WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University women's basketball head coach Stephanie Stevens along with several student-athletes helped with this year's 3rd annual National Deaf Girls Basketball Camp held at the Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, Md., this past June. The camp was a terrific success as 53 female campers, ages 8-18, from 15 different states participated during the week long camp.
"Each year we notice the level of competition surge and numbers increase. Our camp support staff was tremendous with all of the energy and effort they put into giving each camper a great experience on and off the court," said Stevens. "We also want to thank our social media fan base for their wonderful spirit and support."
For the second consecutive year the camp attended a Washington Mystics WNBA game. The campers participated in a halftime high-five tunnel as the WNBA players ran back onto the court and got to meet Washington's Emma Meesseman, who is deaf, after the game and got a photo with her.
The NDGB staff would also like to thank the amazing guest speakers; Gallaudet University First Lady Vicki Hurwitz, Evon Black, Bridget Bonheyo, Tawny Holmes and Jeff Salit, who took time out of their busy schedules to share time with the campers.
Coach Stevens also participated in the Kay Yow Foundation's "Chillin 4 Charity" challenge that raises awareness for cancer research. Basketball coaches around the country have 48 hours to either pour ice water on themselves or donate $250 to the Kay Yow Foundation. If a coach answers the challenge they donate $50. Coach Stevens accepted the challenge from her friend, Sahar Nusseibeh (Assistant Coach at Bowling Green University), and got doused with ice water and donated to the Kay Yow Foundation.
The 4th annual National Deaf Girls Basketball Camp will be held next summer with dates and location to be announced at a later date.
The 2014 National Deaf Girls Basketball Camp took place from June 24-29 at MSD in Frederick, Md.
NDGB campers meet WNBA's Emma Meesseman after a Washington Mystics game in Washington, D.C.
Gallaudet women's basketball head coach Stephanie Stevens takes the plunge in the Chillin 4 Charity challenge