HEARING THE HARDWOOD: Boateng’s journey through basketball

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – Jason Boateng doesn’t want to be treated any differently than anyone else on the basketball court.

“I’m still normal like you guys,” Boateng said. “There’s nothing really different about me, besides having a hard time hearing.”

Boateng, a player at Indiana Tech, is legally deaf. He has no hearing in his left ear, and can only hear out of his right when he uses his cochlear implant.

Despite his disability, Boateng has thrived in his sport, earning his spot with the Warriors, and a position with the USA U-21 team this summer.

Boateng battled with his red, white, and blue brethren, helping his team claim a gold medal at the World Deaf Championships.

He was set to ride that momentum into his next college season, before Boateng received some concerning news about his health, and his future in basketball.

Zach Groth

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