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Deaf basketball league tournament competes in Chicago

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

With a crowd cheering, it may be easy to get caught up in the emotion of a basketball game. However, for some players, they literally miss out on a big part of the action. Although they cannot hear the game, it doesn't stop them from loving it.

Jose Roman, a point guard for the Chicago Rebels is one of many players with a passion for basketball. He's played on "hearing" teams before and told FOX 32 News that it is not much different.

"It's the same kind of competition with a silent game," Roman signed.

The Rebels played against the Chicago Beasts Friday night. They will meet with other teams from nearby states to compete for the Central Basketball Association of the Deaf title.

Sarah Faber is a program specialist for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing programs at the Chicago Park District, where the tournament is held.

"This is such a popular thing for the deaf community, because they all get together and that's the only time they can really see each other and communicate and socialize," Faber said.

Much of the crowd is also deaf or hard of hearing. For them, not having to read lips as the players communicate through American Sign Language unifies both fans and players, regardless of which team you're rooting for.

That is the most favorite part for these players.

"Working together as a team. We feel connected, like we are a big family," Roman added. "We all love to play basketball."

If you would like more information about the league, you can visit the Chicago Park District's website.

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