Bethel Professor Selected for Deaflympics; Raising Money to Participate

Jennifer KutckaBethel College Associate Professor of Deaf Studies/Sign Language Interpreting Program Jennifer Kutcka will be one of the 120 elite deaf and hard of hearing athletes to represent the United States in this year’s 22nd Summer Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria from July 26 through Aug. 4.

“Being selected for the USA Summer Deaflympics Team is an honor and a major achievement for me and my fellow Deaflympians,” says Kutcka, who will be a part of the bowling team.

Kutcka says the biggest challenge is not the competition itself, but securing funds. She must raise at least $4,800 to cover all costs, including international airfare and training expenses since the United States Olympic Committee does not provide any funding.

She will be hosting a Zumba night in South Bend at Gospel Center Missionary Church gym on June 27 from 6 – 8 p.m. The cost is $10. Supporters can also send a financial contribution today. The USA Deaf Sports Federation is a registered 501-(c)3 nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Make your check/money order payable to USADSF, put Jennifer Kutcka in the memo line and send it to her address: 52305 Wood Haven Court, Granger, IN 46530.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 70 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 19 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. In addition to its beautifully wooded 75-acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.