Years after their time as college classmates, two prominent members of the Deaf community are reconnecting for a once-in-a-lifetime moment just ahead of this Sunday’s professional football grand finale in Houston.
Kriston Lee Pumphrey, the Deaf performer selected as the representative of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) to sign the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful” on the grand stage at this year’s professional football finale, will be visiting 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in The Woodlands on Saturday, Feb. 4 to receive pre-performance grooming services and reconnect with his former college classmate, John-Michael Stern.Stern, who is also Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing, is the salon’s owner.
To learn more, see The Woodlands Paper.
A partially-deaf North Texas high school football player will take the next step toward fulfilling his dream of playing college football when he signs his National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning.
Woodrow Wilson High School's Darrion "Speedy" Green announced his commitment to Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf in Washington D.C. The 3-star recruit was also considering SMU, New Mexico and New Mexico State.
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Taylor is one of four athletes from the Austin area now at Gallaudet. McNeil’s Julian Simons is a junior on the men’s swimming team, and teammate Niko Lutes-Stein is a freshman who grew up in Austin before moving to Washington D.C. to attend a deaf high school there. And another McNeil graduate, Jana Kiefer, is a junior on the women’s swimming team.
To read the full story, see the Austin American Statesman article.
Jared Kendall knew it wasn’t fair. So, he stayed. The Lubbock ISD sign language interpreter kept helping Nickolas Roman as he continued practicing for the Deaf Olympics even though Roman had already graduated from Coronado High School. I have been with him for four years and have gone the process of working with the coaches and we didn’t think it was fair to leave him cold and dry with out an interpreter he was familiar with,” Kendall said. “We didn’t want him to feel left. He is about to take this whole new world and he has gone through different interpreters before. It wouldn’t be fair to hire someone and have him go through the process right before he heads off to college (Gallaudet University).”
See the full story at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
A Lubbock teen has qualified to compete in the 2017 Deaflympics.
But, before Nickolas Roman does, he's going to use his swimming talents to compete at the collegiate level.
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