ICSD Honorary Life Member Title to Dr. Donalda Kay Ammons

The International Committee of Sport for the Deaf (ICSD) is pleased to inform you that during the ICSD Executive Board meeting in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, we have re-confirmed and supported the decision made by the previous ICSD Executive Board members on January 22, 2010 at Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia awarding the ICSD Honorary Life Member Title to Dr. Donalda Kay Ammons for her many years of huge contributions and development of the International Committee of Sport for the Deaf.

Dr. Donalda Kay Ammons, born and raised in Washington D.C. USA, has been involved in Deaf sports for more than 40 years as an athlete, coach and leader. She served the United States Deaf Sports Federation for 20+ years and served on the ICSD Board for 14 years first as 2nd Vice President and then Secretary General.  In 2003, she became acting President upon the untimely death of ICSD President, Mr. John M. Lovett and eventually was officially elected for the President position at the 2005 ICSD Congress in Melbourne. During her tenure with the ICSD, to name a few, she was instrumental in securing the new name - Deaflympics, expanding world championships, enabling ICSD to sign the Brighton Declaration, collaborating with International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and balancing and strengthening ICSD financial status.

Dr. Ammons attended and graduated with honors with three advanced degrees - a Bachelor’s degree in Social Philosophy, a Master’s degree in Deaf Education and a doctoral degree in Higher Education with concentration in Foreign Language Education.  She was awarded the title of Professor Emerita after serving for 31 years as a full-time tenured professor of Spanish at Gallaudet University, the world’s only liberal arts university for the deaf in Washington, D.C.

In addition, Dr. Ammons has served on national and international level organizations in various capacities. She continues to contribute as an author of numerous articles on Deaf culture and sports, published in various professional journals and books. Dr. Ammons has presented papers and conducted workshops relating to human rights for deaf people, deaf sports, and political and educational leadership in more than 50 countries.

Our sincere congratulations on this highest honor of the ICSD Honorary Life Member Title to Dr. Donalda Ammons for her contribution to the development of World Deaf Sports.