Deaf Football Champions Bring Pride to Southern California

An uninterrupted winning streak by the football team at the California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CDSR) is being celebrated across California and by State Superintendent Tony Thurmond.

The school for the hearing-impaired won its last 11 games and is one victory away from the division championships. All of their games have been won against "typical" football teams. Unlike their competitors, the teammates at CDSR communicate with each other using facial expressions and American Sign Language.

“These players and students have been working hard on and off the field,” said Superintendent Thurmond. “This program is a model of how public education can change lives and sustain students. As a former student athlete, I understand the lasting positive impact of our sports programs on our students and the valuable friendships that are made on the field. I am proud of the CDSR football team’s winning record during this breakthrough season and wish them luck in the playoffs.”

Thurmond has also announced his support for an effort to fund new bleachers for the football program. If you would like to contribute, you can write a check to the CSDR Athletics Trust Fund and mail it to:

California School for the Deaf, Riverside
Athletics Department: Laura Edwards
3044 Horace Street
Riverside, CA 92506

On the memo, write “bleachers.”

You can also use the Cash App:
$CSDRAthletics, memo: bleachers.

For more information, visit https://www.csdr-cde.ca.gov/


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