FANDOM


File:ESDAA logo.jpg
Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association
AbbreviationESDAA
Formation1927
Legal statusAssociation
Purpose/focusAthletic/Educational
Membership17 Deaf Schools
Official languagesASL & English
AffiliationsNational Federation of State High School Athletics Association (NFSHSAA) & National Deaf Interscholastic Athletic Association (NDIAA)
Websitewww.esdaa.org [1]

The Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA) is an organization that oversees and regulates deaf interscholastic athletics in the US States of Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Maine. The ESDAA is headquartered at the New Jersey School for the Deaf in Trenton, New Jersey. ESDAA is the oldest Deaf High School Athletic Association in the US, founded in 1927.

Members Edit

From 1927 to present, 23 schools were members of ESDAA. Only 17 schools remains today. Ohio School for the Deaf, which joined in 2015, is the most-recently added member.

Current member schools:

Former member schools:

Sports Edit

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer (boys)
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball (girls)
  • Wrestling

History Edit

ESDAA is the oldest Deaf High School Athletic Association in the US, founded in 1927. That year Fred Moore, a teacher at the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf in New Jersey, organized the first boys' basketball tournament. The nine participating schools in this first tournament included Kendall, Fanwood, Pennsylvania, American, New Jersey, St. Joseph's, Lexington, Virginia and Maryland. The Katzenbach School (New Jersey) emerged as the first team to win ESDAA boys' basketball championship. Boys' basketball was expanded to three divisions in 1994 then formed back to two divisions in 2008.

The trophy presented to the winner of the ESDAA Div I tournament is known as the George Harlow Trophy; the winning team keeps this trophy for one year and passes it on to the winner the following year. Hence, it is called a "traveling trophy".

The girls' basketball tournament was formed in 1977. The first tournament was hosted by the Maryland School for the Deaf and the first champion was Model Secondary School for the Deaf. The girls' basketball tournament grew quickly so that in 1979 it was formed into two divisions.

The girls' volleyball tournament was first formed in 1981, and Model Secondary School for the Deaf was the first champion. The first Division II girls' volleyball tournament was held in 1999, and Delaware School for the Deaf was the first team to win ESDAA Division II volleyball title.

External links Edit

  • Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association [2]
  • History of Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association [3]
  • ESDAA - Maryland School for the Deaf [4]
  • ESDAA - New York School for the Deaf [5]
  • ESDAA - American School for the Deaf [6]
  • ESDAA - Pennsylvania School for the Deaf [7]
  • ESDAA - New York State School for the Deaf [8]
  • Deaf Digest Sports [9]
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.