Luke and Margie Race Again

RIT/NTID alumnus Luke Adams and his mother Margie.

RIT/NTID alumnus Luke Adams and his mother, Margie, will be featured a second time on the popular CBS reality show “The Amazing Race” when the 18th season kicks off on Feb. 20, the network confirmed today.

Luke, who received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2008, became the first deaf contestant on the show when he and his mother raced around the world in season 14, which aired in 2009. The show features teams that are given clues that take them around the world, often to exotic locations. The teams are confronted with physical and mental tasks to complete to receive additional clues. The last team to check in each week is usually eliminated. The first-place team shares a $1 million prize.

In season 14, Luke slid down a hill in the Alps with a 50-pound wheel of cheese, ran in his underwear in sub-freezing temperatures in Russia, got bitten by a bird in China and carried a pig on a pole in Hawaii. He and his mother made the finals that season and came in third place, winning $10,000.

The next season of “The Amazing Race” features previous contestants who have “unfinished business,” according to CBS. The race was taped in November and December and contestants have been sworn to secrecy about the outcome.

Luke, 25, who CBS says works as a motivational speaker, worked at NTID in the summer of 2009 as a co-director of Orientation Assistants for NTID’s Summer Vestibule Program, which welcomes incoming students to RIT. While here, Luke entertained audiences by talking about his experiences on the show. Margie, of Colorado Springs, Colo., also visited Luke in Rochester and spoke to parents here about her experience raising a deaf child and sending him off to college.

Luke was named Deaf Person of the Year in 2009 by Deaf Life magazine and appeared on its cover.

On his first appearance on the show, Luke said he hoped to set an example that deaf people can do anything. “A lot of deaf people think you can’t go on TV, or shouldn’t apply to different things,” he said. “I want to give deaf people hope. That’s what I want to do.”

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