Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind welcomes UCCS athletes

By Doug Fitzgerald published October 22, 2008

"Sport has an important role to play in the lives of people. Sport has the power to change the world, the power to inspire, and the power to unite people in a way little else can."
--- Nelson Mandela

Sport has a way of transcending race, language, social class, age, gender, nationality and even disability. That final one was apparent to several members of the UCCS menâ€TMs basketball team on Wednesday.

Five Mountain Lions (Jordan McClung, Rob Howe, Nick Weaver, Cole Smith and Chris Fernandez) accompanied coach Russ Caton to an assembly at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind as a part of Drug Awareness Week.

The UCCS players began the event by giving away Mountain Lions T-shirts, and then began a slam-dunk contest that drew cheers and hoots from the assembled students. After handing out UCCS sports pocket schedules, the players participated in a scrimmage of sorts against several CSDB students. Of course, the CSDB students won.

But they weren't the only ones.

"It's always fun to go out and perform for the kids and give them some special attention," said Howe. "When they start smiling and cheering, the energy is contagious and everyone has a great time."

UCCS Players/Staff Featured

Rob HoweRob Howe32FFr.
Rob HoweRob Howe21FSo.
Rob HoweRob Howe21F
Rob HoweRob Howe21FSr.
Jordan McClungJordan McClung14GFr.
Jordan McClungJordan McClung14GJr.
Jordan McClungJordan McClung14GSo.
Jordan McClungJordan McClung14GFr.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez30FFr.
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez24F
Chris FernandezChris Fernandez30FSo.
Cole SmithCole Smith32FJr.
Cole SmithCole Smith32F
Nick WeaverNick Weaver33GSr.
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