TORONTO, CANADA | MENDHAM, NJ – 15 July 2013 – H3 Network Media Alliance, an Internet media broadcasting network, announced today they will be providing day-to-day video coverage of the Deaflympics 2013 Summer Games in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The 22nd Deaflympics Summer Games will be held from 26 July to 4 August, 2013. At least 19 sporting events have been confirmed: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bowling, Cycling, Football, Handball, Judo, Karate, Orienteering, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball and Wrestling. Deaflympics organizers expect record numbers of competitors in these sports.
“SportsDeaf,” anchored by Florian Gravogl, is a new program launched by H3 Sports that will be broadcast each day during the Deaflympics. Gravogl will report on daily highlights, provide updates on sports events, council proceedings of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) – including elections and interviews with ICSD Presidential candidates.
Information on ICSD and the Deaflympics – including historical information, current activities and future plans –with daily video recaps and athlete profiles are sponsored by Sorenson Communications. Providing variety, in addition to opening and closing ceremonies, local tourist and historical attractions in Sofia will be included along with on-the-street comments from participants.
All programming will be presented at http://www.H3.tv in International Sign with open captions in English. There is no charge to view videos using Internet access and a computer or mobile device.
“We wanted to include the general population while engaging the worldwide deaf communities,” says Hannah Reisman, H3 president. Through International Sign, H3 aims to empower and unify members of Deaf communities around the world including developing countries with limited access to programming in their local sign language. The World Federation of the Deaf estimates that over 70 million Deaf people live in our world today.
SportsDeaf’s coverage on the Deaflympics will begin July 23. H3 Sports is a subsidiary of H3 Network Media Alliance, a not-for-profit organization founded in 2009 which has reported from key sporting events including the Deaflympics and World Federation of the Deaf. H3 also produces programming covering current affairs, culture, and educational content in International Sign with open English captions. Viewers can sign up to receive weekly H3 Program Update emails at www.H3.tv.