Deaf Sports

December 21, 2008

Basketball. Softball. Flag Football. Volleyball.

The Deaf World has never been so open to new pathways as this year has shown. With technological advances, more and more Deaf individuals are taking the time and putting in the effort to make whatever sport they partake in as “theirs”, in the sense that they have a firm hand in the development and guidance of their chosen sport within the organozation.

The Indy Hawks are no different. It is a brand-new sports organization for the Deaf located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Currently, the goals of this organization is simple: having an adult men’s club basketball team formed that will play year-round and coordinating the 2nd Hawk Relay Basketball Classic to take place January 10th, 2008. In the long term, basketball and volleyball camps are in the horizon for the summer of 2009, with more adult-oriented sports in the works and set to debut in the new year.

The Indy Hawks are a championship winning basketball team that is commited to the Indianapolis Deaf Community’s athletic development and academic growth.  Many of the players are themselves basketball coaches as well as role models. Two current players, 6’9 center Edlin Dorn and 6’3 point guard Robert Haney (pictured below) have been named to the 2009 Deaflympics Basketball team set to compete in the 2009 Deaflympics at Taipei, Taiwan. Another current player, Keith Westhoelter of the Hawks’ will coach the 2009 Deaflympic team.

The Indy Hawks play in two local venues: The Fieldhouse in Fishers, Indiana and the Indiana School for the Deaf’s Caskey Gym. Games at the Fieldhouse are usually on Wednesday nights with the games at ISD on most  Fridays and Saturdays.

The 2nd Hawk Relay Shootout will feature 3 teams on Jan 10th: Cetra Pro’s, Ameriflo and the Hawks. The gym is on the grounds of the Indiana School for the Deaf, 1200 East 42nd Street, Indianapolis. All admissions are $5 each with kids under age 12 free.

The Shootout schedule:

TBA on the night of Wed Jan 7th

Hawks' Robert Haney with local fans

Hawks' Robert Haney with local fans