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Tee Shepard to Speak at Memphis Oral School for the Deaf

Tee Shepard Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics.
Tee Shepard Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics.

Tee Shepard, a junior on the Ole Miss football team, will be the special guest at the annual Donuts for Dads Celebration at the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, Friday, July 24 at 9 a.m.

Shepard will tell his remarkable story, not just about his success on the football field, but that he has reached his dream of playing college football with a hearing loss that he has had since birth. He started playing football at the age of 7 and decided that he would not let his hearing loss hold him back from playing the game he loved. The Fresno, California, native played in high school, becoming an All-American and one of the top-ranked recruits in the nation. He signed with Notre Dame in 2012 before transferring to Holmes Community College in Mississippi where he became a 4-star recruit and No. 7-ranked player among junior college prospects. He was then signed by the Rebels in 2014.

Shepard, who is competing for a starting cornerback job for this fall, has played his entire football career without the use of hearing aids. When he arrived in Oxford, he was able to get the hearing aids he needed and for the first time, was able to hear the coach’s whistle. His talent on the field has brought him to the Ole Miss football program, but his determination and positive attitude have helped him overcome his disability.

Shepard will visit with the dads and children who attend the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf (MOSD).  MOSD is a pre-school for deaf and hearing-impaired children who learn to listen and talk, without the use of sign language. The students develop speech and language skills to successfully enter kindergarten with their hearing classmates.

Memphis Oral School for the Deaf is located on the campus of Kingsway Christian Church (7887 Poplar Avenue, Germantown, TN). For more information, visit their website, www.mosdkids.org.

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Courtesy of Ole Miss Athletics

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