SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego resident Jon Mowl was born without hearing, in fact, he is fourth generation deaf. But that hasn’t stopped him from dominating on the basketball court, although he says he often had to prove himself because he was deaf.
“Sometimes it can be difficult to get into a new gym. Someone might say, ‘He’s deaf, I don’t want to play with him. They wouldn’t pick me on a team until they saw me play. Then it was, “He can play, OK, you can play with us.” “
And can the boy play. Jon was a star on his high school team and then he played college basketball at Gallaudet University.
“You know, it’s basketball, you run, you shoot, you pass, play defense and rebound. It doesn’t require any aural skills for it.”
He excelled so much on the court that he was recently selected to play for Team USA at the Deaflympics in Brazil.
“It’s a great privilege for me to represent our country and my community. It’s a special opportunity for me to play against the best deaf basketball players in the world.”
The first Deaflympics were held in Paris in 1924 and, like the Summer and Winter Olympics, they are held every four years. However, unlike those games, deaf athletes do not receive government funding, leaving a big expense for the athletes.
“In other countries, for example, deaf athletes receive contributions from their government, a medal and money. Here in the United States, we just get a pat on the back, that’s really it.”
Jon is looking to raise $4,500 to get to the games. As for the team, he thinks it will be very good.
“We will definitely win the gold, there is no doubt about that.”