WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University women's basketball head coach Stephanie Stevens along with several current and former student-athletes helped with the 6th annual National Deaf Girls Basketball (NDGB) Camp held at the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) in Frederick, Md., this past June 15-19. This was the best camp in its six-year history. There were 46 female campers, ages 10-18, from all over the country who participated during the week long camp.
NDGB joined forces this year with Ballology and the Gallaudet women's basketball program to led fundamental stations and footwork development while coaching 3-on-3 teams. The camp experience gave campers the opportunity to approach the game from the eyes of the staff and coaches. Staff had the chance to explore the idea of teaching and coaching the game of basketball to deaf female athletes.
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 was our best camp yet," said Stevens. "We want to give a special thanks to Gallaudet Admissions for providing a lunch, thanks to MSD's in-kind support to host the camp and a special thank you to Jon Mowl and Ballology for their participation. Plus, we couldn't of done this without our amazing support staff."
For the fifth consecutive year the camp attended a Washington Mystics WNBA game at the Verizon Center where they hosted the Dallas Wings. 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 some Mystic players after the game.
The 7th annual National Deaf Girls Basketball Camp will be held next June 2018 at MSD. Finalized dates for the camp will be announced at a later date.