USA Deaf Sports Federation Together We Win Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:46:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 102157319 USA Bowling Captures Bronze in the Team Event at the 2019 World Deaf Bowling Championships! Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:46:33 +0000 MOteam_usa_bronze.jpg

USA poses with the Team Bowling Bronze medal at the 2019 World Deaf Bowling Championships in Taoyuan City, Chinese Taipei (Photo courtesy of Terence Yaw / Chinese Taipei Sports Association of the Deaf)  

Written by Robert Ellison, USA Deaf Bowling 

TAOYUAN CITY, CHINESE TAIPEI—Team USA captured the Bronze Medal at the 4th World Deaf Bowling Championships in Chinese Taipei, held from August 1 to 12, 2019 at Da Taoyuan Bowling in Taoyuan City.

The bowling championship started with official practices on August 1st and with official practice and an opening ceremony August 2nd. We will have singles competition will start the next morning. One hundred eighty bowlers from 27 countries competed for medals in singles, doubles, trios, team, all-events and Masters competition. 

Pierre Bocquet of Denmark defeated Kim Teck Han of South Korea to capture the Gold. In the Men’s Masters, Han defeated Germany’s Duda 2-1 to capture the Gold. John Wukasch was the top-performing American, who finished 32nd in the Singles standings and had a combined average of 200.71 over all rounds.

However, the Americans’ chemistry proved strong and things fell together in the Team competition, where the Americans qualified for the semifinals but fell to South Korea, the eventual world champions by a score of 212-178.

Team USA is comprised of the following bowlers: Robert Ellison, Alpine, CA; John Wukasch, Conroe, TX; Tim Estes, Tacoma, WA; Robby Pyper, Las Vegas, NV; Corey Blackwell, Kansas City, KS; and Phillip Smith, Oakland, CA. 

The World Deaf Bowling Championships is a combined event – men and women – something that happens every four years. The last World Men’s Championships took place in Bologna, Italy in 2015.  For more information about the 2019 World Championships, visit the event website.


USA Men’s Team is comprised of Robert Ellison, Alpine, CA; John Wukasch, Conroe, TX; Tim Estes, Tacoma, WA; Robby Pyper, Las Vegas, NV; Corey Blackwell, Kansas City, KS; and Phillip Smith, Oakland, CA.

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2005 Deaflympian Jon Kessel Describes the Impact of Supporting Our Athletes Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:18:28 +0000

Jon Kessel, a wrestler with team USA for the 2005 Deaflympics (Melbourne) shares his thoughts on the impact of supporting our athletes.
TRANSCRIPT: Hello, I’m Jon Kessel; I was a Deaflympian myself, in 2005, when I wrestled for the US. Looking back now, I can say it was an amazing experience. I felt like the wrestling team was like a family and I hold them dear to my heart. Today, even though I haven’t been in touch with many of my former teammates, we still have that bond.
There’s one thing I want to say about raising funds. It’s very important to us because this allows our athletes to set aside their financial worries so they can focus on their training.
They would be able to get stronger physically, become more mentally sharp and put in the preparation it takes to bring home these gold medals to the USA!
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Ways to Support USADSF Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:11:11 +0000

Thank you for considering supporting USA Deaf Sports Federation. For over 75 years, USADSF has proudly produced national champions, international record-breakers and Deaflympic medalists in the everlasting pursuit of Olympic and Deaflympic values. USADSF is an affiliated Multi-Sport Organization of the United States Olympic Committee.  

There are several ways you can give:

First, you can give online at

Second, you can send a check to US Deaf Sports Federation. Send to P.O. Box 22011, Santa Fe, NM 87502.  

Did you know that you can also do in-kind gifts? Instead of giving money to buy needed goods and services, the goods and services themselves are given.  For example, airline miles or tickets, apparel, equipment, training, food and facilities for fundraising events or meetings. 

Also, you or the place where you work can give a matching gift.  There are opportunities to sponsor as well. 

If you have questions about any of these options, contact us: (point down-don’t sign the email address):  

Again, thank you for your support of USADSF and the elite deaf and hard of hearing athletes we represent.  

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Learn about USADSF’s Planned Giving Program! Thu, 15 Aug 2019 12:06:10 +0000

There are many different ways to support the mission of USADSF. Planned giving is a great way to support of USADSF in the future. Not only do you have options for how your gifts will be used, you also have options on what to give and how to give. There are gifts that cost you nothing now, gifts that pay you income, and gifts that allow you to decide what happens when.

For example, you can name USADSF as a beneficiary of Retirement Plans, Life Insurance, Brokerage Accounts or any other plan with a beneficiary designation. To do so, simply contact your plan provider for a change of beneficiary form.

