In 2007, our director, Jeremias, graduated from Gallaudet University with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. He was the captain for the Gallaudet University Men’s Basketball Team for four years, was selected to be on the Deaflympics US Men’s Basketball Team in 2005, 2009, 2013, and 2017, played in the international PanAm Games (1999, 2011 and 2016), played at the World Deaf Basketball Championships in 2003 and 2015, and was recognized as the USADB MVP. Jeremias played for a semi-pro team for the American Basketball Association in Ontario, California, for one season.
The director decided to give back to the youth community and wanted to establish an organization because he saw the lack of youth sports program for the deaf while he was growing up and wanted to bring in more opportunities for our youth today. He also wants the best for children everywhere with no communication barriers. Everyone is entitled to equal access to all facets of the program regardless of their skills and experience level. With this vision in mind, he knew he could find quality coaches to meet their unique needs as well as their personal growth and development while reinforcing positive influences, self-esteem and the ability and confidence to excel in sports.
With this vision in mind as well in confiding with his beloved elder advisors he grew up with, they endorsed and encouraged him to pursue this dream. Thanks to Seymour Bernstein, Mark Corson, Bennie Maucere and Manny Valencia. As a result, Deaf Sports Academy was established. This is a non-profit organization that has been around since 2007.