Full transcript and links to video of CBS Evening News feature on Gallaudet women's basketball
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In case you missed the original airing of CBS Evening News with Katie Couric on Friday, January 28, when the Gallaudet University women's basketball team was featured as part of the "American Spirit" segment you can now view the videos with or without captioning. Plus a complete transcript is now available for your viewing pleasure.
CBS News reporter Wyatt Andrews came out to practice on Thursday, January 27, to interview Coach Kevin Cook along with four of the Bison players in seniors Easter Faafiti (Pittsburg, Calif.), Nukeitra Hayes (Anderson, Ind.), junior Andrea Amati (Frederick, Md.) and freshman Stephanie Weiss (Wellington, Fla.). The CBS crew stayed for the remainder of the practice. The feature shows footage from Sunday's thrilling 51-48 victory over SUNYIT at home.
If you missed the original airdate of the feature you can watch it online here: http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7295030n&tag=channelMore%3Bvid
The captioned video of the story can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkJj_rsZnQk&feature=player_embedded
Andrews also wrote a story about the team for the CBS Evening News website. You can read the article here: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/01/28/eveningnews/main7294808.shtml?tag=cbsnewsLeadStoriesArea
Below is the transcript of the story for your viewing pleasure.
Deaf Basketball Team's Amazing Comeback
By Wyatt Andrews, CBS Evening News
Harry Smith, CBS Anchor (Intro): Everyone loves a comeback story and this one is pretty amazing. A basketball team that just three years ago lost a game by 75 points is now ranked No. 20 in its division and hasn't lost a game. Along the way, Wyatt Andrews reports the players overcame some significant obstacles with "The American Spirit."
Wyatt Andrews, CBS Reporter (Voiceover): With his team trailing and time running out last Sunday, Gallaudet Coach Kevin Cook didn't think his players would win…
Team Huddle Coach Kevin Cook: "We are fine, we know what we are doing"
Andrews (Voiceover): He knew they would. Gallaudet did win 51-48 to stay undefeated at 16-0. It's remarkable when every member of this team is either deaf or hard of hearing but Cook says forget that. All he sees are tough athletes who have willed themselves to win.
Kevin Cook, Gallaudet head coach: "M.T.X.E."
Cook: Mental toughness, extra effort. When we face any adversity they just find a way.
Andrews (Voiceover): And by the way, Coach Cook himself is battling Parkinson's disease.
Cook: "You know at a stressful time it will really be like this (shakes hand)."
Andrews (Voiceover): Which means when the tension is highest, Cook's shaking left hand stops him from calling plays in sign language. His assistants do that for him. The delay he says costs his team some six points a game but to the players it's just another obstacle to knock down.
Nukeitra Hayes, Gallaudet senior: "It doesn't bother us at all. He is just a coach that knows his stuff and we respect that."
Andrews (Standup): If you think that it is a disadvantage when the entire team can't hear the coach change a play or hear the referees whistle, that just makes this team smile. They enjoy being underestimated.
Easter Faafiti, Gallaudet senior: "Sometimes I get really upset, but you know what I don't need to talk to you I can just show you on the basketball floor."
Cook: "I tell our group, yeah you know it's not fair. It's not fair that you are deaf. It's not fair that you are hard of hearing. I don't think it's fair that I have Parkinson's, but this is life guys and we are going to fight everything and we are going fight everything together."
Andrews (Voiceover): And now they have fought to 16-0. The coach that can't stop shaking and the team that can't hear are unbeaten on the court by another team but they are unbeaten in life by choice. Wyatt Andrews CBS News Washington.
About The American Spirit segment
The American Spirit embodies the heart and soul of America. CBS News looks for people who are inspiring, helping, working towards, or having a positive impact on the lives of other people. The American Spirit airs Wednesdays and Fridays on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.