Saturday, September 20, 2014

She's baaaaackkkkk!

Hey guys!

Winter Deaflympics is back again for 2015, and we're back in the running! This time it's in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia! It'll be on March 28th - April 5th of 2015. To follow the Winter Deaflympics 2015, click LIKE on the facebook page: Facebook Page; Deaflympics 2015. There's also an official website page to follow as well: Deaflympics 2015

What happened with the Winter Deaflympics in 2011 was a shock for everyone involved, but we're brushing the dust off our shoulders and rising from the ashes!

Long story short, the coaches have asked for me to rejoin the team, and I'm excited to be back! I've kept a log of everyone who donated from 2011, and I've returned the money back. So now, I have to fundraise once again.

Fundraising costs:

$3,700 to cover the flight to Russia, uniforms, room/boarding.
I'll also need to raise additional money to help with the training costs prior to the Deaflympics event, including the flight tickets I'll need to buy to meet my team at the airport. I'm estimating this to be at about another $1,000.
To round it up, my goal is to raise $5,000.

Most importantly, I have a deadline to raise and send in $1,850 by November 15th. My second deadline to send in another $1,850 is by January 30th.

I've started up a fundraising page so people from afar can help out: Go Fund Me

There are also a few local fundraising event/ideas that I'm currently scheming up so stay tuned!

Here's an ASL version of the blog:



Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ruda has been arrested!

this news basically says that Ruda has been accused of creating fake documents and has stolen 11 millon dollars that should have been invested in building the venues for the winter Deaflympics. He was caught trying to leave Slovakia after being told he was not allowed to leave the country and was arrested. http://www.h3.tv/deaflympics-slovakia-2011/ruda-is-accused-fraud/ (in international sign language with transcript)



and watch this funny segment of the news reporter in Slovakia making fun of ICSD for overlooking the major red flags. http://www.h3.tv/deaflympics-slovakia-2011/world-by-mr-hudak/ (has captioning in English)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Deaflympics Cancellation

As most of you has already heard, Deaflympics has been cancelled as of yesterday just 5 days before it was supposed to happen. This came as a HUGE blow and a shock to the deaf community worldwide.

I don't know what my next plan of action will be. I am supposed to be in Washington DC right now to prepare for the flight to Slovakia, but for now I will stay in Colorado and wait for the dust to settle down.

Here are the links with all the news I've been coming across since I discovered the news yesterday morning. I only know as much as you do at this point.

http://www.usdeaflympics.org/articles/article/2011/feb/11/cancellation-winter-deaflympics/
http://www.2011deaflympics.org/en/news
http://pakistanvoices.com/current_affairs/slovakia-deaflympics-2011-controversy/
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/02/11/slovakia-deaflympics-2011-controversy/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/H3-Network-Media/130921311037
http://www.h3.tv/deaflympics-slovakia-2011/h3-video-reporting-from-slovakia/

As you can see, there's a lot of commotion going on right now. I'm just surprised it's revealed this late in the game, and that all the red flags were not detected earlier on by the ICSD (International Committee of Sports for the Deaf)??