Softball Signers – KELOLAND TV

Softball Signers

With warm weather here, more kids are heading outdoors. For some, that means joining a summer sports team. This is the story of one softball team that’s a little different than the others. 

You can always tell when a group of kids is having a good time. Sometimes the signs are subtle, sometimes they tell the story. 

Spencer Willey says, “I like playing baseball.” 

Like all the others, this preschool team’s average height is almost four feet and their average attention span is right around four seconds. But one thing’s a little different. 

Dawson Postl says, “It’s the Deaf team, with some hearing people.” 

Inside each one of their hunter green shirts is a kid who either is deaf, has a cochlear implant, or is a KODA. 

Postl says, “It means your parents are Deaf.” 

Postl is a KODA himself and his dad Rick is the team’s coach.

Rick Postl says, “For me, it’s a privilege to be Deaf and I see that Deaf kids are the same. They have the opportunity to live a normal life just communicating with their hands.” 

And when watching these kids, it’s easy to see that their coach is right. If you ask about any special girls on the team you get, a boy will just shake his head and laugh. 

Show up with a camera and tell kids they might be on TV, and they’ll stick out their tongue. 

Whether they’re running straight for home, or not sure where to go, these kids show their coach that this field is for everyone. 

Coach Postl says, “On the field, there are players who want to play, who want to learn the game, who want to win. 

And the fact that someone is Deaf or hearing, black or white, it doesn’t matter. It’s just a fun game that everyone loves to play.” 

And the kids, just out having a good time, are showing all the signs of that.


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