April 25, 2017 08:16 PM
"Nobody was going to stop me... I was going to follow through with my passion and my dream and prove to them that they're wrong," says Ahmed Mahmoud.
Many times in his life, Ahmed Mahmoud was told that he couldn't do things. He is deaf, but that doesn't mean that he can't speak the language of sports.
In fact, because he relies so heavily on seeing his teammates, he's become a better soccer player.
"Deaf people are always using their eyes. Coaches are always stressing the importance of keeping your head up," he says. "We do that in practice as well as in games, so with our heads being up we can see what's going on, the action. The hearing players are looking down at the ground and depending on their hearing, we keep our head up and we can easily communicate and sign and gesture visually."
It's worked very well for Ahmed so far: The senior at the Rochester School for the Deaf excels on the soccer field. He was named the National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association Player of the Year in soccer and will play soccer at Gallaudet University next year.
"I have to say, 'No, no, that hearing is not connected to the brain in terms of how you think and react on the field,'" he says. "You can't expect that because I’m deaf, I'm less than. I'm just as good as you are and if you pursue your dream and passion, nobody can stop you or put you down."
Well said, Ahmed, we completely agree.
He's Ahmed Mahmoud, the News10NBC Scholar Athlete of the Week, presented by Monroe Community College and Five Star Bank.
Created: April 25, 2017 08:16 PM
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