Utah hosts national basketball tournament for the deaf

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah played host to a unique type of basketball tournament Saturday.

Eight schools from California, Oregon, Arizona, Washington and of course Utah participated in the Western States Basketball and Cheerleading Classic.

Utah hosts national basketball tournament for the deaf

What makes this tournament unique is the fact that almost everyone involved -- including players, refs, coaches and cheerleaders -- is deaf.

"For the deaf schools to have an opportunity to compete against their peers and be able to communicate in their own language, there's no language barrier, they are able to sign, it's really a good opportunity for the kids," said Craig Radford, senior director for the tournament.

Utah's team, the USDB Eagles, is sponsored by the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind.

A team from Fremont, Calif. won the girls division. As of 10 p.m. the men's team from Freemont was leading in that division.

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