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How Jodie Overcame Hearing Loss To Become An International Athlete

2018 Jodie Ounsley
Meet Jodie Ounsley. She’s a cochlear implant user and international athlete. After representing her country in several sports, Jodie is now at the start of a successful career in professional women’s rugby. What’s more, she’s just 17 years old.

We sat down with Jodie to find out all about her sporting achievements, and to get her top tips for playing sport with a cochlear implant.

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Source: Med El

Photo credit - Med El

Multi-sport athlete Kamden Romano transitions, excited to compete again

By Ross Forman

2018 Kamden Romano
Kamden Romano.

Kamden Romano has quite the sporting resume: football, soccer, marathons, triathlons and more, yet Romano's future sporting ventures are, perhaps, most exciting for him.

Romano, 32, who lives in suburban Huntley and works as a paraprofessional, played for the DC Divas in 2006 and the Chicago Force in 2010. Romano has run three marathons, about 20 half-marathons, 7 Tough Mudder events, 1 Spartan race, 2 sprint triathlons, and 1 duathlon.

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Source: Windy City Times

Photo credit - Kamden Romano

Gallaudet star soared on both the basketball and volleyball courts

By Matthew Holmes

2018 Rhonda Jo Miller
Gallaudet retired Ronda Jo (Miller) Donatucci’s basketball jersey in 2014 and plans to retire her volleyball jersey in October.

With the era of specialization underway, making participation in multiple college sports a challenge, Ronda Jo Miller didn’t just play two sports. She excelled in them.

Miller finished her playing career at Gallaudet as the all-time Division III leader in career rebounds (1,545) and third in career points (2,656) in basketball, as well as the all-time leader in any division in career kills in volleyball (3,579). Combined, her name appears in the NCAA volleyball and basketball record books more than 30 times for her exploits from 1996 to 2000 at Gallaudet, the only university in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

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Source: NCAA Champion Magazine

Photo credit - Gallaudet University Photo

Wausau native bringing the sounds of NASCAR to the deaf community


By Dale Ryman


2018 Ann Howell-Davis

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW)-- Ann Howell-Davis grew up in Wausau.


"She was born profoundly deaf," said mom Sue Davis. "Went to school here in Wausau and a great grade school for the deaf here. She graduated from Wausau East."


From there, it was off to Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, where she met her future husband Matt Howell, also deaf, and a racing fan who got Ann hooked on Nascar.


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Source: WSAW


Photo credit - FS1


Minor league baseball team will host Curtis Pride, wear sign language jerseys for Deaf Awareness Night

By Pete Blackburn

Myrtle Beach PelicansThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans will be holding Deaf Awareness Night at the ballpark next month, and former MLB outfielder Curtis Pride will be helping out with the festivities.

The Pelicans -- Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs -- will hold the night on Sunday, Aug. 19 as they take on the Buies Creek Astros. The team will wear special sign American Sign Language jerseys for that day's game, with the uniforms being raffled off for members of the deaf community. A select number of team-signed jerseys will also be auctioned off, with the proceeds benefiting the deaf community.

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Source: CBS Sports

Baseball: Dummy Hoy honored by SABR

Dummy HoyPITTSBURGH — William Ellsworth “Dummy” Hoy is not in the Baseball Hall of Fame. But thanks to the efforts of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) his plight is drawing much more attention.

At its annual business meeting in Pittsburgh last week, Hoy was selected as SABR’s Overlooked 19th Century Baseball Legend for 2018. The title determined annually to represent a 19th-century player, manager, executive or other baseball personality not yet inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

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Source: The Courier


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