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November 10, 2005

Clerc Classic VI - a Deaf Basketball Touranment

From: California School for the Deaf, Riverside - Nov 10, 2005

Greetings from the Cubs' Cave!

The California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR) was selected to host the sixth annual Clerc Classic on January 12 – 14, 2006. The Clerc Classic VI consists of boys’ basketball tournament, girls’ basketball tournament and cheerleading competition – all combined into a sports extravaganza for schools/programs for the deaf and hard of hearing throughout the nation.

Background information:

This national classic was named after Laurent Clerc, a Deaf man who pioneered the education of Deaf people in the United States. After moving to the United States from France in 1817, Clerc went on to complete 50 years of teaching. Many of his students became leaders in the community spearheading the establishment of schools for the deaf throughout the country. Many states around the nation adopted Clerc’s method of teaching Deaf students including schools in California, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Arizona, Tennessee and Virginia. In all, more than thirty residential schools for the deaf were established all over the nation during Clerc’s lifetime.

The gathering of Deaf and Hard of Hearing basketball high school players and cheerleaders from eight schools for the deaf fulfills the vision of Laurent Clerc. The Clerc Classic participants will not only showcase their talents on the basketball floor but also have the opportunity to grow intellectually, socially and emotionally through fellowship with one another.

Teams participating in the Clerc Classic include:

Host: California School for the Deaf, Riverside (CSDR)

• California School for the Deaf, Fremont
• Indiana School for the Deaf
• Marlton High School
• Maryland School for the Deaf
• Model Secondary School for the Deaf
• Phoenix Day School for the Deaf (Arizona)
• North Star Academy (Minnesota)

There will be approximately 330 players, coaches and volunteers at the Classic and we will provide lodging and meals for them. We expect to draw over 1,000 spectators to the Classic this year. We plan to have all basketball games and cheerleader competition officiated by deaf referees/judges from all over the country this year. We continue to take pride in exposing deaf children to various deaf adult role models.

Game results and pictures will be posted to the Clerc Classic VI webpage on the CSDR website frequently during the day. We also will have Live Score for all games throughout the weekend. The Clerc Classic VI website is continuously under construction keeping our visitors updated.

The website address is

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We also sell combo tickets online. 3 full days of games for only $25 dollars!

To order tickets, go to

We are looking forward to see you all in Clerc Classic VI tournament!

John Castrese
Athletic Director
California School for the Deaf, Riverside
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