Another option is to leave a bequest within your will.  One reason people may wish to change their will is to include gifts to the organizations and places you care about.  A bequest can be as simple as including a statement in your will such as: 

“I give to US Deaf Sports Federation, PO BOX 22011, Santa Fe, NM  87502, Federal Tax Identification Number 52-6044700 ___________________Dollars ($___________).” 

The information on our website and in this message is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult your attorney or tax advisor.

If you have any questions, please contact us:

Thank you for being a part of Team USA and we hope you will continue to support Deaf athletes as they strive to represent the best USA competitors, both home and abroad.


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An Update From Our Director of Development, Jeff Wolfe Thu, 01 Aug 2019 12:00:25 +0000
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TRANSCRIPT: Hello, I’m Jeff Wolfe and I’m the Director of Development at USADSF. Ever since I joined USADSF, I have taken notice and am impressed by our leadership team. Also, I am inspired by the many great,i nspiring stories from the Deaflympians. US elite deaf athletes are truly some of the most amazing people. It’s an honor to do my work in supporting these champions.

I want to encourage you to join me in supporting these deaf and hard of hearing athletes.These athletes work so hard to proudly represent the United States. How can you support them?You can go to our home page and click on “Donate”. If you think that your company would like to sponsor,you can contact me and I will send you a quick link for your company to review the terms.You can sign up for our newsletter by clicking on “Get Involved” on our website. We are so grateful for our supporters!

We are planning several fundraising events around different U.S. cities so be sure to sign up for the newsletter to stay informed or follow us on social media.I hope to meet many of you in the coming months.Thank you and enjoy the rest of your summer!

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AHIHA Holds USA Hockey Coaching Clinics for 2nd Year Wed, 17 Jul 2019 07:00:16 +0000

CHICAGO, IL—For the second consecutive year, AHIHA has hosted USA Hockey Coaching Clinics at the Stan Mikita Hockey School this past June. The Clinics are part of an effort by the organization to increase the number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing coaches in the country. Nineteen Coaches attended the USA Disabled Hockey Coaches Clinic.

Congratulations to Bobby, Jimmy, Rich, Brian and Kyle for receiving their Level 1 Certification. Congratulations to AHIHA’s new USA Hockey Level 2 coaches, Jessica Goldberg, Hannah Garcia, Carey Siegel, Elijah Gold and Mark Pryor. Special thanks to Amy LaPoe and Doug Dietz for leading the clinics. 

Newly-certified USA Hockey Level 1 Coaches with instructor Amy LaPoe (Photo courtesy AHIHA)
Newly certified USA Hockey Level 2 Coaches with instructor Doug Dietz (Photo courtesy AHIHA)

For more on how to obtain your coaching certification, please visit and contact Kanella Diakoumis ( for information about the next coaching clinic at AHIHA.

Sue Burnes Joins USADSF as Administrative Assistant Mon, 15 Jul 2019 08:00:19 +0000

USA Deaf Sports Federation is pleased to announce that Sue Burnes has joined the office staff as a part-time Administrative Assistant. She brings a wealth of experience of administrative duties, including 7 years as an administrative assistant for ICSD (International Committee of Sports for the Deaf), under the leadership of past Executive Director and current USADSF Board member Tiffany Williams. Burnes helped ensure the smooth operation of past Winter and Summer Deaflympic Games, coordinated office correspondences with ICSD member countries, and served on the ICSD audiogram commission. At USADSF, Burnes will provide key operational support to to ensure that Deaf and Hard of Hearing athletes competing on national teams and in the Deaflympics are well-prepared for competition. She is a proud New Englander and currently resides in Frederick, Maryland.

EJ Brumm and Patricia Lopez Capture U.S. Deaf Golf Championships Mon, 15 Jul 2019 00:13:49 +0000
EJ Brumm, pictured here during the 2016 World Deaf Golf Championships, captured his second U.S. Deaf Golf Championship this past week at the Lyman Orchards Golf Club (Photo Courtesy U.S. Deaf Golf Association)

MIDDLEFIELD, CT—With the Jones course of the Lyman Orchards Golf Club as the backdrop, golfer EJ Brumm of Missouri shot a 70 in the final round of the U.S. Deaf Golf Championships to edge McGowin Miller of Alabama by a single stroke to win his second U.S. Deaf Golf Championship. Brumm was also victorious twenty-one years ago in the 1998 U.S. Deaf Golf Championships.

Brumm, who led after two rounds, was overtaken by Miller in the third round, and the two men went head-to-head over the entire week. However, in the final round, the Missouri native overcame a solid 72 by Miller with a tournament-best 70 during the final round. Brumm finished with 302 strokes to Miller’s 303 to hoist the championship. 

