|US Deaf Women's National Team Training|
The US Deaf Women's National Team (USDWNT) has 2 training camps per year totaling 8 days. That is all. Thankfully, the team cherishes every second, cramming as much as we can in a few days; and this camp was no different. The goals of each training camp are:
|Chick-fil-A on Mars|
Tactically planned, our first meal was at Crepe Crazy. A delicious spot owned and operated by deaf business entrepreneurs. The place is always packed but the owners saved us a spot and donate 15% back to our team.
(For those that are new to this team. In accordance with international competition; all hearing devices must be removed for games; and that is how the team trains. Therefore, some players that wear hearing aids or cochlear implants and have not learned ASL struggle to communicate with those that use ASL only. check earlier posts if ya' want to know all the scoop; its' incredible)
|Local player, Faith Wylie and Lexie Cano get on the same page.|
Another key factor in a successful camp was the help. Katey Fawcett & Michael Harris drove from Oklahoma to pitch in once again. They trained the keepers, played in, kept score, made excellent equipment managers and kept track of all the equipment the University of Texas was kind to lend.
|Gracie (Left) and Casey (Right) in hot pursuit of Dane (Center)|
When we first met she and her dad in the hotel lobby, you could tell she was a player. Expectedly shy with 22 faces welcoming her, it was difficult to get that first grin. But when she stepped on the soccer field things changed. Running, smiling, sprinting to get every stray ball, jumping into a warm up game or simply watching.
Day ONE Malia wore her hair down, efficiently covering her hearing aids. Day TWO: Malia's hairstyle was the highest, tightest pony tail I had ever seen. Look at me! I am just like you and it's awesome!
By the end of camp Malia had touched everyone's hearts with her combo of courage, love of soccer and being a really great girl. An unspoken pact formed with the group. A hope that someday Malia finds herself wearing a similar red white and blue jersey.
|Ice Cream Stop with Malia: Meghan Maiwald, Kate Ward, Sydney Andrews, Joy Fawcett|
Next camp. This summer. When? Where? TBA, but possibly on a Dairy Farm, where the accommodations include some Elbow Greece and Work Ethic 101 to the tune of a 4:30 am wake up calls to caring for calves, cooking cleaning and soccer. Sport is life. :) Building leaders one chore at a time.
If we pull it off, one can only imagine what we are going to "step into" on this adventure!
Thanks to all who donated time, miles, money, points, energy to make this camp a great experience and affordable for the players.
If you would like to learn more about the team, please go to the following links. Most of the newer players that found out about the team is due to social media outreach.
|Signing in GK gloves... not the best idea.|