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RIT/NTID Athletics: Cheerleading

RIT/NTID Athletics: Cheerleading

Narrator: At Rochester
Institute of Technology, hearing, deaf
and hard of hearing students live and work together
in all aspects of college life, including intercollegiate
and intramural athletics. RIT Athletics strives to be
a championship-level intercollegiate
athletics program that provides
the optimal balance between academic
and athletic performance, while serving
as a symbol of pride for the university,
our alumni and the greater community. Of the more than
14,000 students at RIT, 1,200 are deaf
or hard of hearing and fully participate
in all areas of athletics. The National Technical
Institute for the Deaf is one of the 9 colleges of RIT. Deaf and hard of hearing
student-athletes have the most comprehensive access
and support services in the world. These young athletes compete
side by side with their hearing teammates,
adding to the success of the outstanding athletics
program at RIT. Man: On 3. 1, 2, 3! All: Tigers! Narrator: Cheerleading is
recognized as one of the many athletic programs
available at RIT. This team supports
the Division III Tiger men’s basketball team
during their regular season and then becomes
a fierce competitor in regional
cheerleading competitions. Of the 19 members on the team,
5 are deaf or hard of hearing. I’m used to being
with a deaf team, so coming here was, like,
mixed deaf and hearing, so it’s very interesting
to the team and how they communicate
with each other, how they try to learn sign, how they sign and work
with me and the other teammates, so I’m paying attention. When you become a family with somebody, you– it’s easier to communicate, so if you don’t know
that person, you kind of get shy, but when you
eventually connect, and then it’s so easy
to talk, you can talk
to anyone now. If you don’t want to get involved because you feel like your deafness gets in the way, you’re letting it become a disability. You can do everything
except hear. I thought, “Well, you know, “this is a hearing college, “but, you know, I might “as well try at least “and, uh, you know, make a go of it,” so it’s been really positive. I think of deaf
and hard of hearing students as just a different language. It makes those kind of barriers
really easy to overcome. Narrator:
Deaf and hard of hearing student-athletes contribute
to the richness of the campus culture
and diversity that makes RIT second to none. To learn more,
visit our web site.

1 thought on “RIT/NTID Athletics: Cheerleading”

  1. Great video!  Curious as to why it is unlisted as opposed to public? Can we share?

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