OKLAHOMA CITY – Homecoming festivities at Oklahoma School for the Deaf will kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday (January 28).
Nearly 300 people are expected on campus at 1100 E. Oklahoma Avenue in Sulphur for activities in OSD’s gymnasium.
"Homecoming is a very special event for OSD alumni,” OSD Superintendent Larry Hawkins said. “OSD is like a second home for many people, and we are proud to welcome everyone to our school.”
The crowning of the OSD homecoming royalty will occur at 6 p.m.
OSD students and alumni are scheduled to honor the 1961 OSD boys’ basketball team members who earned a national championship.
“One reason why we return to OSD is because we care about our Deaf students who will carry out our culture and continue working for Deaf rights. Chris Reagle, basketball coach said. “Every homecoming event, the Deaf community comes to OSD to meet their old friends, catch up on news and make new friends."
The girls’ basketball team will face off at 6:30 p.m. followed by the boys’ game at 8 p.m. Both OSD teams will play Arkansas School for the Deaf.
Between the basketball games, Chris Dvorak, OSD high school principal and athletic director, will recognize seniors on both basketball teams, followed by a special performance by the East Central University cheerleaders.
Former OSD graduate and cheerleader, Emily Johnson from Ada, who now attends and cheers for ECU will perform with her college team.
“We’re excited to see Emily Johnson come back and show the students, OSD staff, alumni and the Deaf community what she has accomplished,” Karlie Campbell, OSD teacher and cheer coach, said. “Emily is a good role model because she’s able to attend a four-year university and focus on cheer at the college level.”
The bond between ECU and OSD students and faculty is strong.
OSD is an observation site and intern placement location for students in East Central University’s services to the Deaf counseling program. ECU professor Dr. Jana Byrd present during OSD’s educational interpreter training program every summer. Last fall, the ECU women’s volley ball players began refereeing at some OSD games and conducted an open clinic working one-on-one to improve the skills of OSD players.
OSD is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services,
The public is invited to OSD homecoming games and activities. The ticket cost on Friday (January 27) evening is $5 for adults and $4 for students. The cost for an all-day ticket on Saturday (January 28) is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be on sale at the door.
For more information, contact Chris Dvorak at 480-622-4982 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oklahoma School for the Deaf is a Deaf education immersion school, headquartered in Sulphur since 1908. The school provides educational programs for residential students, those who commute from home and summer school students. OSD operates two satellite pre-school programs in Edmond and Chickasha and offers free outreach services, evaluations and onsite consultation for students attending local schools, their families and public school districts statewide. OSD’s unique communication and education programs are customized to meet individual students’ needs utilizing American Sign Language, hearing aids, cochlear implants or other adaptive technology. Services are offered at no charge. OSD has maintained a 100 percent graduation rate for six years.