Macon Olympian

1 decade 1 year 7 months ago Monday, April 23 2007 Apr 23, 2007 Monday, April 23, 2007 9:12:56 AM CDT April 23, 2007 in Sports

She's excelled in sports at every level, from high school in Fulton, to the international stage in Greece. Nada Thomas is a member of the U.S.A. Deaf National Basketball team. Despite living all 24 years of her life without a sense of sound, she feels fortunate.

"I know that because they picked me to play basketball, and I've been able to see the world," said Thomas.

Thomas doesn't see herself at a disadvantage on the court either. She might not be able to hear the screams of the crowd or a yelling coach, but teammates say Thomas knows what's going on and has her own way of communicating within the game.

"I notice when the crowd goes crazy, yeah, but really I only feel vibrations like the ball bouncing or someone clapping," said Thomas.

While she waits to meet up with her national teammates later this spring in Washington D.C., she practices at the Macon YMCA. Her life long friend Demetre Hicks thinks playing with the boys helps her confidence.

"If you're out there 24-7 playing with the guys, then you look at girls like, I played with guys, I can come down and I can bang, and I got the big body to do it," said Hicks.

Guys or girls, sounds or silence, most basketball players will tell you there's only one true test, and the ball never lies.

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