USADB International News: USADB International Showcase Games at the DeafNation World Expo July 31, 2012!
Posted: May 5, 2012
USADB International will be at the DeafNation World Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada July 29-August 1, 2012 at the UNLV-Cox Pavilion. USADB International will have games with Lithuania and will have other events. See the USADB International Showcase flyer for additional details. The online ticket store will be available soon but you can mail your orders to the address on the flyer.
USADB News: Important Message about $100 USADB Team Registration Fee
Posted: January 20, 2012
USADB Board has a very important message that all regions and teams need to watch. The message is to clear up the confusion on "$100 Team Registration Fee". The vlog gives several clear examples.
USADB News: Reminders
Posted: January 13, 2012
USADB Board posts its first vlog for the 2012 year! This vlog talks about Early Bird tickets, team registration and USADB Constitution, By-Laws and Guideline changes.
USADB Press Release: Ad-Hoc Committee to Study Tournament Payout
Posted: December 17, 2011
USADB formed an Ad-Hoc Committee to study USADB's practice of sharing tournament proceeds (profits) with the championship teams. A report is due at the next HOD meeting scheduled for April, 2012 in Houston, TX.
USADB Board released a memo clarifying that the $100 team registration fee replaced the $20 player fee. The $100 team registration fee was inadvertently omitted from the form.
The memo is linked to the image below
USADB News: First Annual USADB Men's and Women's Classic Basketball Tournament
Posted: December 9, 2011
In cooperation with New Jersey Deaf Sports, USADB is hosting the First Annual USADB Men's and Women's Classic Basketball Tournament to raise money for the USADB Youth Program. Please click on the flyer below for more information.
USADB News: USADB Mentioned in SLAM article!
Posted: November 16, 2011
SLAM Online (www.slamonline.com), an online news source of basketball news, info, has published an article that mentions USADB. You can find the article by clicking on the link: "Loud and Proud"
USADB Press Releases
Posted: November 16, 2011
Please visit our new page dedicated to USADB Press Releases for the 3 Press Releases -- 2 on Hall of Fame and 1 on the International Program Task Force. Press Release V-Logs will be added to that page when they are created.
USADB News: USADB Tournament Registration Process Timeline
FAAD Region Press Release: DSA Played Against LAPD
Posted: October 3, 2011
FAAD issued a press release highlighting the games between DSA and the LAPD. Read about it here.
News: Legendary AAAD Basketball Player Leon Grant Dies
Posted: October 3, 2011
The deaf basketball community was saddened to learn of the death of well-known and legendary basketball star, Leon Orlient Grant, age 67, on September 9, 2011 in Charlotte, NC.
He was a long time player (uniform #22) for the Los Angeles Club of the Deaf (LACD) with teammates Maurice Mosley, Jim Renshaw, Jim Spears, and others with legendary LACD Coach Lou Dyer, Manager/Scorekeeper Saul Lukacs and Athletic Director/Manager Marvin Greenstone. These storied players brought FAAD member club, LACD five (5) straight AAAD national basketball Championships during the FAAD’s golden years, 1966 through 1970.
He was also a star player for the Carolina team in later years.
Grant was on the 1965 World Games for the Deaf (Deaflympics) track team that competed in Washington, DC. He placed third in the high jump with 1.83.
Famed AAAD co-founder, leader and deaf sports writer, Art Kruger named Leon Grant as the athlete of the decade.
Front: Justin Anderson (NWADB), John Scott (SWBAD), Christina Costello (EAAD), Chuck Wallace (Tournament Director), Mark Corson (FAAD), Shirley Platt (Commissioner), James Powell (Secretary) Back: James Johnson (MAAD), Jimmy Miller (SEAAD), Brian Fruits (Treasurer), Doug Mader (CBAD), Joey Baer (Deputy Commissioner)
Gallaudet University Archives Features Art Kruger Manuscript Collection
Posted: September 20, 2011
Gallaudet University Archives has a collection of manuscripts written by Art Kruger. Visit our USADB History page and go to the bottom to see the link.
USADB Releases 2011 Constitution, Bylaws and Guidelines
George Harris, Winner of iTouch phone sponsored by ZVRS
USADB Exclusive: The Making of the USADB Awards
USADB Board Announces New Appointments.
Posted: May 13, 2011
Watch USADB's v-log below
USADB Board also wanted to thank Jack Levesque and Amy Ellis for their service and to keep USADB rolling. Thank you Jack and Amy!
USADB Board Appoints James P. Powell as the new Secretary
Faribault, MN (May 11, 2011) - The USADB Executive Board is pleased to announce the selection of James P. Powell as the new Secretary, filling the vacancy left by Amy Ellis. Mr. Powell joins the Executive Board, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience. Mr. Powell, who works with the State of Wisconsin in the Department of Revenue, currently serves as the vice-president for the Disability Rights of Wisconsin, Inc., and is currently the secretary of the Wyndham Hills Homeowners Association in his hometown of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Mr. Powell’s previous experience includes serving as an officer of different positions on a voluntary basis for the following organizations: Access to Independence, Inc (an independent living center), Wisconsin Association of the Deaf, Wisconsin Deaf Sports Club, and Wisconsin Telecommunications, Inc.
