ZVRS will be hosting the Z Festival in Austin, Texas on May 12, 2012. I will be making an appearance there at the Texas School for the Deaf. Come out and meet the ZVRS Team!
AUSTIN, Texas [May 10, 2012] – The Z™ is proud to announce special guest Matt “The Hammer” Hamill,
among other entertainment guests, at its Z Festival to take place Saturday May 12, 2012, at Texas
School for the Deaf (TSD). The event will benefit the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation as well as the
Physical Education Department at TSD.
The Z™, the award-winning pioneer of Video Relay Services (VRS), is excited to bring “The Hammer” to
Austin. Mr. Hamill is a deaf American amateur wrestler and MMA fighter known for his successful reign
in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He was also a three-time NCAA Wrestling Division III National
Champion (167 lb. class in 1997, 190 lb. class in 1998, and 197 lb. class in 1999) while attending the
Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.
In addition to “The Hammer”, The Z™ has other entertainment venues planned. Rathskellar is a show
like no other, with blasting performance that brings the very best in American Sign Language (ASL)
artistry, percussion and dance. Further, Magic By Nina is a children’s magic show full of Russian cultural
enrichment and laughs.
Various vendors will be present at the Festival as well, including various deaf-owned business owners
and food vendors, such as famed ViUDA Bistro of Buda, and Crazy Crepes of Austin.
The Z Festival will be kicked off by a 5K Run/Walk as well as 1K Run for children, which “The Hammer”
will be none too proud to participate in as well as a glowing role model of fitness for the deaf/hard of