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National Tournament Meeting Update


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(At the beginning and at the end is a group photo of many adults indoors in front of school logo banner showing in red text “csdrathletics.com” and brown Cub logo in multiple locations on white background. The video proceeds with a close up of three people in front of the same background: Standing at left in a blue polo is a tall broad chested man with light skin, bald head, a short beard and moustache. Standing in the middle is a woman with a light tan, medium blond hair, wearing a red long-sleeved shirt with a tan Riverside Cub logo, who begins to speak first in ASL. Standing at the right is a slender man with light skin, short strawberry blond hair, wearing a black Nike polo shirt with the Indiana Orioles logo.)


Nancy Hlibok Amann:

Hi, I'm Nancy Hlibok Amann, school site superintendent for California School for the Deaf Riverside. Wow, I feel so good right now for the past couple days with six schools and I'll tell you why the six in just a moment. Here are six schools that typically engage in the national tournaments. The six chartered schools host a variety of tournaments, such as Hoy, Clerc Classic, Berg Seeger, you name it. We realized that there was a need to convene and have the opportunity to dialogue about a list of things that we truly value. We want to see the tradition of high school athletics continue and keep it strong. To make this happen, we decided to host six school site superintendents and six athletic directors. This is the first time that the twelve of us have been together in the same room, and it was quite inspiring. We had two phenomenal facilitators, Laurene Simms and Jeff Lewis, and with the two of them together, we had an outstanding dialogue! The six schools were Indiana School for the Deaf, Fremont, Texas, MSSD, Maryland, and Riverside. I'd like to introduce these two gentlemen who are standing with me here today and who had helped make these two days very pleasant and outstanding. We value the importance of academics and sports for our high school students, not just for our six schools, but for all deaf schools nationwide throughout the United States. I'd like to introduce Chris Hamilton, athletic director for Texas School for

the Deaf.

Chris Hamilton:

Hello everyone. Yes, in the last two days, we talked at great length and recognized some sensitive issues. We were all in agreement that we need to come up with an action plan, and we did. We will follow through with this action plan. Truly we are looking forward to seeing this come to fruition and thrilled to have the opportunity to work with all six superintendents and athletic directors in one room. Thank you, Nancy, for making this happen.

Nancy Hlibok Amann:

Sure, you're welcome. Thank you for saying that. And here is the superintendent for Indiana School for the Deaf, David Geeslin.

David Geeslin:

Right, thank you to Nancy for hosting this meeting. It's really appreciative. It was quite successful with the level of thought not just for our six schools but for all deaf children, all the students nationwide. Bottom line is that the goal is to see deaf students thrive ultimately in their academics and sports. We are here for the students, so thank you again for making this happen, truly.

Nancy Hlibok Amann:

Thank you, it's my pleasure. And one additional thing, I just wanted to add in terms of

the action plan. We will be sharing that information via vlog and email. It's important to keep an eye on NDIAA on their website. You can also take a look at their Facebook page to learn more about what NDIAA is doing for all deaf schools throughout the United States. Thank you so much.

Chris Hamilton:

Thank you.


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