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  • Recognized as the only national athletic association to coordinate the participation of American deaf and hard of hearing individuals in international competition, the USADSF has been affiliated with the Comite International des Sports des Sourds (CISS) since 1948. The USADSF is also affiliated with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). Its purpose is to foster and regulate uniform rules of competition and provide social athletes for deaf members and their frineds; serve as a parent organization for regional sports organizations; conduct annual athletic competitions; and assist in the participation of US teams in the international competition.

    The USA Deaf Sports Federation embraces universal values of self-respect, sportsmanship, and competition, which transcend all boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, race, and religion.

    The USADSF believes that through recreational opportunities, sports training, and competition, deaf and hard of hearing people can benefit physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually in an environment of equality, mutual respect, and acceptance.The USADSF believes in the consistent and ongoing training and development of deaf and hard of hearing individuals as leaders, coaches, officials, and participants.

    To provide year-round training and athletic competition in a variety of sports at the state, regional, national, and international level for developing and elite athletes. To assist athletes in developing physical fitness, sportsmanship, and self-esteem.

    To provide deaf and hard of hearing children and adults with opportunities to compete with their peers as well as the larger society of athletes worldwide. Through the United States Olympic Committee's National Governing bodies, the USADSF produces competitive U.S. Teams at the World Games for the Deaf.

    The USADSF's activities contribute to the physical, social, and psychological development of deaf and hard of hearing athletes. Through sports, self-confidence and positive self-images are developed which carry over into the classroom, home, workplace, and community.Recreational pursuits provide for an enriched social environment, friendships, and new activities.