Mr. Powell's experience in volunteer positions as well as officer positions, along with his love of sports, will allow him to transition easily as he joins the Executive Board. The USADB Executive Board looks forward to working with Mr. Powell to take USADB to new levels of awareness and exposure.
USADB Board Appoints Gregory A. Mendenhall as New Public Relations Director
Ogden, UT (May 9, 2011) - The USADB Executive Board is pleased to announce the selection of Gregory Mendenhall as the new Public Relations Director, filling the vacancy left by Jax Levesque. Mr. Mendenhall, a high school English teacher at Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD), comes to us highly qualified. Mr. Mendenhall graduated from Gallaudet University in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Enlgish and is currently pursuing a Master's of Education in the field of Deaf Education at the University of Minnesota. Mr. Mendenhall's experience includes working for the Buff and Blue at Gallaudet University, where he worked not only as a copy editor, but also assisted in finding potential sponsors and advertising deals with various companies. Also, Mr. Mendenhall worked with Residence Life (formerly Campus Life) at Gallaudet University as a Resident Assistant and as a Hall Resident Advisor, where he was expected to solict potential donors to help support dorm programs.
Mr. Mendenhall's love of basketball, experience in news writing, and in finding sponsorships will aid the USADB organization in continuing to expand and flourish. The USADB Executive Board looks forward to working with Mr. Mendenhall to take USADB to new levels of awareness and exposure.
USADB Seeks Feedback on 2011 National Tournament
Posted: May 2, 2011
The USADB Board is seeking feedback on the 2011 National Tournament that was held in Bloomington, MN last month.
It is always good to hear from our customers (players, coaches and fans) on how the tournament went therefore we are asking you to participate in this short survey. This survey will help us to see the areas of improvement.
News from USADB
Posted: April 27, 2011
Here's a quick v-log from USADB Board in congratulating for a successful tournament in Bloomington. We CAN NOT thank enough for those volunteers mainly from Minneapolis territory for their HUGE help. That includes some other volunteers from outside of Minnesota. You all were great!
Congratulations to Arizona Black Widows (Women) for winning this year's title beating last year's champions, Northern Virginia. As for men, Northern Virginia captured their second straight title in beating Deaf Sports Academy of FAAD.
Watch the vlog!
2011 NEAAD Basketball Results Posted
Posted: April 27, 2011
The 2011 NEAAD Basketball Results have been posted to the NEAAD's Region page. Here's the link: Region NEAAD
Mike 'Doc' Torres Retires from Basketball
Posted: April 5, 2011
Mike 'Doc' Torres, 49, retired from basketball on Saturday, April 3, 2011 at the USADB National Tournament in Bloomington, MN. 'Doc' has been playing AAAD and USADB since 1983; this year he played for DSA of Riverside, CA. He is shown here presenting his autographed shoes to USADB Commissioner Shirley Platt.
The shoes join the shoes and purple and gold Sound Proof shorts of legendary player, Jimmy Newsome, also in safekeeping for the USADB archives.
2011 USADB Tournament Scores & Results Posted
Posted: April 4, 2011
Here are the results from the 2011 USADB's "The Thomas Elliott / Art Kruger Memorial Tournament" Games held this past weekend in Bloomington, MN.
Another exciting day at USADB is happening right now in Bloomington, Minnesota! Several heated games are predicted and we look forward to see the outcome of all of the games. Along with the games, we have an exciting and a very honorable event going on this evening. USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) Hall of Fame ceremony, which was supposed to occur this morning, has been rescheduled. The USADSF Hall of Fame ceremony will occur after East-West High School All-Star Girls game, before the East-West High School All-Star Boys game. Pending the games but the USADSF Hall of Fame ceremony should occur around 7:30 PM.
Come and watch the games, see the young future basketball players, and observe the honorable event. See you there!
Greetings from Bloomington!!
Posted: March 30, 2011
After day long meetings which were very positive, the coaches met at 8 pm to review everything and they all are ready to roll tomorrow morning!
In joint effort with deafworld.com, we are pleased that we will update the scores as often as we can throughout the tournament. USADB want to thank deafworld.com for their tremendous support in providing statistics online for you all!
Gallaudet made an excellent video on Gallaudet Women Team and their hot run this year! They finished the season 24-3 and will play in first round playoffs tomorrow! (Fri. March 4) Go Gallaudet Women Team!!
DBO's Vlog: NCAA Rules Review
Posted: February 27, 2011
As we approach the national tournament, please view Chris
Miller's vlog on updates of NCAA rules.
Please view the vlog below for important information about the national tournament in Bloomington, MN.
Team Online Registration AVAILABLE!
Posted: January 10,2011
Please view the this webpage for an important message from USADB Vice-President Joey Baer on registering your team online. There is a guideline available as well. This message and the guideline were sent to all the regional presidents recently.