2020/07/28

DeafDigest Sports – – July 26-28, 2020

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— random deafsports thoughts

— college deaf athlete, baseball

— past participant in American Gladiators

— national team for hearing impaired?

— moving the gazebo

— Louisiana announcement

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Illinois football

moving the gazebo

part of newspaper story

Ron Sipek Gazebo at Illinois School for the Deaf. The gazebo — named for
Sipek, who was quarterback for the school’s 9-0 team in 1969 — has been
moved to the Jacksonville Community Center for the Deaf.

A sign on the gazebo reads, “Ron Sipek’s Dream Comes True: ‘… Pah’.” “Pah”
is an American Sign Language idiom that means “finally” or “success at
last.”

note:

The late Ron Sipek was the son of former deaf major league baseball
player Dick Sipek.

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Louisiana announcement

Due to the high risks of Covid-19, LSD has decided that they
will not field football and volleyball teams for this fall
season.

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American Gladiators

Siren

Real Name: Shelley Beattie
Years Active: 1992-1996

Siren’s part on the show was incredibly important, showing the world that
having a disability shouldn’t slow you down. Shelley Beattie became deaf
at the age of three after she accidentally ate aspirin, thinking they were
sweets. With help, Beattie’s hearing improved over the years. As well as
being an accomplished bodybuilder, gymnast, and heptathlete, Beattie was
also a Western Oregon State College graduate.

The star went on to work as a counselor at a group home, helping children
overcome their problems

Note:
Did she play sports at Western Oregon State University.

No. She didn’t want to.

Western Oregon State has had a few deaf athletes but she was not one of them.
This was surprising because she actively participated in sports after
graduation; she was one of the crew members of the all-female America’s
Cup yacht challenger team.

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National team for the hearing impaired?

part of newspaper posting

Our staff brought him on the volleyball team, where he thrived and led us
to an eventual CIF state title before he went on to play at Long Beach
State. Ryan is now a member of the USA National Team for the hearing
impaired.

note:

we have never called our national athletic teams as “national team
for the hearing impaired”

it was always national team for the deaf

or

national deaf team

The Ryan mentioned in the story is Ryan Manoogian; transferred to
Long Beach State from a 2-year college. At Long Beach State his
varsity participation was minimal.

His collegiate eligibility has expired.

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college deaf athlete

Chase Smartt

senior, eligibility expired

Troy (Alabama, NCAA-I)

baseball

hit .343 in his final season of play

it was his best season

played 55 of his team’s 57 games (2019 season)

74 hits in 216 at bats

showed power, one of team leaders in RBI with six homers

was drafted by Atlanta Braves after his senior season in
high school but chose to go to Troy

went undrafted after his senior season at Troy and is out
of baseball

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random deafsports thoughts

To sign with Atlanta Braves and forego college

or go to college and risk not getting drafted again

that was Smartt’s dilemma (see above story)

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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