Source Link - Sorenson Communications Supports Deaflympics Team USA
Sorenson Communications®, the leading provider of Video Relay Service (VRS) for
deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals who use sign language to communicate, today
announced support of the 2009 Taipei Summer Deaflympics Team USA. The 21st
Summer Deaflympics Games open Sept. 5, in Taipei, Taiwan, and run through Sept.
15. Team USA, comprised of 141 athletes, left Los Angeles on Aug. 27 to travel
to Taipei to train and compete.
Sorenson Communications, which also supported Team USA in the 2007 Winter
Deaflympics Games in Salt Lake City, donated staff and other needed resources to
ready the team to successfully represent the United States. "Sorenson is proud
to support the athletes who have demonstrated the commitment necessary to reach
their goals of becoming a Team USA member," says Sorenson Communications Vice
President of Community Relations Ron Burdett. Three Sorenson Communications
trainers are included among the 2009 athletes: Andrew Cohen, from Monroeville,
Pa., in the category of Athletics; Bradley Miller, from Orlando, Fla., in
Basketball; and Paul Wood, from Fortville, Ind., in Cycling.
"As a company focused on serving the deaf community, there was no question that
Sorenson Communications we would help," notes Burdett. "We are proud of the
athletes and wish them the best of luck."
At a parting luncheon held in the athletes` honor, a representative of the USA
Deaf Sports Federation expressed thanks to Sorenson Communications for its
support and coordination in bringing the athletes together in one place and
preparing them for departure.
"It`s an honor to support Team USA and the deaf athletes in the 2009 Taipei
Games-just as we have done in the past," says Pat Nola, President and CEO of
Sorenson Communications. "We appreciate the opportunity to help make this a
memorable experience for them and for the entire team."
Sorenson Project Specialist Gary Christensen, who coordinated Sorenson`s
efforts, said the athletes were very surprised and appreciative of the resources
that Sorenson Communications supplied. "All of the athletes have a great
attitude and are ready to start their unique experience," said Christensen.
The USA Deaf Sports Federation notes that the athletes-current and past-are
ambassadors within the U.S. and around the world. The athletes serve as role
models for deaf and hard-of-hearing youth across the country.
About Sorenson Communications
Sorenson Communications® (www.sorenson.com) is a provider of industry-leading
communications services and products. The company`s offerings include Sorenson
Video Relay Service® (SVRS®), the highest-quality video interpreting service;
the Sorenson VP-200® videophone; and Sorenson IP Relay® (SIPRelay), enabling
text-to-speech relay communication.
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