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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