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Spartanburg Pro at Deaflympics

Lexington, KY  -- The Tennis Committee of the USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) has chosen its team to represent the United States in the upcoming 2013 Summer Deaflympics.  The Deaflympics are modeled after the Olympic Games.
The Deaflympic Games are built on 85 years of tradition. Organized since 1924 by the Comité International des Sports des Sourds, CISS (The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf), the first Summer Deaflympics were held in Paris. Winter Deaflympics were added in 1949. The Summer and Winter Deaflympics are sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, IOC.
From July 26 – August 4, the host city of Sofia, Bulgaria is expecting about 5,000 athletes from 80 countries to participate in 18 sports.  The Deaflympics are recognized by the International Olympic Committee and modeled after the Olympic Games.  Unlike the Paralympics and Special Olympics, there are no rule modifications or special classifications in the Deaflympics.  Visual cues, such as flashing lights, are the only adaptations made.  Athletes with a hearing loss of 55 decibels or greater in their better ear are eligible to participate in international competition for the deaf.
Selected Team USA male and female tennis players will participate in single elimination events of singles, doubles and mixed doubles against the world’s best players.  Elite players and experienced leaders selected for Team USA are listed in the table below.  Feel free to contact each individual for more information that is relevant to your story or regional affiliation.
Name & Email
USA Deaf Tennis Function
Athletic Background
Howard Gorrell
Dayton, OH
Tennis Leader
1969 & 1973 USA Deaflympian (Track & Field), USA Deaf Tennis director since 1978
Katie Mancebo
Spartanburg, SC
Head Coach
played tennis at University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, coached at Covenant College & Wofford College, currently Head Tennis Pro at Spartanburg Athletic Club, USPTR member
Daniel Hangstefer
Signal Mountain, TN
played #1 for Lipscomb University, Assistant Coach – Midwestern State University (men & women)
Richard Noel
Indianapolis, IN
1989 USA Deaflympian (Track & Field), tennis member at Indianapolis West Tennis Club
Javier Molinar
Corpus Christi, TX
former Sul Ross University tennis player, won conference Doubles Championship
Emily Hangstefer
Signal Mountain, TN
Played #1 for University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, was nationally ranked in USTA Juniors
Jennifer Woyahn
Palatine, IL
All-Conference player at University of Wisconsin –Whitewater, 2009 USA Deaflympian (Tennis)
Laura Chapman
Columbus, GA
currently playing at Columbus State University, just completed sophomore year as team lost in NCAA DII (round of 16)
Brad Minns
Orlando, FL
Honorary Coach
Played #1 at University of Toledo from 83-87. Gold medalist at World Games for the Deaf in 1985 & 1997, Member of 1995 Dresse Cup (Davis Cup equivalent) Championship team. 25 year member PTR. 1995 PTR Player of the year. current Resident Tennis Professional & Personal Trainer (Orlando, FL), accomplished author & motivational speaker
The Summer Deaflympics are among the fastest growing sporting events and are held every four years.  They are the longest running multi-sport event excluding the Olympics themselves.  The first games, held in Paris in 1924, were also the first ever-international sporting event for athletes with a disability.   Beginning as a small gathering of 148 athletes from nine European nations competing in the event originally known as "International Silent Games" in Paris, France, in 1924; the Deaflympics have grown into a global movement.  The Deaflympic Winter Games were added in 1949.
Unlike Olympians, Paralympians and deaf tennis players from other countries, USA Tennis athletes are without financial aid from sporting organizations or sponsors. Lack of formal financial aid for these USA Deaf Tennis athletes represents significant challenges in performing their own fundraising to help defray costs for uniforms, traveling expenses, training camp, meals and lodging while training for the upcoming Games.
For those looking to assist these players in their "Quest for the Gold", contributions to a dedicated fundraising site at http://www.razoo.com/team/2013-Sofia-Games-Usa-Tennis-Athletes will help these elite athletes realize their Deaflympic dreams!  All or part of your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please check with your tax advisor.
For more information about the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD), 2013 Sofia Deaflympics, USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) or USA Deaf Tennis, please visit the following sites:
USA Deaf Sports Federation is tax-exempt under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code; Member of United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as a Community-Based Multisport  Organization; Member of Pan American Deaf Sports Federation (PANAMDES) and International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD)
ICSD is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as a Sport for Athletes with a Disability and is the governing body of Summer and Winter Deaflympics.  PANAMDES is an ICSD regional confederation.



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