EJ Brumm receives his Championship jug during the awards ceremony (Photo courtesy: U.S. Deaf Golf Association)

The tournament also served as a qualifier for the 2020 World Deaf Golf Championships, to be held at the Forest of Arden Country Club in Birmingham, England from August 7 to 15, 2020. Along with Brumm and Miller, Michael Mabashov, Gregory Frank, Dano Aldaz, and Pono Tokioka qualified for the World Championships.

Qualifiers for the 2020 World Deaf Golf Championships: (Left to right) EJ Brumm, McGowin Miller, Michael Mabashov, Gregory Frank, Dano Aldaz, Pono Tokioka (Photo courtesy U.S. Deaf Golf Association)

In the women’s tournament, Patricia Lopez of Colorado won the Championship with a total score of 340 strokes, with Susan Zupnik finishing second. Melissa Stockton, Mary Bachtel, and Marie Benson also qualified for the 2020 World Championships.   

Patricia Lopez receives her Championship jug during the awards ceremony (Photo courtesy U.S. Deaf Golf Association)
Women’s qualifiers for the 2020 World Deaf Golf Championships: (Left to right) Patricia Lopez, Susan Zupnik, Melissa Stockton, Mary Bachtel. Not pictured: Marie Benson (Photo courtesy U.S. Deaf Golf Association)

In the Seniors division, Keith Worek of New York won with a combined total of 315 strokes. Gerald Isobe of Hawaii clinched the Super Seniors division with 324 strokes. The top five scores of both the Seniors and Super Seniors divisions combined qualified for the 2020 World Championships. Along with Worek and Isobe, Timothy Dapp and Thomas Perkins qualified. John Vaughn defeated Michael Finneran in a sudden-death playoff to secure the final qualifying spot. 

Keith Worek of New York poses with the Senior division trophy (Photo courtesy U.S. Deaf Golf Association)
Hall of Famer Gerald Isobe of Hawaii poses with the Super Seniors trophy (Photo courtesy U.S. Deaf Golf Association)

Full results are available here.

USADSF Mourns the Passing of Don Boyer Sun, 14 Jul 2019 20:59:51 +0000 FREDERICK, MD—Don Boyer, five-time coach of the United States Deaflympic Track and Field team, passed away on Saturday July 13 after a years-long battle with Lewy body dementia. He was 75. 

For over five decades, Don Boyer has been a fixture on the Frederick County’s track and field scene (Photo courtesy YMCA of Frederick County)

The legendary coach, whose career spanned half a century, is known for a competitive spirit complemented by compassion. Over his coaching career, which started at the Governor Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, MD, and later Middletown High School, his tutelage has impacted over 5,000 athletes, including 76 individual state champions, 18 relay state champions, 10 team state titles, and six cross-country team titles and one indoor track state title. He also coached the Deaflympic team in 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001, and 2005. 

As an athlete, Boyer ran for the University of Maryland, where he ran the 400-meter dash in 48.8 seconds and the 800 in 1 minute, 53.1 seconds. Even at 45 years old, he is said to have run a sub-2:20 in the 800 meters. 

Thomas Withrow, USA Deaf Track and Field President remarked, “USA Deaf Track and Field has lost a great coach and friend in Don Boyer, who was well liked by athletes and coaches. Through five Deaflympics, Don’s dedication to the team has made an indelible mark on our community. We wish his wife, Sharon much comfort and love.”

An article in the Frederick News-Post cites an entry posted online by Boyer’s son, Monte, that said, “Appropriately, this was the most beautiful day possible. At just before 4 [p.m.] Middletown time, Dad completed his race surrounded by Mom [his wife, Sharon], Donna [his daughter], Dennis [his son-in-law] and Monte. 

USA Deaf Sports Federation is grateful for the impact Don Boyer created over fifty years in the track and field community. 

2019 Winter Deaflympics Ice Hockey Team Announced Sun, 14 Jul 2019 19:37:25 +0000
USA Men’s Deaflympic Hockey team seeks to follow a gold medal in the 2017 World Deaf Ice Hockey Championship with a successful run at the 2019 Winter Deaflympics.

EVANSTON, IL – The American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA) is pleased to release the 23-man roster that will represent the U.S. and compete in the 19th Winter Deaflympics. Hosted under the purview of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf, the Deaflympics will take place December 12 – 21, 2019, in Valtellina Valchiavenna, Italy. 

