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This thesis investigates Deaf culture through football at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. It is a multimedia documentary project about Shelby Bean, a Hard of Hearing man with Goldenhar Syndrome who came to Gallaudet as a student athlete in 2009 and became a football coach after he graduated in 2013. The project is comprised of a 25-minute documentary, photography, written research and a website. The goal of this project is to reject stereotypes about communities of perceived impairment and handicaps to prove the importance of team building through sports. Gallaudet is the only university in the world designed for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and home to the world's only Deaf collegiate football team, the Bison. Ninety percent of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children are raised in Hearing families with minimal knowledge of Deaf culture or American Sign Language (ASL). Individuals say they experience marginalization for their perceived disability, and athletics became an equalizing force in their development to adulthood.