The Ohio School for the Deaf (OSD) believes athletics to be an integral part of the school's educational program, providing experiences to help young people grow physically, mentally, and emotionally. At OSD, students have the unique opportunity to participate in athletics with direct communication with their coaches and their teammates.
The main objective is to instill in our student athletes the concept that success is brought about by hard work, commitment, sacrifice, preparedness, and doing the best that one can daily.
Participation in athletics is not only necessary for better health, physical fitness, and improved motor skills, it also promotes self-esteem, self-discipline, and the desire to excel. Respect for authority, respect for the rights of others, and the development of the highest ideals of fairness in human relationships are often the learning outcomes achieved through athletics. We believe these traits are carried over not only to classroom work but also throughout our student's lives.
While winning and the spirit of competition is an immediate objective in all athletic contests, we believe it is not an end in itself. At OSD, the desire to win is also used to pursue more important objectives and lessons like sportsmanship and fair play.
Any student who meets team requirements and maintains a 2.0 GPA for the duration of the sport's season, may join the team. OSD is a member of the Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA).
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Chris Kuhns, OSD Athletics Director