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USA Deaf Basketball to Endorse Brighton Declaration on Women and Sports

March 25, 2013 -- USA Deaf Basketball (USADB) is pleased to announce that we will endorse the Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport, an international document that seeks equality for women in all levels of sport.

A celebratory signing event is slated for Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the USADB Art Kruger & Thomas Elliott National Basketball Tournament. The signing will take place between the men’s and women’s championship games. The tournament will be held at Competitive Edge Sports in King of Prussia, PA. “We look forward to a bright future for our young deaf girls and women. With the endorsement the Brighton Declaration, USADB takes the lead in our commitment to providing equal opportunities for deaf girls and women in all areas of deaf sport in America. I also believe that gender equality is no longer an option, without question, it is the right thing to do.” said USADB commissioner Shirley H. Platt.

The Brighton Declaration on Women and Sport was created in 1994 at the first conference of the International Working Group on Women and Sport (IWG). The IWG’s vision and the Brighton Declaration’s overriding aim is to develop a sporting culture that enables and values full involvement of women in every aspect of sport.
Commissioner Platt will sign the Brighton Declaration, witnessed by Laura K. Edwards, four-time Deaflympian gold medalist, and head coach for the 2013 USA women’s team to the Deaflympics, and Dr. Becky Clark, Deaflympics gold medalist and USA Deaf Sports Federation board member at large.

“The Declaration principles serve as a departure point for signatories to become active in the advancement of sport in terms of gender equality,” IWG co-chair Raija Mattila said. So far, 335 organizations have signed the Brighton Declaration, including the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, SportAccord, and 56 national Olympic Committees.

The American Athletic Association of the Deaf (AAAD) was established in 1945 in Akron, OH to promote basketball opportunities for deaf athletes. In 1995, restructure of the AAAD led to the formation of USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) with USA Deaf Basketball (USADB) becoming the new national governing body for basketball. USADB sponsors and promotes regional and national basketball tournaments for deaf adults each year, the National high School All-Stars; and youth and adult teams to the World Championships, PanAm Games and Deaflympics. For more information, go to www.usadb.us.


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