LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Friday was the night before their next game, but the Tates Creek Girls’ Basketball team started this practice off the court.
Next week, the team will face new opponents, and they’ve spent the last three weeks learning how to communicate with them when they get here.
“These are things that help bring our community together,” said Tates Creek Girls Basketball Coach Jana Costner. “When you learn more about other people and their culture, practices, religion, whatever it may be, then you’ve just bridged a gap.”
Once Coach Costner learned Tates Creek will play the Kentucky School for the Deaf, she brought the school’s in-house interpreter in to teach the girls sign language.
“It’s that community piece of being aware of people of all abilities,” Costner said.
Coach Costner knows she has a great group of girls, but she didn’t know how open to this experience they would be.
“This is a reflection of our coach,” said senior Ashton Harris. “She’s always trying to include people or give our team different experiences that they might not get outside of school or outside of basketball.”
“This is a big step for our team and the younger girls who can use this in the future,” said fellow senior Chloe Byrd.
Harris and Byrd say even though on Thursday they’ll technically be competitors, they still can’t wait to welcome the School for the Deaf’s team.
“We’re learning new questions today and I’m so excited to ask them,” Harris said.
The game tips off on February 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Tates Creek High School.
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