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Last month, I was invited to a charity movie showing of “The Hammer” which is based on the true story of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship. Matt was born a deaf child in a hearing community. With a mentor in the form of his loving grandfather (Stanley), played with bravery and heart by Raymond Barry, and a supportive family, he grew up different, fighting for acceptance and inclusion, throughout his school career. Matt never truly belonged until he became an adopted member of the Deaf community at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where the film shows him growing as an athlete and a person, leading to an epic and emotional finale.

This sure was a very powerful movie telling a true story about deaf culture and a wrestler who was deaf from birth. It shows what it is like being deaf and hard of hearing person with the use of muted sounds, no sound at all, and complete true audio during the scenes. All of the actors gave wonderful performances. There were moments that made you laugh, moments that made you cry and moments that kept you on the edge of your seat. I recommend everyone to see this movie and continue their support of Matt “The Hammer” Hamill! His story is one of triumph and inspiration which the writers and director captured beautifully.


Danny Li, Admissions Coordinator





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