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High-Tech Helmet
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Posted: January 01, 2024
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    Gallaudet head coach Chuck Goldstein, center, uses ASL to talk with players. (AP/Stephanie Scarbrough)
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    Gallaudet offensive lineman Agustin Bojorquez, center, beats a drum. Deaf and hard-of-hearing players feel the vibrations. The beat works as a signal to them. (AP/Stephanie Scarbrough)
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    Gallaudet developed football helmets that help deaf and hard-of-hearing players see play calls on a tiny screen. (AP/Stephanie Scarbrough)
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    Gallaudet football assistant coach Bob Miller, left, uses ASL to talk to players at practice. (AP/Stephanie Scarbrough)
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    Gallaudet quarterback Brandon Washington runs toward teammates after scoring a touchdown. He wears the new, high-tech football helmet during a college game on October 7, 2023. (AP/Stephanie Scarbrough)
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Coach Chuck Goldstein hasn’t used a whistle in more than a decade. Instead, he communicates mostly with American Sign Language (ASL).

Why? He works at Gallaudet University. That college serves students with hearing loss. Coach Goldstein’s players can’t hear a whistle. But they can “hear” what his lightning-fast hands say.

Bison home games are unique. The national anthem is performed in ASL. There’s no public address announcer. Some fans cheer. Others applaud in ASL.

“We view ourselves as normal people who can do everything except hear,” says Shelby Bean. He used to play for the Bison. Now he’s assistant coach.

His attitude reflects Philippians 2:4: looking out for others’ welfare, not just one’s own. “We’ve kind of adapted how we coach football, how we play football,” Coach Bean says.

Most recently, the school developed a new helmet. Inside the helmet, a tiny screen above the quarterback’s right eye displays play calls. (A play call is a bit of direction for football players. It tells players where and how to move the ball.)

“With the helmet, you waste less time trying to seek information out,” offensive lineman John Scarborough says. He, too, speaks through ASL. An interpreter translates.

The Bison quarterback used the helmet in a test game. And guess what? The Bison won!

Why? New ideas can help overcome long-lived challenges and inspire others to work well.