The Deaf Youth Games is a sporting event for young Deaf people 15 to 18 years old from all over the world. The Youth Games include Social Responsibility, Skills Development, Expression, Well-being and Healthy Lifestyles.
The sports program is somewhat like Deaflympics, a variety of events are offered, including but not necessarily limited to:
- Athletics (IAAF)
- Orienteering (IOF)
- Badminton (BWF)
- Swimming (FINA)
- Basketball 3x3 and/or 5x5 (FIBA)
- Table Tennis (ITTF)
- Beach Volleyball (FIVB)
- Triathlon (ITU)
- Cross Country (ICCU)
- Water polo: 4x4 - Goalie included (FINA)
- Football and/or Futsal 5x5 (FIFA)
- Judo (IJF)
- Wrestling: Freestyle and/or Greco-Roman styles (UWW)
- Karate (WKF)
The goal of the Deaf Youth Games is to promote Deaf culture and the rights of young Deaf and hearing- impaired individuals. In addition, organized sports for Deaf youth athletes, as well as mainstream sports for these Deaf youth athletes have become so important to the worldwide deaf community. The Deaf youth athletes no doubt are an integral part in the world of sports today.
The most important part of the Deaf Youth Games provides girls’ participation in Sports, as well as increase gender equity. The way to support girls are needed to help them recognize that athleticism and femininity are not mutually exclusive and that sweat, hard work, and strength are not solely masculine realms. We from Youth Commission support girls’ sports by encouraging greater participation of girls in the Deaf Youth Games.
In addition, The Deaf Youth Games is to encourage Deaf youth athletes to prepare themselves for future competitions in ICSD.
Away from the field of play and through a variety of fun and interactive activities, workshops and team building exercises. Which means, among other things that the Deaf Youth Games provide participating Deaf youth athletes the opportunity to learn about the Youth Games values, explore other cultures, and develop the skills to become true ambassadors of their sport.
The last but not least, the Deaf Youth Games continue to fight such stigmas by encouraging young Deaf achievement in sports and the development of Deaf culture.