NorthWest Association for the Deaf Basketball
Hall of Fame
Class of 2012:
Roddy Cabbage played in NWAAD/NWADB since 1990 for Idaho. He was voted 1st team All Star 3 times (1996, 1998, and 1999) and 2nd team All Star twice (1997, and 2003). He also was awarded for Best Defensive Player in 2002. He scored 493 points along with 280 rebounds, 75 assists, 69 steals, and 13 blocks in only 38 games. Roddy Cabbage grew up in Gooding, Idaho, and attended ISDB. While at ISDB, he participated in all the sports ISDB offered - soccer, basketball and track as well as the city swim team during the summer. He was an outstanding athlete and leader on all the teams he was on at ISDB and on the swim team. He qualified for the state track meet his Junior year - triple jump, long jump, 400M and pole vault (placed 6th in pole vault) and Senior year - triple jump and pole vault (placed 3rd in pole vault). He is the current holder of several varsity track records at ISDB. After graduating from ISDB, he attended Gallaudet University where he played football, soccer and track as well as several other intramural sports. He also played for Holyoke in the NEAAD basketball tournament in 1986 and 1988 and was honored with 1st team all-stars in 1986. In 1988, his Holyoke (Mass.) team won the NEAAD championship and placed 4th in the AAAD tourney. After college, he returned home to work at ISDB and also to resume his basketball and softball career for IACD in the NWSAD and NWADB tourneys. He currently lives in Santa Fe, NM and works at the New Mexico School for the Deaf as a Director of Student Life. He was on the coaching staff when their football team won the state 6-man championship in 2006.
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Graduated from Oregon School for the Deaf, Brenda Bessner was an all-around basketball player, and coach for Seattle team. During her career with the NWADB's Seattle and Tacoma teams from 1998 to 2006, she became the all-time leader with 143 rebounds in NWADB history; she also won 2nd Team All Star in 1992, 1st Team All Star in 1993 and 1994. She was also named the Coach of the Tournament in 1998.