“The biggest compliment you can give her is that you forget that she is deaf,” he said. “She just blends in with every other player. There is no real significant difference when you watch Casey play.”
The Bexley native has exceled as a young player, having helped Bishop Hartley High School to three-straight district finals and OP has one of the best reputations in Central Ohio. In 2014, Casey took another step in her journey.
King achieved that goal two years later when she was selected to be part of the player pool for the 2016 Deaf World Cup. After two years of training with the team as a 15- and 16-year-old, Casey earned a spot on the roster and jetted off to Italy to compete for the world championship. The U.S. outscored its opponents 22-2 in the preliminary round before advancing to the knockout rounds and then facing Russia in the championship match. The team claimed its second consecutive World Champion title with a 3-0 win and Casey remains in the player pool.
“I played with so many standout deaf and hard-of-hearing players and we won,” King said. “We won the final game and I would say that final game was my best throughout the tournament.”
King scored twice against Russia. Her time with the national team was the first time she had trained and played on a team made up entirely of deaf and hard-of-hearing players, an experience she said was surprisingly easy having played on hearing teams for her entire life.
Even after returning to the States with a gold medal, the rising junior did not have much time to relax. Next on her list was deciding where she wanted to attend college. A good student, Casey kept her options open until deep into her senior year. She even visited Gallaudet University, a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students in Washington, D.C., and although she had a good visit at Gallaudet, she felt that it was not the best fit for her.
“I was a little bit late to make my decision. I committed in March of my senior year,” she said. “I live about five minutes away from [Capital] so I was a little unsure about that but when I came to visit for the honors scholarship program and it just made me realize ‘Wow, there are a lot of good people here’ and it was different than I thought it would be.”
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