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Deaf Awareness Week Keynote

Sep 23, 2013
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Davis Center 417/419 (Livak Ballroom)

"No Dream is Impossible," Ashley Fiolek, champion deaf motocross racer.

Ashley Fiolek, 22 years old, is a professional motocross racer. She was born profoundly deaf and attended the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind. At the tender age of 7, she began her racing career and eventually went on to be the first deaf person to win an American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) championship. Since then, she has earned 4 more championships in her 5 years of racing as a pro. Ashley was the youngest girl to win a championship and also the first person to win a championship in her rookie year. At the X Games, she was the first deaf person to win a gold medal and has won two medals in the two times that she competed at the X Games.

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