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Teamwork transcends the field for "America's deaf team"

GallaudetIn our ongoing series, A More Perfect Union, we highlight how what connects us as Americans is deeper than what divides us. Sports, like football, are often great unifiers, transcending race, religion, and nationality. At Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the Bison football team is tackling lessons beyond the field.

Football is equal parts passion, dedication and teamwork but game day at Gallaudet feels different and quieter than most, reports CBS News' Jan Crawford.

Read more & view video: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-more-perfect-union-americas-deaf-football-team-gallaudet-university/

Source: CBS News

NFFAD 4x4 Championship goes to Silent Boys

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The National Flag Football Association of the Deaf (NFFAD) hosted their 4x4 tournament last Saturday at Clifton, Maryland with seven teams in contention. Several other formats that were initially planned to be part of this tournament were scrapped due to lack of teams.

The tournament started with Easy Game 4U and Silent Boys coming out of pool play undefeated and earning the #1 seed in bracket competition.

2017 NFFAD 4x4 Pool
2017 NFFAD 4x4 Bracket

The bracket tournament was played in double-elimination format and Silent Boys advanced to the championship game defeating DMV Eagles 42-0, Recreational Team 14-8, and D.C. Senior Citizen 19-12.

Easy Game 4U was bounced from the championship bracket by D.C. Senior Citizen 22-13. Easy Game 4U then defeated BenJamin’ Squad #1 34-12 and Recreational Team 34-20 to set up a rematch with D.C. Senior Citizen in order to advance to the championship game. The rematch went to Easy Game 4U, 19-2 setting up a showdown between the two #1 seeds in the championship game.

In order for Easy Game 4U to win the championship, they would need to defeat Silent Boys twice. This was not the case as the Silent Boys silenced Easy Game 4U 20-6 to claim the 2017 NFFAD 4x4 Championship.

NFFAD has not announced the dates and location for the 2018 tournament. The committee is currently conducting a survey to plan for next year’s tournament. Visit NFFAD’s website here for more information on the 2017 tournament and survey.

2017 NFFAD Silen Boys 4x4 Champ
2017 NFFAD 4x4 Champions - Silent Boys. (L to R) Daniel Fava, Kevin Berrigan, Jason Coleman (Coach), Shawn Harrington, Todd Bonheyo, Stephen DaSilva. (Photo courtesy of NFFAD)

Local deaf coach inspires young football players

By Chris Singleton

Local football coach Devin DeHart refuses to let a hearing disability stop him from reaching out to young athletes.

DeHart, a 24-year-old Houma native, was born deaf, but he played football as young kid and remains close to the sport as a first-year assistant coach with the East Houma Steelers junior-varsity team (9-10 year old) in the Terrebonne Parish Recreation league.

DeHart uses sign language to signal in plays and communicate with the other coaches and players.

Read more: http://www.houmatoday.com/sports/20171105/local-deaf-coach-inspires-young-football-players

Source: Houma Today

Here’s why there are more questions than answers for struggling Charlotte 49ers

By David Scott

UNC-Charlotte 49ersIf games are close – and the 49ers have lost their first two C-USA games by an average of 6.0 points – then special teams can often come into play. Kicker Nigel Macauley has been anything but dependable, making just 2 of 7 field goal attempts (although one was tipped against Marshall). Arthur Hart has developed into one of the league’s top punters, averaging 42.9 yards per punt. His ability to drop the ball inside the 20 (he’s done it 10 times) is a valuable weapon.

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/college/article178751376.html

Source: The Charlotte Observer

Union football prepares for unique opponent in Gallaudet

By Ken Schott

Union CollegeSCHENECTADY — The Union College football team’s schedule features four first-time opponents. With that, it means learning more about them and more film study.

But the first-time team the Dutchmen face Saturday is different. They will be facing Gallaudet University at noon in Washington. Gallaudet’s team is almost entirely comprised of players who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Read more: https://dailygazette.com/article/2017/09/15/union-football-prepares-for-unique-opponent-in-gallaudet

Source: The Daily Gazette

What it’s like to be a player and coach for the country’s only deaf football team

By Mary Hui

GallaudetShelby Bean lives between two worlds.

As a hard-of-hearing football coach at D.C.’s Gallaudet University – the nation’s leading university for the deaf and hard of hearing – Bean constantly switches between the hearing world and the deaf world.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2017/09/15/what-its-like-to-be-a-player-and-coach-for-americas-only-deaf-football-team/?utm_term=.a328d10037a0

Source: The Washington Post

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