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June 13, 2017

Today we are going to take a break from tips and pointers on how to kill it in college and in life, and discuss about the direction of the RIT/NTID Athlete Development Program.

We worked extremely hard to get this program up and running this past year, and I want to thank everyone for their support. We have some exciting things in the works. For example, we are working on developing a handbook for deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes, similar to the general handbook, but with additional resources from NTID to help streamline everything.

We also are working on developing a separate handbook for hearing coaches and teammates that lists different communication methods, styles and options for them to use while working with deaf athletes. This will serve as a foundation for everyone to build on, and will help make every aspect of intercollegiate athletics more accessible, efficient and inclusive.

Later this summer we will kick off our new social media accounts for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to give you a closer look behind the scenes of our deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes.

We’ll have swag, too, like shirts, hats, mugs and so on. You’ll see us decked out in that this fall. Once the school year starts, we’ll host a social, get involved with the community, and then we’ll go from there. The fall athletes will start their season right away. We’ll be kicking off the Relentless Tiger Leadership program around the same time.

As of right now, we’ve only lost one student-athlete to graduation, so we have a very big crop coming back…and I couldn’t be any more excited! We will have athletes in new sports, and we will be on the look-out for walk-ons!

During the year, we’re encouraging the student-athletes to attack the weight room with the fury of a thousand suns! We made an informal record board for deaf and hard-of-hearing student-athletes, where they can one-up each other in the weight room. We will have records for the bench press, squat, front squat, deadlift, power clean, 40-yard dash, vertical jump and the mile run. There will be a ton of friendly competition, and we are all chomping for the year to roll in already.

We are excited to start another banner year for the RIT/NTID Athlete Development Program!