Shaun Mains & Dylan Gardner

Workshop description:

ASL Concepts in Sports

This workshop explores the intersection of ASL and the world of sports. The facilitators will guide participants through an immersive experience of sports terminology and sports interpretation. We will work on expressing and comprehending sports-specific terminology in ASL. We will also explore specific challenges of providing ASL interpretations during sporting events or team interactions.

Picture and Bio:

Hello! My name is Shaun Mains, I was born and raised in Kent, Ohio and moved to sunny San Diego in 2015. I began as an adjunct instructor teaching ASL to several community colleges in 2018. I am a fan of the Cleveland Browns, Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Guardians, which were my local teams but now starting to like the San Diego Padres. I hope you enjoy learning sports signs and classifiers concepts in our workshop!

Dylan was born deaf and embarked on a transformative journey shaped by his unique experiences. At the age of three, he eagerly absorbed the art of Signing Exact English (SEE) under the nurturing guidance of his mother. Growing up, Dylan attended mainstream schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade, embracing education alongside his hearing peers and few deaf friends.

He graduated from Winthrop University, located in Rock Hill, SC, and set his sights on Washington, DC, to begin his career in business administration and public service. During this time, Dylan immersed himself further into the captivating world of American Sign Language (ASL).

This transformative period of assimilation provided Dylan with invaluable opportunities to evolve his signing style. Inspired by the rich linguistic tapestry that surrounded him, he gradually changed his signing style to Pidgin Signed English (PSE), which is a mixed medium of SEE and ASL. Dylan enjoyed transitioning conversations between SEE and ASL for flexibility and comfort.