With the United States women having wrapped up group play at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships in Taiwan, Nukeitra Hayes finds herself tied with Victoria Faieta for rebounds and blocked shots for her team with 31 and 5 in three games. She is also second on the team in total points with 44.
The 6 foot tall Hayes celebrated her 27th birthday on Sunday when the United States beat Japan 95 – 35. The center was part of the United States team that won gold at the 2013 Deaflympic Games in Sofia.
When not with the national team, she is involved with basketball as a coach. She serves as the Varsity Girls Head Basketball Coach for Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington DC. Prior to that, she served as the Girls Assistant Basketball Coach at the Indiana School for the Deaf. She was also involved as a player, playing collegiate ball for Gallaudet University, where she was named the Capital Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year in 2008. She also was named a CAC Co-Women’s Basketball Players of the Week in December 2008 while a sophomore. In her senior year at Gallaudet, she played 24 games where she averaged 12 points 10 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.6 turnovers, 2.3 steals and 1.7 blocked shots a game.
When Hayes is not being a dominant presence on the court, she is pursuing a Master’s in Sports and Performance Psychology at University of the Rockies. She graduated from Gallaudet University in 2012 with Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Sports Programming. In September 2014, her coming out story was posted on YouTube by ASLized!.
Team USA statistics after 3 games of group play.
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