USADB Mourns Loss of Revell, Morse and Strassler.

USADB mourns the loss of three individuals who have passed away within the last month.

Jim RevellJim Revell passed away on December 15, 2021 at age of 77. Quoted from Iowa Association of the Deaf, Inc website ( – “He was a well-known guy for his involvement in deaf sports as President of the Far West Athletic Association of the Deaf and as a sports commissioner of the American Athletic Association of the Deaf.” American Athletic Association of the Deaf (AAAD) was split into two organizations, USA Sports Deaf Federation (USADSF) and USA Deaf Basketball (USADB) in 1999. More information about Jim can be found at:

Wayne MorseWayne Morse passed away on December 22, 2021 at age of 74. He was a prominent leader in Midwest Athletic Association of the Deaf in various officer positions. He volunteered his time at various USADB national tournament as a scorekeeper, whether he attended as a MAAD officer or the tournament hosted in his home state. More information about Wayne can be found at:

Barry StrasslerBarry Strassler passed away on January 16, 2022 at age of 79. He was an editor, publisher and founder of DeafDigest. He had a love for sports and used his ‘passion’ to seek deaf athletes as well as published deaf sports. Quoted from Gallaudet Athletics website ( – “Strassler is a walking encyclopedia of Gallaudet University athletics knowledge and a huge supporter and advocate for deaf news and deaf sports.” He helped write AAAD History. More information about Barry can be found at

USADB would like to hear from you! If you know of an individual who contributed to AAAD and/or USADB in any capacity and has passed away, please email Public Relations at with name and information such as links or 1-3 sentences.