Effective August 1, 2016, Karl Reddy of Ridgefield, Washington, is now the Chair of Deaf Tennis of USA. Karl will work on getting Deaf Tennis of USA incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. He will also focus on development of the 2017 USA Tennis Team for the 2017 Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey.
Currently, Karl is the Chief Executive Officer of Tilikum, a social service and community advocacy service agency covering the states of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon, directly serving Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened individuals.
Karl was born in South Africa, which has a rich tradition of the sport of tennis. He participated in tennis, swimming, track & field, basketball, and recreational soccer. After graduating in International Business from Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.), Karl pursued further studies in Special Education at the University of South Africa, and was employed as the Project Manager of World Deaf Leadership – South Africa, with a partnership between the Deaf Federation of South Africa, Gallaudet University, and the Nippon Foundation of Japan. Besides project management, Karl has been coaching and a teacher of Physical Education in various sports; and as well as a Teacher of the Deaf. Karl is very familiar with the Deaflympics process since he was involved with the National Sports Organization of South Africa in identifying and selecting athletes for its 2005 Summer Deaflympic Team.
After obtaining his Green Card status in 2005, Karl relocated to the United States and gained more experience in the Deaf Culture by working at different institutions. Karl has since become a US Citizen in 2010. He is married to Susan Steers and is a father to three active boys.
Together, USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) and Deaf Tennis of USA warmly welcome Karl Reddy with great anticipation and excitement to help revive the Deaf Tennis program.