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First night game for ASDB football program

By Teresa Jun - email

TUCSON (KOLD) - The Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB) hosted its first ever night football game Friday night.

The school has a nearly 100-year history of a football program for its deaf students.  But for the first time ever, stadium lights are now available to use on the field, making evening games possible.

"It's a lot cooler at night," said Mike Lucio, 17, an ASDB senior on the football team.  "And a lot more people come at night.  During the day, it's real hot."

"A lot of times, parents are not able to come to our games because during the day, they're working," said ASDB Coach Gerald Brown.  "But now, hopefully a lot more people can come and watch, and I do recognize that the kids are more motivated because their parents have come to watch them play."

The Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind partners with St. Augustine High School to share players, so student athletes on the joint team include both deaf and hearing teenagers.  It offers a learning experience for everyone involved.

"I'm learning how to socialize with hearing people and communicate," said Lucio, communicating with KOLD News 13 through a sign language interpreter.  "I used to always just write notes on paper to say something, but now I'm teaching hearing people how to sign too."

"It's challenging at times, but we make it through," said Michael Skowron, 17, a St. Augustine senior, who is learning basic sign language in order to communicate plays on the field and to talk with his deaf teammates.  "It's hard to learn, just like any new language.  But by the end of the year, I want to be able to hopefully communicate in sign language 100 percent."

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