My Beautiful Wickedness

It’s a start.
October 2, 2008, 9:26 am
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Here’s a welcome note that the President Tom Chema of Hiram College (alma mater mine) received from Gallaudet College’s football coach (Ed Hottle)  the week after Hiram squeaked through an overtime win:

“For the last four seasons I have been the head coach at Gallaudet, we have played some 40+ games, and Hiram College was the first school that has made any effort to communicate with our players following the game. I cannot tell you how impressed I was with your program when all of the players were signing in American Sign Language “nice game” and “good job” during the post-game handshake.”


“Coach Wolfe and his staff are to be applauded for taking time out of the precious few hours we have to coach the game and teaching these young men some true life skills. With great appreciation and respect, I want to thank you, Coach Wolfe, the football staff and players, as well as the entire Hiram College community for this gesture and willingness to learn just a small part of our culture and language. For me personally, it was wonderful to see and an experience our entire community appreciates.”

It’s not much, but it’s a start.  It’s the first time that we’ve played Gallaudet and I’m hoping that this is the beginning of a long and healthily competitive sports relationship for our schools.


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That’s awfully nice. I have three cousins who are Gaulladet alumni — not sports fans, though, so they’ve never commented on lack of interaction from the opposing teams. But when you think that Gaulladet is responsible for the huddle, and why they are responsible for it, you’d think Hiram wouldn’t be the first school in recent years to teach their players some ASL. Good for them.

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