In the late seventies/early eighties, an ugly deaf sports
lawsuit surfaced with the American Athletic Association
of the Deaf (AAAD).
The AAAD bylaws allowed post-secondary students to play
club basketball provided parental consent was given.
This rule was not strictly enforced among these 8 different
There was so much jealousy in the Midwest Athletic Association
of the Deaf over Minnepaul deaf club being so dominant
in basketball, winning two national deaf championships.
A good number of players on the roster were students at
the Saint Paul Technical Vocational Institute. The MAAD
suspended the team, claiming they broke AAAD regulations.
The Minnepaul team retained the services of local Legal
Aid office to represent them in a lawsuit against MAAD.
The MAAD was forced to spend a fortune in legal fees
to fight Minnepaul in the court room. After two years
of bickering, the AAAD officers brokered a compromise –
that the Minnepaul team would be transferred to a
nearby region – the Central States Athletic Associatiion
of the Deaf.
It was moot. The outstanding players graduated from
the vocational school and moved on with their lives.