HOVRS Sponsors Two Deaf Athletes at the 2007 Deaflympic Winter Games
Tuesday February 6, 12:09 pm
ETROCKLIN, Calif., Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Hands On Video Relay Services,
Inc. (HOVRS) today announced that the company is sponsoring two Deaf athletes
at the 2007 Deaflympic Winter Games, beginning last week.
The two athletes, Darrick De La O and Keith Doane will be representing
HOVRS at the Deaflympics which take place February 1-10, 2007 in Salt Lake
City and Park City, Utah. It is anticipated that over 4,000 people will be
attending this international event.
Darrick De La O is originally from Huntington Beach, California. Darrick
graduated from the California School for the Deaf, Riverside. At the 1999
Winter Deaf Games, Darrick won the gold medal for snowboarding in the
Keith Doane, who was born and raised in Minnesota, will be participating
in the alpine skiing events. Keith attended the California School for the
Deaf, Fremont, and graduated in 2004. He is currently a Gallaudet University
student and in his third year, doubling majors in both Education/History and
To learn more about Darrick and Keith, go to:http://www.hovrs.com/news/200701b/index.html .
“HOVRS is extremely proud to sponsor two talented Deaf athletes at the
Winter Deaflympics 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is our pleasure to assist
these two unique individuals in achieving their goals and dreams of competing
in this international sporting event,” said Ronald E. Obray, CEO and founder
of HOVRS. “HOVRS takes great pride in partnering with the Deaflympics and is
pleased to be associated with an event of this global magnitude.”
The Deaflympics, which is under the patronage of the International Olympic
Committee, began in Paris in 1924 and is the second-oldest multi-sport and
cultural event in the world. The deaf and hard-of-hearing have their own
international sports competition because they are able-bodied under Olympic
rules and cannot participate in the Paralympics. At the same time,
communication barriers like sound-based starting devices and verbal
officiating keep many deaf and hard-of-hearing athletes from participating in
the Olympics. In the Deaflympics, rules and procedures are similar to those in
Olympic competitions except flashing lights and hand signals or flags are used
instead of starting guns or whistles.
The official Deaflympic torch arrived on Feb. 1, 2007 and will re-light
the flame at Salt Lake City’s 2002 Olympic Cauldron Park, setting the stage
for 10 days of competition, cultural events, and efforts to build a legacy for
future Deaflympians. Some of the venues for the 16th Deaflympic Winter Games
are the same facilities used for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Events will
include five individual and team events: alpine skiing, snowboarding, Nordic
skiing, ice hockey and curling. Snowboarding and alpine skiing will take place
at Park City Mountain Resort and Nordic skiing will be at Soldier Hollow
HOVRS traditionally sponsors Deaf and Hard of Hearing athletes and teams
in a wide array of sports throughout the year and is proud to be afflicted
with the 2007 Deaflympics Winter Games.
How VRS Works
Video Relay Service (VRS) allows a person who uses sign language to place
a relay call to a hearing person by communicating through a certified sign
language interpreter. VRS requires the use of a high-speed Internet connection
and a video camera to place a call. A VRS call may be initiated by a person
who uses sign language or by a hearing person to a sign language user. The
interpreter will relay the conversation between the two parties. Hands On also
provides a Video Relay Service to Spanish speaking customers. It is also the
only provider to offer text messaging on PC, Macintosh and videophones while
on a video relay call.
About Hands On Video Relay Services, Inc.
Based in Rocklin, California, HOVRS is a recognized leader in Video Relay
Services throughout the country. The company has experienced over 50% growth
in the last year. It is the only provider to provide video relay services on
Macintosh, PC and videophones. The company has been serving the needs of the
Deaf and Hard of Hearing community since 1992 when it first established Hands
On Sign Language Services, Inc., a community based sign language services
agency. The company is committed to removing communication barriers for Deaf
and Hard of Hearing individuals while providing quality services they can rely
on. Hands On is a linguistically diverse company that employs both Deaf/Hard
of Hearing and hearing employees. For more information, visit our website at
Hands On Video Relay Services, Inc.