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USA Deaf Basketball Hosts National Tournament in Concord

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USA Deaf Basketball kicked off it's annual national tournament yesterday in Concord yesterday.

The tournament features teams from all across North America -- about 20 on the men's side and 14 on the women's -- and is being held at Carolina Courts.

At first glance, it looks and sounds a lot like any other basketball tournament. When you take a closer look, it's obvious that the players, coaches and even the referees are communicating differenly than the rest of us. The calls are the same, the play is the same, and the players still shout at the refs when they think they made a bad call: they just use sign language.

There is also a Youth All-Star game held in conjunction with the tournament. It was founded by David Hamilton, a player and coach at the tournament.

Hamilton -- who has been to several international events for basketball -- started the All-Star game as a way to showcase talent that might not otherwise get seen. He thinks it's important to increase exposure in order to show children in the deaf community that the sky is the limit when it comes to basketball, regardless of their impairment.

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