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Boys basketball: Hinsdale South player doesn't let hearing issues stop him on court

<p>Rashad Gatlin (white jersey) of Hinsdale South &nbsp;| Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media &nbsp;</p>

Rashad Gatlin (white jersey) of Hinsdale South  | Jon Cunningham/For Sun-Times Media  

Hinsdale South senior Rashad Gatlin spent the past two seasons playing for Joliet West but he's back with the Hornets thanks to a special program designed to help him, according to High School Cube News.

Rashad Gatlin lives in Joliet, but played basketball at Hinsdale South as a freshman.

He competed for Joliet West the last two seasons to be closer to home, then returned to Hinsdale South this season and has emerged as a key player for first-year coach Brett Moore.  

Gatlin receives special treatment on the bench, and it’s not because he’s trying to understand a new system.

He is hard of hearing and an interpreter using sign language helps him understand questions. Gatlin estimates that he has 75 percent hearing that allows him to speak fluently; he has no trouble providing a response in his own voice.

Gatlin returned to Hinsdale South because of the school’s deaf/hard of hearing program, which draws students from all over the west and southwest suburbs. Two recent players from the program on Hinsdale South’s football team traveled from Riverside and Berwyn.

[Read more at High School Cube News]

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