California School for the Deaf football team wins with speed, teamwork and technology

Jan 14, 2017   |   Vanessa Ho

The California School for the Deaf Eagles football team at a game

In Fremont, California, the Eagles high school football team crushed most of its opponents last year for a stellar 10-1 record. They did it with hard work, teamwork, lightning-fast strikes and strong communication.

Based at the California School for the Deaf, a bilingual school, the Eagles dominate other teams with their speed and collaboration. They also use a Surface Pro 4 to prepare game strategies and develop new plays in real time.

“Microsoft Surface helps us stay on the same page — connected,” says Eagles head coach Warren Keller, whose players review videos and draw plays on the device to learn and perfect formations.

For Eagles quarterback Jax Pedersen, football is a way of showing the world what he and his teammates can accomplish through passion and dedication.

“Most hearing teams think we can’t play until we’re on the field, and then afterwards, they have a lot of respect for us,” he says. “We don’t give up. We always pursue. We always play through our pain and we’ll support each other.”

The Eagles are featured in a new Microsoft video and national ad campaign that highlight their teamwork, technology and success.

Go to the Microsoft Empowering Us All site to learn more. To learn more about the school, go to the California School for the Deaf site.

Vanessa Ho
Microsoft News Center Staff