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Playground / Aug 23, 2010 / 12:30 pm

Basketball Speaks Universal Language for Deaf Duo in D.C.

Jon Mowl of Team Staples

Jon Mowl (photo. Jonathan Thorpe)

As cliche as it sounds, basketball really does produce its own unique, universal language. In any given NBA game, you might see a five-man unit composed of one player who speaks French, another who speaks Spanish, another who speaks German, and two more who speak their own regional dialects of English — and yet they can still communicate fluidly and win games at the sport’s highest level.

When the Red Bull 2on2 Revolution tour stopped in Washington D.C. this past weekend for its finale, the old cliche was on display. Stephen Da Silva and Jon Mowl, who teamed up under the name “Staples,” are both deaf and don’t wear hearing aids. Read More »