WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University women's basketball team will travel to the West Coast to take on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at the California School for the Deaf in Fremont, Calif., on Wednesday, Jan. 2, at 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The Bison will host a free basketball clinic for girls ages 7-to-18-years old prior to the game at the California School for the Deaf-Fremont from noon to 1:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time – PST).
This is the first time that the Gallaudet women's basketball team will compete on the California School for the Deaf-Fremont's campus.
"Were extremely excited for the trip because most of our student-athletes have never stepped foot in the state of California," said Gallaudet coach Stephanie Stevens. "It is going to be a tremendous experience both on and off the court. I know they have a great fan base at the California School for the Deaf-Fremont so we are looking forward to not only playing there, but also meeting some great new people."
The NorCal Gallaudet University Alumni Association (GUAA) will be hosting a meet and greet with GU Athletic Director Michael Weinstock from 4-6 p.m. (PST) at La Pinata (39136 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538) prior to the Jan. 2 game. Weinstock will have a presentation on the new upgraded athletic facilities and the overall success of Bison athletics.
The contest will wrap up a three-game West Coast road trip. The Bison will take on Whittier College on Dec. 29 and Williams College on Dec. 30, both games will tip at 5 p.m. EST hosted by Whittier. Williams was ranked No. 19 in the preseason D3hoops.com poll.
The Bison will stay in the dorms on the campus of the California School for the Deaf-Riverside for the first leg of the trip. While in Riverside the team will conduct a clinic from 2:30-4 p.m. PST on Thursday, Dec. 27, with a GUAA Cookout to follow from 4:30-7 p.m. The state of California has the highest population of deaf and hard of hearing indivudlas.
"The goal for our trip is to be able to inspire the deaf community with the Gallaudet spirit and the value that our school offers," said Stevens.
The GU women's basketball team is still fundraising for their upcoming trip. If you are interested in supporting the Bison on their trip to Calif. please e-mail Coach Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org.