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Behind the Scenes / Deaf athletes strive to raise funds, awareness

By Hirohiko Ide and Shuichi Arai / Yomiuri Shimbun

Japan FlagOne positive effect of the upcoming Tokyo Games is increased understanding and awareness of the Paralympics, but the situation remains bleak for international events for sports for the disabled that are not included in the Paralympics.

The conditions faced by disabled athletes and the support available to them can be better understood by examining one such event, the 23rd Summer Deaflympic Games — the Olympics for the deaf — held in Samsun, Turkey, from July 18 to July 30.

Read more: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003859061

Source: The Japan News

Applications for Board Members of USADSF now welcome

USA Deaf Sports FederationThe USA Deaf Sports Federation has two openings for individuals interested in serving on the organization’s Board of Directors. USADSF is looking for individuals who have experience, expertise, and knowledge in the following areas:

Fundraising
Governance
Strategic planning
Financial management
Basic understanding of Robert’s Rules of Order
Bylaws and policies and procedures
Operations in nonprofit organizations
Community and public relations
Marketing
Information Technology
Sports management

These backgrounds are needed due to the fact that USADSF is in the process of hiring an Executive Director. USADSF has also formed the Lawrence R. Fleischer Deaf Sports Foundation which will be a subsidiary of USADSF and serve as the fundraising arm of the organization. Your experience and expertise will assist in the hiring and implementation as well as a variety of other projects for USADSF.

If you are interested, please send a letter of interest and background information (can be a resume or CV) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, August 25, 2017.

Reprinted from USA Deaf Sports Federation - http://usdeafsports.org/news/applications-for-board-members-of-usadsf-now-welcome/

Farewell to an amazing Whanganui athlete

By Liz Wylie

New Zealand FlagMavis Carter was Whanganui's own sporting legend who defied disability, age and terminal illness to show the world what she was made of. Liz Wylie pays tribute to a remarkable woman and astounding athlete.

The Whanganui woman who earned the title "Amazing Mavis" at the World Masters' Games in April has died.

Read more: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=11897916

Source: Wanganui Chronicle

Regional Day School for the Deaf forms Baseball Team

It’s America’s pastime – with a few more signs. Lonestar, a new baseball team for deaf, hard of hearing children and their siblings launched earlier this summer, giving students a level-playing field in sign language.

Regional Day School for the Deaf teacher Isabel Montes has a deaf son so she understood the need for families like hers to have an athletic outlet. She started the process of creating a baseball team in April, and since then the team has flourished on and off the field.

Read more: http://elpasoheraldpost.com/regional-day-school-deaf-forms-baseball-team/

Source: El Paso Herald-Post

No stopping deaf motocross racer

By Jacob Robinson

SIMCOE - Hayden Cusworth hasn't let a lack of hearing slow him down.

In fact, the 11-year-old Simcoe resident has developed an insatiable need for speed.

“From the minute he wakes up he's already got his (racing) gear on,” Hayden's dad Jay DeMontfort laughed. “He doesn't take it off until it's bedtime.”

Hayden began riding dirt bikes when he was young under the watchful eye of DeMontfort – a long time fan of the sport – and mom Lana, but the last two years he's stepped things up a notch.

Read more: http://www.simcoereformer.ca/2017/07/31/no-stopping-deaf-motocross-racer

Source: Simcoe Reformer

Rochester postmark for baseball fan and stamp honoree Robert Panara

By Michael Baadke

Robert Panara StampThe Rochester Red Wings baseball team, the AAA minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, paid tribute July 23 to Robert Panara (1920-2014), the deaf studies pioneer who taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y.

In association with the Rochester post office, fans visiting Frontier Field for the game between the Red Wings and the Toledo Mud Hens received a souvenir postcard honoring Panara, a baseball fan and longtime Red Wings supporter.

Read more: http://www.linns.com/news/postal-updates/2017/july/rochester-postmark-baseball-fan-stamp-honoree-robert-panara.html

Source: Linn’s Stamp News

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