The USADSF Board has appointed Chris Kaftan as the Team Leader for the United States team going to the 2012 PanAm Games for the Deaf in Brazil this June.
Kaftan, who serves as one of the vice presidents of the Federation, has served on two separate Summer Deaflympics teams, the first in Rome in 2001 and most recently in Taipei during the 21st Summer Deaflympics three years ago. Kaftan has worked for USADSF since 2008 when he was first appointed as the Communication and Media Specialist for the Games Preparation Committee.
"With less than five months before the PanAm Games, the Board felt it was in the best interests of the United States to appoint a Team Leader from within," said Jack Lamberton, USADSF President.
"As one of our current vice presidents, Kaftan will be able to communicate with the Board and the sport organizations quickly to get everything approved in a timely manner," added Lamberton.
Kaftan has retained the previous assistant team leader from last year's PamAm Games Committee, Todd Murano. Both Kaftan and Murano will work closely with the sport teams that are going to Brazil this June.
"My first order of business is to start correspondence with the sport organizations and to develop a preliminary work plan and budget for the United States Team," said Kaftan. "Our goal is to maintain the costs for all athletes to a minimum, but it will not be easy considering the timeframe we are working with."
The 5th PamAm Games for the Deaf will take plance June 12-24, 2012 in Santos, Brazil.