Sekeo White, our own USADB player, was featured on Rachael Ray show!
JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Earlier this month, a video of Mississippi School for the Deaf head coach Sekoe White coaching his players during a timeout, went viral on social media.
White, the boys head basketball coach, said his initial reaction to the video was comical because that’s their everyday life.But, he said after reading some of the comments on social media, he realized this was a great learning opportunity for people not familiar with ASL and the deaf community.
“The person who videoed me was fascinated with how we use ASL, who we can communicate with deaf children,” said White. “He was fascinated with that and I failed to realized, so what. I saw the video online, that’s every day practice. Then I realized the rest of the community and they expressed themselves how they felt about the video, that’s actually an educational moment and I’m very proud to share that with the world.”
White attended the Kentucky school for the Deaf. He also played basketball and graduated from a public school, where he was the only deaf student.
He said he applies those experiences to coaching his players.
“If you have a disability any kind of disability, you think you can’t,” White said. “No, no, no. I say there is a way be successful. You have to just go the extra mile. You may have to go the extra 2 miles. It might take an extra 4 miles or 10 or 20, but you know what, you got to take the hard work and go the extra miles. Everybody deserves greatness and can do that.”
White said the main goal is to teach his players the value of never giving up.
“For so many, it’s easy to give up with things when you face a challenge, but that kind of mentality or if you have the passion and desire to breakthrough all the barriers, that is the story of the my life. I’ll do what ever it takes to breakthrough the barriers. Maybe people might pick on somebody that’s deaf, they may look down on them. Say, hey you can’t play basketball.”
But, he says it was basketball that instilled those values in him.
“The dorm director, that’s my main job here. That’s what got me here. But really basketball is what I have to thank for getting me here. Because it’s taught me the value of what I can do to be successful and to give me confidence. And to use my passion and enthusiasm to now aspects of my job.”