BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Basking Ridge Country Club PGA Head golf professional Sue Delaney and her daughter, Jennifer, conducted a golf clinic teaching Deaf and Hard of Hearing students from Governor Livingston High School. This groundbreaking clinic was remarkable in that it was taught all while using American Sign Language.
Jennifer Delaney is a rising senior at Towson University in Maryland majoring in Elementary Education and just finished her minor in Deaf Studies. With her experience in golf, combined with her knowledge of ASL, Jennifer had learned what she needed to interpret this clinic for her mother.
While using the hands-on sport like golf, and interpreting the rules of the game, Sue and Jennifer were able to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing.
The high school students seemed to be thrilled to have a new face to share the language with and learn a new skill. Most, if not all, had never attempted the sport before; thus, this was not only a great exploratory experience, but most of them left interested in pursuing the game.
It were these students that made this experience such a success.