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'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

Charlotte 49ers punter won't let deafness define him, finds comfort in football

By Pat James

UNC-Charlotte 49ersArthur Hart won’t let you say he’s different from any other football player.

Charlotte’s junior punter sees himself as no better, no worse, than anyone else, with no advantages or disadvantages. Most of the time.

On Sept. 1, 53,127 people filled Papa John's Cardinal Stadium for the 49ers’ season opener at Louisville, where fans released eight months of football-free anxiety, creating an unprecedented hostile environment for Charlotte. Many players could only wish to silence the crowd during the 70-14 defeat.

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/college/article117084268.html

Source: The Charlotte Observer

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