February 5, 2015
There was a story I happened to catch on the sports news about a high school basketball team who has welcomed two players that are deaf (see: A Great Team). The story explained how the players have interpreters who listen for the coach’s instructions and sign language them to the players. The players talked about their need to always be on alert as they play, watching for the coach’s lips to be moving and then making sure they can see the interpreter to learn what is being said. It seems they need to work twice as hard as the hearing players, yet they absolutely loved being a part of the team.
It was a heartwarming story, that included a cheerleader who is also hearing impaired. It reminded me of how fortunate I am to have five keen senses...and how much I take them for granted at times.