“We’re excited about our team and their pride in representing the United States at the Deaflympics,” said head coach Joe Gotfryd. “The team is prepared for the high level of competition that we will face in this tournament. We will be competing in Italy with one goal, winning a gold medal.” 

Of the 23 players rostered, 16 are returnees from previous international competitions, including the U.S. teams that won a bronze medal at the 2015 Deaflympics held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, and a gold medal at the 2017 World Championships in Amherst, New York. This year’s team ranges in age from 16 to 34 and hail from 14 states. 

 19th Winter Deaflympics – USA Ice Hockey Team 

Name | Height, Weight | Age | Position |Hometown 
Curran Allison* | 6’–1″, 160 | 22 |Goalie | Laguna Niguel, CA
Tyler Balcerak |5’–10″, 200 | 18 | Defense | Elgin, IL
Troy Benson* |6’–3″, 196 | 29 | Forward | Henderson, NC
Christian Buczek* | 5’–10″, 170 | 22 | Defense | Hamburg, NY  
Max Finley* |6’–1″, 180 | 25 | Forward | Peoria, IL
Henry Fusco* |5’– 9″, 140 | 18 | Forward | White Bear Lake, MN
Miles Gates* |6’–2″, 218 | 30 | Defense | Erie, PA
Garrett Gintoli* |6’– 2″, 160 | 22 | Forward | Shelton, CT
Peter Gintoli* |5’–8″, 175 | 27 | Forward | Shelton, CT
William “Bill” Holtzer 5’–10″, 160 | 16 | Forward | Akron, OH
Sam Holzrichter* |5’–10″, 150 | 22 | Forward | Sioux City, IA
Scott Humes* |6’–3″, 215 | 23 | Forward | Columbus, OH
Grant Isenbarger* |6’–2″, 180 | 25 | Forward | Ft. Wayne, IN
Ryne Krueger* |6’–2″, 165 | 21 | Defense | Barrington, IL
Danny Kurchena* |6’–2″, 195 | 22 | Forward | Rutland, VT
Anders Lindgren |5’–11″, 170 | 20 |Forward | Saint Anne, IL
Jeff Mansfield* |6’–1″, 190 | 34 | Goalie | Arlington, MA
Trevor McHugh |6’–2″, 150 | 18 | Goalie | Montclair, VA
T.J. Oricchio* |5’–11″, 160 | 22 | Defense | Plattsburgh, NY
Luke Peinado |5’–7″, 140 | 16 | Defense | Winnetka, IL
Jake Schlereth |5′-9″, 175 | 18 | Forward | Fenton, MO
Max Stephens |5’–10″, 155 | 17 | Defense | Medford, MA
Derek Struwing* |5’–9″, 165 | 21 | Forward | Bartlett, IL 
*Previous international team experience

Kevin Delaney, AHIHA President, Evanston, IL 
Richard Dumas, General Manager, Bloomfield Hills, MI 
Brad Finley, General Manager, Peoria, IL 
Joe Gotfryd, Head Coach, Brookfield, IL 
Ben Johnson, Assistant Coach, Ely, MN 
Tony McGaughey, Assistant Coach, Holbrook, MA 
Larry Sterczek, Assistant Coach, Wheeling, IL
Dave Zimmerman, Assistant Coach, Devils Lake, ND 
Mike Bracko, Ed.D., Skating & Conditioning, Calgary, Alberta 
James Leonard, MD, Team Physician, Western Springs, IL 
Rob Malnory, Equipment Manager, Madison, WI 
Brian Swatek, Equipment Manager, Prospect Heights, IL 
Weylan Deboard, Video/Equipment, San Antonio, TX 
Jennifer Maulding, Interpreter, Naperville, IL 
Jana Swenson, Interpreter, Minneapolis, MN 

The team operates under the guidelines of USA Hockey and the USA Deaf Sports Federation. To qualify, athletes must have a hearing loss of at least 55 dB in their “better ear.” Hearing aids, cochlear implants and the like are not allowed during competition to ensure all athletes play on the same level. 

AHIHA funds the team through private donations as well as support from the USA Hockey Foundation. Donations to help team expenses can be made at or mailed to the organization at 9345 Harding Ave., Evanston, IL 60203-1320. 

About the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA): AHIHA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is one of the leading sports organizations in the U.S. serving deaf and hard of hearing athletes. Founded in 1973 by National Hockey League Hall of Fame member Stan Mikita and businessman Irv Tiahnybik, AHIHA supports deaf and hard of hearing athletes to develop confidence and self-esteem while building life skills through the game of hockey. To learn more about AHIHA, please visit 

For information about the 2019 Winter Deaflympics

2019 USA Deaflympic Ice Hockey Roster (Image courtesy AHIHA)