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Sinai Says: A spark of inspiration at Maccabi Ashdod
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With rockets dominating even the sporting headlines in Israel in recent days it's easy to forget the positive side of sports.
With rockets dominating even the sporting headlines in Israel in recent days it's easy to forget the positive side of sports. Dwight Brewington is a perfect example of why sports play such an important role in western society and acts as an inspiration for so many. Brewington joined Maccabi Ashdod of Israeli basketball's second-tier National League in the summer and has since become one of the team's most important players. The 24-year-old averages 24.9 points per game, fourth best in the division, and has led his team to second position after 11 games. All of this would not be noteworthy had Brewington not been born almost completely deaf. The 1.95 meter shooting-guard plays with hearing aids in both his ears, after being born with a 60 percent hearing loss, and communicates with his coach and teammates mainly through eye contact and lip reading. "I thought I might have problems with the Israeli accent, but I can still read the lips of the coach and the point-guard and that's the most important thing for me," Brewington once said about playing at Ashdod. A native of Lynn, Massachusetts, Brewington played two seasons at Providence College and averaged 13.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore before transferring to fellow NCAA Division I program Liberty University, at which he averaged 14.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. Brewington declared for the NBA draft in 2007, explaining that although he knew he wouldn't be picked, he put himself up for selection so that everyone would know that he intends to become a professional player. He decided to begin his pro career in the NBA Development League, playing one season at Tulsa and Albuquerque before choosing to look for his fortune across the Atlantic Ocean. Despite his disability, Brewington is still certain he will one day become the NBA's first deaf player and will continue working hard until he fulfils his dream. "Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them. But do not let them master you," deaf and blind American author Helen Keller once wrote. Brewington has done exactly that and is a vivid reminder of why sports remains such an inspiration for so many of us.
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