SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO – The USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.
For over 70 years, the USADSF has produced national champions, international record-breakers and Deaflympic medalists, all in the everlasting pursuit of excellence. On Tuesday, join us in continuing that legacy by supporting the next generation of athletes.
“We have been incredibly inspired by the hard work, dedication, and immense sacrifices our deaf and hard of hearing athletes have put in the name of our country and Olympic values and ideals,” said President Danny Lacey, who started his term this month, adding, “I look forward to seeing our communities come together during this holiday season to support our athletes in their pursuit of Deaflympic excellence and show the power of sport. Together We Win.”
Those who are interested in joining the USADSF’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit http://usdeafsports.org/givingtuesday or donate through the organization’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/usadsf/. For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website (http://www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTues and the #GivingTuesday hashtag on social media.
About USA Deaf Sports Federation
USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) serves as the national governing body of deaf sport organizations in the United States. Its purpose is to regulate the rules of competition for affiliated organizations, facilitate the participation of US teams in international deaf competitions, and promote human rights and equity through sports.
In sports, hearing loss creates disadvantages that are not as obvious as others, which means deaf athletes are prone to experiencing difficulties because their needs are easily overlooked or forgotten. Deaf athletes benefit from adaptations that are specific to their needs, such as the use of a light flashing system instead of starting guns or buzzers, and having officials employ hand signals and flags instead of whistles. Full access to communication is also a critical factor in the success of any athlete.
In deaf sports, all needs are met and all participants have full access to communication. Deaf sport organizations provide opportunities for athletes with hearing loss to compete among their peers at recreational, amateur or master levels.
Additionally, there are athletes who find deaf sport events to be the first or only opportunity to interact with other deaf people. The shared interest in sports brings together all kinds of D/deaf, hard of hearing, hearing impaired people and creates new opportunities for friendship and networking within the greater deaf and hard of hearing community. Playing among peers fosters a sense of solidarity and a feeling of camaraderie that is priceless.
In its over 70 years of existence, the USADSF has produced national champions, international record-breakers and Deaflympic medalists, all in the everlasting pursuit of excellence.
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#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.
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