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South Texas Generals & Corpus Christi Divas meet in game featuring Deaf players

Last Saturday, May 13th, the South Texas Generals and Corpus Christi Divas who play in the Icon Women’s Football Association (IWFA), a semipro league featured Deaf players on both teams.

The South Texas Generals have Erika Mendiola playing wide receiver and cornerback while Cassie Cantu is a defensive back. Corpus Christi Divas has LeAnn Avalos as a cornerback.

The recap of the game was provided by Jose Amador.

South Texas Generals defeated Corpus Christi Divas, 52-31. The Generals improved to 1-1 while the Divas fell to 1-1.

South Texas Generals' #1 Cassie Cantu made three solo tackles, one assist tackle, fumble recovery for 10 yards, and another fumble recovery returned for a touchdown.

South Texas Generals' #8 Erika Mendiola made two solo tackles. She played with a shoulder injury.

Corpus Christi Divas' #32 LeAnn Avalos made two assist tackles in the first half. She didn't play the second half due to coach's decision.

CCD  6-13-0-12 = 31
STG 12-20-6-14 = 52

Next game: South Texas Generals travel to 3-time IWFA Champion Texas Legacy (2-0) at San Antonio. Corpus Christi Divas host the Austin Assassins (0-2).

2017 Deaf Women Pro Football
Left to right: Erika Mendiola, LeAnn Avalos, Cassie Cantu (Photo credit - Jose Amador)

'America's Deaf Team' Tackles Identity Politics

By Matthew Davis

GallaudetThe homecoming game falls on a brilliant, unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon in late October 2016. The sun streams through the multicolored leaves of oak trees and dapples thousands of alumni and fans in patches of light and shade. Pop-up booths have been erected behind the football stadium: The Class of 2019 is selling crepes; the Class of 1992 is selling t-shirts; writers for the student newspaper, The Buff and Blue, are hawking the latest issue.

Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/05/americas-deaf-team-tackles-identity-politics/525945/

The Atlantic

Football: Oley Valley senior faces unique challenge at Gallaudet

By Mike Drago

GallaudetFleetwood offensive lineman Cress Fisher realizes the step up to college football will be demanding, but the most challenging aspect for him will come in communicating with his teammates.

At Gallaudet University most of the players around him will be deaf or hard of hearing; they will speak with their hands, not their voices.

The same will apply to the classroom where Fisher's instructors and classmates will not communicate verbally. Fisher, who is neither deaf nor hard of hearing, will be expected to communicate like those around him, through sign language.

Read more: http://www.readingeagle.com/sports/article/football-oley-valley-senior-faces-unique-challenge-at-gallaudet

Source: Reading Eagle

SILENT MOTIVATION: TCU WR SIGNEE OMAR MANNING INSPIRED BY HIS DEAF MOTHER

By Damon Sayles

Texas Christian UniversityLANCASTER, Texas — With every reception and touchdown scored throughout his high school—all 79 and 20, respectively—Omar Manning maintained the same philosophy.

Family first.

"Everything I do," he said, "I do it for my family."

Read more & view video: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2670886-silent-motivation-tcu-wr-signee-omar-manning-inspired-by-his-deaf-mother

Source: Bleacher Report

I’m Darrion Green: Gallaudet University, You Have My Word

By Darrion Green

GallaudetMy journey started when I was seven years old, holding dreams of playing college football and then graduating to the NFL. Four years later I finally saw the field for a Pop Warner team, the Mesquite Jaguars out of Mesquite, Texas. It was my first time playing, and the first time the coach ever had a deaf player on his team. I was 11 years old.

Read more: https://campusinsiders.com/news/darrion-green-gallaudet-university-commits-01-31-2017/

Source: Campus Insiders

NFL DRAFT DIAMONDS PROSPECT INTERVIEW: CARNEILUS SMITH, DB, GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY

GallaudetWhat is your name?

Carneilus Smith

What is your Height/Weight?

6’0 208lb

What is your position?

FS/SS

Read more: http://www.nfldraftdiamonds.com/carneilus-smith-db-gallaudet-university/

Source: NFL Draft Diamonds

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