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Charity Sanders admits she's a pretty unlikely beach volleyball player. She grew up in Kansas, for starters, was "lanky and uncoordinated," and her fair skin made the 29-year-old generally avoid direct sun. That, and she's deaf.
"A minor detail," Sanders writes in a recent email interview with Yahoo News.
Sanders and Nancy Moore, former standout indoor volleyball players at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., were selected along with another pair of deaf beach volleyball players (Michelle Skowzgird and Shana Lehmann) to represent the U.S. next month in women's beach volleyball at the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria. They'll be seeking the U.S.'s first-ever gold medal in the event—that is, if they can raise enough money to get there.
While the International Olympic Committee officially sanctions the Deaflympics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and U.S. Special Olympics Committees don't provide funding for athletes looking to attend them—they believe that deaf and hard of hearingRead More »from Deaf beach volleyball players launch crowd-funding campaign to get to Deaflympics