View Full Version : Deaf player at Cal State Northridge overcomes disability, serves as teen's role model

02-17-2011, 05:34 PM
I know it not related to NBA but seeing as this is the most popular basketball forum I thought I should post it here.

It a great story and good article

He received the e-mail only a few weeks ago, but already Christopher Caulfield has big plans for the missive.

"I'm going to keep it for the rest of my life,'' the 14-year-old said.

Chances are you've never heard of the author.

Michael Lizarraga isn't famous. He isn't an All-America candidate or future NBA draft pick, and he isn't dating a supermodel.
He plays for the third-place team in the Big West, Cal State Northridge. Bonus points if you know the school nickname is the Matadors. He is the team's sixth-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder.

In other words, just another guy toiling in the Division I ranks, far removed from the world of one-and-dones, Top 25 rankings and Bracketology debates.

Yet to a kid who lives 2,000 miles away in Illinois, Michael Lizarraga is a hero. Caulfield watches Cal State Northridge games faithfully on his computer, and on the rare occasion he can't, he pores through the box scores the next day to see how Michael played.

"I want to be like Michael,'' Caulfield says, without a hint of irony, failing altogether to realize he's just echoed one of the most famous basketball catchphrases about the world's most famous basketball player to talk about a guy no one has heard of.

To Christopher Caulfield, Michael Lizarraga is Michael Jordan.

He's a superstar, doing things Caulfield never thought possible.

He's living the dream, playing Division I basketball, just like Caulfield always imagines.

And just like Christopher Caulfield, Michael Lizarraga is deaf. Basketball IMO is probably the most the most talkative sport when playing, since coaches yell and players are yelling something almost all the time while the game is going on. Im not deaf but I am hard of hearing, so I sort of know the difficulty of playing the game without normal hearing. I highly recommend reading the rest

02-17-2011, 05:50 PM
thats awesome man. great read. i love how he joked around saying it may be an advantage when the coach is yelling you.

02-17-2011, 07:22 PM
Cool find. Nice read !

02-17-2011, 07:28 PM
Beautiful story, honestly. Love reading things like this, inspiring and respectable.

02-17-2011, 11:16 PM
I know this kid! Went to CSUN two years ago. He is definitely inspirational.