WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet Athletics Department has announced the recipients for October’s Bison of the Month award presented by Gallaudet Interpreting Services (GIS) and both are first time winners. Men’s soccer junior Jean-Pierre Kanashiro (Springfield, Va.) and sophomore women’s cross country runner Shadoe Williamson (Austin, Texas) were selected for their impressive performances as Bison student-athletes during the month of October.
Through 10 games in October Kanashiro totaled 37 shots and had at least one shot in every game and ended with five goals. Kanashiro went through a scoring streak in October in which he scored a goal in four consecutive games including a late game-winning goal against North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) foe Penn St.-Berks on Oct. 21 during Homecoming Weekend. The win marked the first home conference win by Gallaudet since a 3-2 win over Marymount (Va.) University on October 27, 1997. Due to his outstanding play Kanashiro was named to the All-NEAC First Team this season, the first honor for the Bison program in the NEAC since they joined the conference two years ago. The last Bison men’s soccer player to earn a spot on an all-conference first team happened in 1997.
“JP brings the talent, the experience, and the passion for soccer that our program was lacking. He is a tireless leader on the field as he plays with a lot of enthusiasm,” said Gallaudet men’s soccer coach Luis Gendive.
Williamson had a successful month of October in the three races Gallaudet participated in. On Oct. 8 at the Desales Invitational, Williamson was the second Bison to finish the 6K race with a time of 30:48.67. Williamson placed eighth overall on Oct. 15 at the Hood College Invitational 5K with a time of 23:20. The eighth place finish is the highest a Bison placed this season. Her final race took place on Oct. 29 at the NEAC championships where she finished 22nd out of 82 runners with a time of 22:08. Williamson was a second shy of earning all-conference honors.
“Shadoe is well deserving of the Bison of the Month award,” said Gallaudet cross country coach Mikaela Gardner Hudson. “She continued to shown her mental and physical toughness throughout the season as she has developed into a leader for both our cross country program.”
This is the second Bison of the Month Award for the 2011-2012 season. November’s Bison of the Month will be released in early December.
GIS, a unit of the division of Administration and Finance at Gallaudet University was established to provide quality-sign language interpreting service to Gallaudet University and its constituencies. Last year, over 75,000 hours of interpreting services were provided to Gallaudet University and clients in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas. The passage of the 1992 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) made equal access for all persons with disabilities the law. This law requires that "reasonable accommodation" be made to allow individuals with disabilities to participate and receive the same services and benefits available to those without disabilities. Gallaudet Interpreting Service (GIS) can assist you with meeting the requirements of the ADA by providing quality, reliable interpreting service for your events. For more information or to contact GIS please visit its website at www.gallaudet.edu/gis.