USA Deaf Basketball


Please show your support and make donations to USA Men and Women Basketball Programs.

Team Director David Hamilton
Team Director
David Hamilton

January 21, 2015

USA Deaf Basketball International is a non-profit 501(c)(3) and 509 (a)(2) organization. USADB would like to invite you to sponsor the gold medal USA Deaf International Basketball program. Over the past sixty years, the USADB men's program has won fourteen gold medals in Deaflympic competition while the women have won seven gold over the last forty years.

In preparation for the next Deaflympics, USA Deaf Men and Women’s Basketball International teams will participate in the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships in Taoyuan, Taiwan July 4 – 12, 2015. USA Basketball and Nike provide uniform the teams with apparel, shoes & bags. Beyond this, each player must raise approximately $3,500 to cover the cost of airfare, training camp, room and board and ground transportation.

International competitions:
• 2015 World Deaf Championships, Taoyuan, Taipei
• 2016 Pan Am Games, Toronto, Canada
• 2017 Deaflympics, Samsun, Turkey
• 2018 Under 21 World Deaf Championships. TBA

For development purposes, it is the goal of USADB International to keep most of the same players together for at least one complete cycle of competition starting with the World Deaf Championships and culminating in the Deaflympics. Over seventy-seven countries and 4,000+ athletes participate in Deaflympics. The 2009 games were broadcast by ESPN and received over 4,000,000 hits on social media.

You, too, can participate in this exciting quest for the gold by selecting a buy-in level:
• Bronze $1,000
• Silver $2,500
• Gold $5,000
• USA Team $10,000
• Other $____________
• Pay Pal:

USADB International athletes, coaches and staff thank you for your support.

Awaiting your response,

USA Deaf Basketball Staff                                               Federal Tax I.D. # 513-263-3756


Mission Statement

USA Deaf Basketball is a non profit organization and the national governing body serving deaf and Hard of Hearing for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As a recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) and the Deaf International Basketball Federation (DIBF), USA basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in DIBF sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.

2015 World Basketball Game Schedule:

2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships Taoyuan, Taiwan:

2015 National Team Roster - Updated 22 April 2015

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2015 Women National Team Roster
First Name Last Name City State
Juliana Apfel Tucson Arizona
Tori Faieta Lynn New York
Zamica Gage Washington D.C.
Nukeitra Hayes Anderson Indiana
Paige Machnacki Stonegate Michigan
Crystle Marion Rochester New York
Shaquanna McDonough Pembroke Massachussetts
Raven Pentz Wallkill New York
Christine Smith Bentonville Arknasas
Lindsay Stergio Montville Conneticuit
Darrian Thomas Fremont California
Claire Tucker Frederick Maryland
Danielle Warren San Jose California
Sara Wnek Riverside California
Sabrina Shysh Tucson Arizona
Elena Ciccarelli Utica New York

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2015 Men National Team Roster
First Name Last Name City State
Steve Biskupiak Riverside California
Todd Bonheyo Frederick Maryland
Andy Cruz Bronx New York
Ali Elmasri San Luis Obispo California
Trey Gordon Talladega Alabama
Michael Lizarraga Fremont California
Macam Macam Lyons Massachussets
Josh McGriff Somerset New Jersey
Raymond Nelson Riverside California
Orion Palmer Tucson Arizona
Roger  Printup Orange California
Layton Seeber Champaign Illinois
Jeremias Valencia Riverside California
Noah Valencia Riverside California
Derek Keels San Diego California

Coaching staff for men's team:
James Destefano – Head Coach Frederick, Maryland
Keith Westhoelter – Associate Head Coach Indianapolis, Indiana
Kevin Kovacs – Assistant Coach Livermore, California
Craig Radford – Assistant Coach Clearwater, Florida
Peter Badavas – Team manager Frederick, Maryland
Jeff Liu - Athletic – Trainer Long Beach, California

Coaching staff for women's team:
Laura Edwards – Head Coach Tucson, Arizona
Victoria Crockett – Assistant Coach Los Angeles, California
Lani Murashige – Assistant Coach Tucson, Arizona
Ashlea Hayes – Administrative Assistant Los Angeles, California
Willda Jarrett – Athletic Trainer Bellflower, California

USA National Team Showcase flyer

USA Deaf Basketball - International News:
USADB-International is proud to announce the new selection of head  coaches for Men and Women Basketball teams for 2015 World Deaf  Basketball Championship that will be held in Taipei, Taiwan from  July 4 - 12, 2015. The men head coach is James Destefano of Olney, Maryland and the women head coach is Laura Edwards of Tucson, Arizona. They both recently coached U-21 World Deaf Basketball Championship in Turkey last summer and won the championship. Please  join me to congratulate both of them.

USADB- International is conducting a training camp/tryout to be held at Gallaudet University on October 9 - 12. The invited players will have the opportunity to compete for 12 man/woman roster spot for 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championship. Also, we will be featuring  USA Deaf Basketball Showcase Game (BLUE VS WHITE) on Saturday, October 11th. The Women game will begin at 4pm and Men game will begin at 6pm.

For more information about our USADB International, check our website and USADB-International Facebook page.

For more information about World Deaf Basketball Championship, check their website:

If you have any question, please contact me at

International-Team Director

USA Deaf Basketball is hosting the tryout/training camp at Gallaudet University on October 9-12 (pending on the final approval of the location). The players that are invited to attend this event will be notified in email by men and women program coordinators soon. More information about this event will be announced soon. Also, you are encouraged to check our facebook page -- USADB International. If you have any question or concern, feel free to email me at

Coach Selection Criteria 2015 - form

2014 U-21 World Deaf Basketball Championship

Men 2014 U-21 World Deaf Basketball Championship
Men roster for left to right: Trey Gordon- 14, James Steingeiser #10, Tyler Crace #12, Rashad Gatlin #9, Conrad Baer #4, Todd Bonheyo #7, Josh McGriff#15, Jesse Steingeiser #11, Chris Mitchell #8

Women 2014 U-21 World Deaf Basketball Championship
Women Roster from left to right: Jeff Liu - athletic trainer, Victoria Crockett- assistant coach, Raven Pentz #7, Sara Wnek #9, Sabina Shysh #5, Alex Muller #11, Elena Ciccarelli #13, Lawjen Ashmore #6, Brianna DiGiovanni #10, Danielle Warren #8, Laura Edwards- Head Coach, David Hamilton- Team director

USA Deaf Basketball Hosts National Tournament in Concord
USA Deaf Basketball kicked off it's annual national tournament yesterday in Concord yesterday.
Posted on April 11, 2014    Fox 46 Carolinas

2014 U-21 World Deaf Basketball Championship in Samsun, Turkey

USADB- International is proud to announce the new selection of head coaches for Men and Women Basketball teams for this upcoming U-21 World Deaf Basketball Championship that will be held in Samsun, Turkey from July 4 - 12, 2014. Men's head coach is James Destefano of Frederick, Maryland and the women's head coach is Laura Edwards from Tucson, Arizona. Please join me to congratulate both of them.

Tech basketball player tells deaf elementary students to go after their dreams

By Natalie Gross:
Red Raiders point guard Luke Adams tells students of his struggles and successes as a deaf person.
Posted on October 22, 2013     Lubbock Avalanche-Journal


    Men and Women's Deaflympics Exhibition Games at Maryland School for the Deaf on July 20, 2013


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