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Savannah Storm hurdle obstacles for hoop dreams

By Jenel Few

ABA Savannah StormThe Savannah Storm, the city's new minor-league basketball team, is a group of 26 promising athletes all hoping for an opportunity to achieve their dreams.

"These are all guys who, for whatever reason, either missed the window for playing college ball or to play professionally," said Ed DeVita, Storm general manager. "Our squad is a developmental site for guys who want to play in Europe or the NBA."

Read more: http://savannahnow.com/news/2010-10-18/savannah-storm-hurdle-obstacles-hoop-dreams

Source: Savannah Morning News

First deaf NBA player Lance Allred speaks to high school students about perseverance

By Nick Wagner

YATESVILLE — Lance Allred was not blessed with extreme basketball talent. The road to his goals wasn’t an easy one, but with hard work and principles of perseverance, he made everything happen.

Now, Allred shares those techniques as a motivational speaker.

The first legally deaf player to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA), Allred spoke in the Pittston Area High School auditorium Tuesday to student-athletes from Pittston Area, Wyoming Area, Lake-Lehman, Coughlin, Meyers, GAR and Northwest.

Read more & view video: http://timesleader.com/news/local/598280/first-deaf-nba-player-lance-allred-speaks-to-high-school-students-about-perseverance

Source: Times Leader

Meet the Goannas: The quiet achievers of Aussie basketball

By Warren Yiu

Australia Deaf BasketballLike most 7 year olds, Jordan Woolmer was always in a hurry.

So naturally, he was all in for a game of tag with the other kids at the back of the vacation care centre in which he stayed during the school holidays.

He still remembers the scene to this day.

“There was a massive wooden cubby house, a sandpit with a giant swing, and a paved pathway leading to the backdoor of the building,” he recalled.

Read more: http://pickandroll.com.au/goannas-aussie-basketball/

Source: The Pick and Roll

GUEST COLUMN: The passing of a GSD legend

By Ernest McDaniel

georgiaI was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Willie Wooten, a schoolboy basketball legend who played at Georgia School for the Deaf from 1973-1976. The name brought back fond memories of cold winter nights when every store in Cave Spring would close early for home games and townsfolk from the surrounding area would come to see the wonder boys of GSD play basketball.

Talmadge Gymnasium on the GSD campus was a small venue that would hold maybe 300, but for home games it was always standing room only, and the place would be packed to the rafters. They came to see the team that dominated Region 6B — the B Class was the smallest state classification at the time — and more often than not, they were entertained by a high-speed offense and stifling defense from a team led by Willie Wooten.

Read more: http://m.northwestgeorgianews.com/rome/sports/local/guest-column-the-passing-of-a-gsd-legend/article_98ff7f3c-7a35-11e6-a0ac-03d169c88772.html?mode=jqm

Source: Rome News-Tribune

Blackford grad Lauren Godfrey achieves dream of making 2017 Deaflympics

By Andrew Walker

USADB InternationalThe piece of paper was hung up on the wall, and she looked, anxiously, for her name.

There it was: Lauren Godfrey.

She made it.

All her life, Godfrey has loved the game of basketball, and her passion showed up on the court growing up in Montpelier, and she developed into a three-time all-Central Indiana Athletic Conference point guard at Blackford High School.

Read more: http://www.hartfordcitynewstimes.com/news/local/blackford-grad-lauren-godfrey-achieves-dream-of-making-deaflympics/article_8fd3600c-62ef-11e6-af24-b715048ac451.html

Source: Hartford City News Times

Kenya made light work of Uganda to qualify after winning both games

2016 Africa Deaf Basketball ChampionshipsAfrica Deaf Basketball Championship

Uganda 28 Kenya 68
Kenya 57 Uganda 43

This was witnessed on Wednesday after the local deaf team hosted Kenya and lost both encounters at the Africa Deaf Olympics qualifiers at Lugogo Arena in Kampala.

Kenya made light work of Uganda to qualify after winning both games against Uganda, 68-28 and 57-43.

Read more: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1432334/poor-preps-costs-uganda-deaf-basketball-olympics

Source: New Vision

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