The Arizona Interscholastic Association has assigned my (Scott, that is) football officiating crew Friday night’s game matching Phoenix Day School for the Deaf against Arizona Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. It will be the first night football game ever on the PDSD campus.
It’s coincidental, or maybe fitting, because the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing has been an HMA Public Relations client since 2009 . And growing up, our next door neighbors were deaf. And HMA intern Brittany Richardson is fluent in American Sign Language.
Here’s a factoid for you: the modern-day circular huddle was invented by Gallaudet University quarterback Paul Hubbard in 1892. ISD (Illinois School for the Deaf) and Gallaudet was the first school intended for the advanced education of deaf and hard-of-hearing students. When quarterbacking, Hubbard realized that his hand signals could be read by opposing players, a particular concern when Gallaudet played other schools for the deaf. To remedy this, he had his players form a circle so that his sign-language signals could be sent and received without anyone on the sidelines or on the opposing team seeing. (Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huddle)