WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University women's basketball head coach Stephanie Stevens along with several current and former student-athletes helped with the 4th annual National Deaf Girls Basketball Camp held at the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) in Frederick, Md., this past June 20-24. The camp was a great success as 48 female campers, ages 10-18, from seven different states participated during the week long camp.
For the third consecutive year the camp attended a Washington Mystics WNBA game at the Verizon Center where they hosted the Los Angeles Sparks. The campers participated in a pre-game ball exchange, halftime high-five tunnel as the WNBA players ran back onto the court and got to meet Washington's Emma Meesseman, who is hard of hearing, after the game and got a photo with her.
The NDGB camp spent a day at Gallaudet University as campers got to practice at the Field House and listen to Bison guest speakers Liza Offreda (women's soccer) and Stephon Healey (football/strength and conditioning). The campers enjoyed lunch on campus and learned more about the campus from the admissions office.
During the camp, counselors and coaches led practice stations and coached 5-on-5 games. Everyday the NDGB staff recognized Campers of the Day. The practice stations emphasized fundamentals like correct form, footwork, terminology and position work to name a few.
"This camp experience gave former and current players the opportunity to approach the game from another perspective. It allowed them the chance to explore the idea of teaching and coaching the game of basketball to younger kids," said Gallaudet women's basketball head coach Stephanie Stevens. "We want to give our sincere appreciation for MSD and its in-kind support to make the campers' visit at Gallaudet possible."
The 5th annual National Deaf Girls Basketball Camp will be held next summer at MSD. Dates for the camp will be announced at a later date.