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From last to winning: the story of a deaf team

What the American football team at the California School for the Deaf in Riverside is demonstrating is the most classic demonstration of how a difficulty can turn into an opportunity for improvement and success, even in a sport where the noises derived from fighting between players are an integral part of the game. For seven seasons the Cubs team had always lost, and often their opponents had humiliated them not only in the game but in the words they used to refer to them.

But this season they are undefeated and are two games away from winning the championship. That would be the first time in 68 years.

They are coached by the school’s physical education teacher, Keith Adams, a deaf, burly, effervescent man whose two deaf sons are also on the team. The Cubs have become a fast, hard-hitting team. Their weapon is a system of coded hand signals between close-knit teammates and coaches that confounds opponents with its speed and effectiveness.

In a part of California that suffered greatly during the pandemic with high unemployment and more than 5,000 deaths, the Cubs’ excellence lifted the school and the surrounding community.

The team’s success broke the die-hard stereotype that deafness is something you can’t overcome in soccer. Adams, applied his philosophy to this group of athletes that what might be thought of as a limitation can be an advantage. Through this approach, rigorous training and a group of talented young men who were already playing together at lower levels, he built a winning team.

Coaches also say deaf players have enhanced their vision by making them more attentive to game movements. As a result, they gain a better sense of their opponents’ positioning.

On Friday night, the Cubs beat the Desert Christian Knights, 84-12.

Surf, skateboard and parkour: sport as a life style

In recent years there has been a huge explosion of non-traditional sports to be practiced on the streets and on the walls of the cities with a strong emotional impact for young practitioners. The main one is parkour, meaning “fighter track” that consists in moving from one point to another as efficiently as possible with all forms of movement.

Parkour.NET to preserve parkour’s philosophy against sport competition and rivalry. In the words of Erwan LeCorre: “Competition pushes people to fight against others for the satisfaction of a crowd and/or the benefits of a few business people by changing its mindset. Parkour is unique and cannot be a competitive sport unless it ignores its altruistic core of self development. If parkour becomes a sport, it will be hard to seriously teach and spread parkour as a non-competitive activity. And a new sport will be spread that may be called parkour, but that won’t hold its philosophical essence anymore.” Red Bull’s sponsored athlete for parkour, Ryan Doyle, has said, “Sometimes people ask, ‘Who is the best at parkour?’ and it is because they don’t understand what Parkour is; ‘Who is the best?’ is what you would say to a sport, and Parkour is not a sport, it is an art, it’s a discipline.

David Belle, is considered the founder of Parkour , and the idea of ​​this activity that combines athletic and acrobatic gymnastics came to George Hebert, who before World War I, promoted a type of physical activity based on that of the native Africans. But in the promotion of forms of physical activity such as real lifestyles, surfers in California were those from the ’60s have spread this way of life, and it is no coincidence that the first form of urban sport, that has become widespread in those years is a modification of the surfboard, which turned in skateboard.

To remember those who in that time began this practice I suggest to see the film Dogtown and Z-Boys , dedicated to young who spread this new activity.


The world toughtest ultramarathon

Dangerous: Despite the warning signs, these racers continue running through the extreme heat

The world toughtest ultramarathon in the Death Valley National Park, California