San Francisco, CA, Oct. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oct, 16, 2020 -- The success story of US Men’s Deaf Soccer Team was featured on BAND’s social channels. BAND is a communication platform widely utilized by sports teams, cheer squads, marching bands, as well as other team activities. The US Men’s Deaf Soccer Team is a long-time BAND user who used the app during the preparations leading up to the Pan American Games.
For the team, the 2019 Pan American Games was the first time they had ever taken home a medal, much less a first-place trophy. At the 10-day tournament in Chile, the US team successfully faced off against four other countries, including Chile, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.
However, their victory did not come without its obstacles. Not only did they have to self-fundraise for each player to attend the tournament, but they also had to play all four games in four consecutive days. Moreover, the team was only able to have 2 in-person practices together in the year leading up to the competition. It seems like that winning was out of the questions, but they never gave up.
“One of the biggest things that keeps us going is just communicating with each other, whether we’re all together in person or we’re separated by thousands of miles.” Chris, Goalkeeper and Men’s Vice President, picked communication as a key factor that led the team to victory.
“I think it’s all about being on the same page and working toward the same goal from the first player to the 23rd player” said Centerback William. “I think one of the biggest things that our program has improved over the last few years is that communication aspect.” said Goalkeeper Chris.
The US Men’s Deaf Soccer Team uses BAND app for their communication. After adopting BAND, they felt more connected as a team. “I first started using BAND for my high school soccer team that I coach, and I noticed the kids becoming much more aware of announcements. It was just so much easier to get information out to them, so then I suggested it to our men’s national team.” Chris said.