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Kelly Kyle Kidd ’16 Plays for National US Deaf Volleyball Team

Kelly KiddSince birth, Kelly Kyle Kidd ’16 has had a significant hearing impairment that requires her to wear bilateral hearing aids. Some may see that as a disadvantage in life, but Kelly has never let her impairment get in the way of her plans. After a distinguished high school career, Kelly played as an outside hitter on the Butler Women’s Volleyball team during her undergraduate years. Playing a Division-1 sport is no easy task, but such an undertaking takes on another level of challenge when playing with an impairment. Kelly is always up for a challenge, and a new challenge presented itself as an opportunity to represent the United States in the Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria in the summer of 2013. Kelly and her teammates communicated with an interpreter, who bridged the gap of those teammates who communicated solely by ASL (American Sign Language) and those who had some level of hearing. In only a two-week period of time, the women became fast friends and supportive teammates. They lost in the bronze medal match, but vowed to try again if the opportunity presented itself.

This summer, after graduating from PA school and getting married, Kelly again joined the US National Deaf Volleyball team in Washington, DC at the Pan American Games for the Deaf and the World Deaf Volleyball Championships. Kelly and her teammates made good on their promise and brought home gold medals for each of the games.

Kelly is keeping the door open for her future in volleyball. The next Deaflympics is in 2017 in Turkey. Kelly will determine in the near future if she will choose to compete in these games. For now, she will continue to play volleyball when she can fit it around her new job as an Orthopedic PA at Peyton Manning’s Children’s Hospital.