FOR RELEASE MAY 2, 2019
DEAF AMERICAN DISTANCE RUNNERS HALL OF FAME INAUGURAL INDUCTION CEREMONY
Texas School for the Deaf
Thursday, May 2
Austin, Texas – May 2, 2019 – With the Deaf American Distance Runners Hall of Fame established in 2018, the organization honors its’ first round of inductees today at 2:30 p.m. with a ceremony at the Texas School for the Deaf’s Seeger Gym, located at 1102 South Congress Avenue in Austin.
Long distance runner himself, and president of Deaf Television Foundation (DTF), Dr. Steve Baldwin of Austin, determined a hall of fame for American deaf distance runners was needed.
When it was discovered that only one distance runner was included in all of USA Deaf Sports Federation’s halls of fame out of 97 famous athletes, coaches and writers, and only three distance runners were recognized in the USA Deaf Track and Field’s hall of fame, Baldwin and DTF took on the responsibility for creating the hall of fame specifically to acknowledge the many accomplishments of deaf distance runners.
Thanks to careful records from the extant Mason-Dixon Conference from 1936 to 1986 kept by USA Track and Field hall of famer, Dr. Frank Zarnowski, today 25 inductees are being honored, including coaches, writers and historians from the 1950’s-1990’s to form this inaugural hall of fame class.
The event’s featured guest speaker is renowned deaf educator and author, Dr. Donalda Ammons. Ammons is former President of the Comite International des Sports des Sourds who served as the USA Deaflympics chairperson (2003-2009), and is currently president of the Gallaudet University (Washington D.C.) Alumni Association.
WHAT: Deaf American Distance Runners Hall of Fame Ceremony
WHERE: Seeger Gym
Texas School for the Deaf
1102 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78704
WHEN: Thursday, May 2, 2019
2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
MORE: The public is invited. No admission fee.
ABOUT THE TEXAS SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF (TSD)
The Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating public school in Texas. Educating Deaf and Hard of Hearing students of Texas since 1856, the campus also provides outreach and educational resources for students, their families, and professionals in the field throughout the state of Texas. With educational excellence and a strong belief in a culture and community at TSD, students form a unique identity based on their individual strengths and talents, is an environment where they learn, grow, and belong. For more information about the Texas School for the Deaf, visit http://www.tsd.state.tx.us/.