USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Team Leaders for two upcoming events which will take place in 2019: the 19th Winter Deaflympics and the 1st Youth Summer Deaflympics (https://www.deaflympics.com/calendar.asp). At this time, USADSF is waiting for further details pertaining dates and site locations for both events. In the meantime, the Board is proactively preparing for both events in the hopes Team USA will have the opportunity to compete.
Team Leader for the 1st Youth Summer Deaflympics:
Andrew Choate proudly hails from the Hoosier State where he graduated from Indiana School for the Deaf. As an athlete at ISD, Andy grew his love for deaf sports and international competitions. He traveled to the 2005 Deaflympics in Melbourne, Australia as an avid fan for Team USA. Andy currently has been serving as the Financial Officer for USA Deaf Volleyball since 2011. In this role, Andy planned and supported the 2011 Friendship Games at Gallaudet University that hosted teams from Canada, Japan, Russia, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Andrew again handled a large role in logistics and budget management for the Pan-American Games for the Deaf and World Deaf Volleyball Championships that were held at Gallaudet University during Summer 2016.
After the 2013 Deaflympics, Choate established the handball club team known as the D.C. Silencers with goals to improve their game skills and remain competitive for the next Summer Deaflympics. They participate in the Northeast Team Handball League (NTHL) and compete against other reputable team handball clubs locally and nationally.
Andy holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from Gallaudet University. He currently resides in Maryland with his wife, Kristina, who is a 4-time Deaflympian, with their two daughters and a third one on the way.
Team Leader for the 19th Winter Deaflympics:
Harvey Nathanson is currently employed at the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) as a Job Coach and an assistant football coach for the Varsity team. Harvey teaches ASL at Austin Community College and is involved with various organizations: Society of American Sign Language, Deaf History International, and others. Harvey’s personal connection with the Winter Deaflympics is through his brother who played for the Curling team at the 2015 Winter Deaflympics.
Harvey Nathanson was born in New York, but grew up in Minnesota. He attended two Deaf schools, Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD) and Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD). Harvey graduated with a BA and MA in ASL/Deaf Studies from Gallaudet University. Harvey has experienced living in a number of places; Minnesota, D.C., Maryland, California, and is currently hailing in Austin, Texas with his beautiful Deaf family and his daughter, Bridget is a Gallaudet University student, while his sons, Zarek and Zefan are currently students at TSD.
Harvey’s personal quote is, “To play for any sport team is a privilege and honorable.”