Disability Pride Month Tidbits

Disability Pride Month Tidbit: The Football Huddle

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October is Disability Employment Awareness Month but at BC we turn it into Disability Pride Month! For the month of October, we’ll be posting daily FYIs with tidbits to help everyone learn more about the disability community. Enjoy!

Did you know? The football huddle was invented at a world-renowned university designed to be barrier-free for deaf and hard of hearing students, Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.?

“In 1892, the Gallaudet football team was playing against another deaf team. Paul Hubbard, the quarterback didn’t want to risk the other team seeing him using ASL to explain the play to his teammates, so he asked them to form a tight circle formation, now known as a huddle. Today, the huddle is used all over the world, in a wide variety of team sports, such as baseball, football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse and many other sports.” (www.gallaudet.edu/about/huddle)

Last Updated October 3, 2019