Originally, this organization was called the Federation of Silent Sports of Alberta. It was incorporated in Edmonton with eight charter members, on December 3, 1974. The charter members were Joanne Robinson, John Burton, Kathryn Stone, David Mason, Dave Gourlay, Macklin Youngs, George Stothart, and Catherine Sicoli.

The organization name was changed to Alberta Deaf Sports Association on May 22, 1984 due to the decision made by the national deaf sports and other provincial deaf sports associations to delete the term, "Federation". This term was not commonly used in reference to such type of a non-profit organization.

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1974                                1986                                 1990             

Prior to the new and fourth logo change in 2009, the ADSA had three logos re-imaged.

In the1950's, the Edmonton Association of the Deaf (EAD) and Calgary Association of the Deaf (CAD) hosted the a variety of events including sports.  Bowling and curling were the most popular sports at the time. As well, younger athletes played outdoor hockey and participated in school leagues in hockey, football, and basketball.  In the later years, more sports emerged promoting the ADSA to become incorporated to provide support to the Alberta athletes, who attended the National Championships and World Games for the Deaf - now known as the Deaflympics.

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Left Photo:  EAD Bowling - 1950's    Right Photo:  CAD Bowling - 1957                    

First International participation by Albertans: In 1965, five Edmonton players were selected for the National Men's Basketball to attend the World Summer Deaf Games (now called Deaflympics). The result was a bronze medal out of 6 teams. The athletes were Marshall Danyluk, Jim Kvarnberg, Ross Lawrence, Ralph Melnyk, and George Stothart.

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Left photo:  1965 WSGD - Canada vs Israel   Right photo:  1965 WSGD Banquet               

Photos copyrighted by the ADSA, 2011

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