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Blind Youth from Los Angeles & Cleveland to Experience Inspiration at U.S. Olympic Training Center This Weekend

20 Feb, 2011


The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is hosting a Paralympic Sports Education Camp at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs this weekend. Participants are arriving today, with the program set for Saturday and Sunday.

Committed to improving the lives of children and adults who are blind or visually impaired to achieve independence, the Cleveland Sight Center located in Cleveland, Ohio and the Junior Blind of America located in Los Angeles, California will each send ten youngsters to meet Paralympic and Olympic athletes and participate in various Paralympic sports, including judo, track and field, powerlifting, and goalball (a team sport specifically designed for athletes who are blind and visually impaired).

"Junior Blind is pleased to renew our partnership with USABA, giving our students the opportunity to meet and train with Paralympic athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs," says Miki Jordan, President and CEO of Junior Blind. "For teens who are blind or visually impaired, interacting with successful Paralympic athletes can provide them with lessons about dreaming big, working hard and never giving up on their goals."

All clinics will be lead by Paralympic athletes and coaches at the U.S. Olympic Training Center including Scott Moore (Denver, CO), the first athlete ever to win a gold medal in either the Paralympics or Olympics in judo for the United States, three-time Paralympic distance runner Tim Willis (Colorado Springs, CO) who has won five medals and Robin Theryoung, (Colorado Springs, CO) member of Women’s National Goalball Team who won gold at the Beijing Paralympic Games currently training for the London Paralympic Games.

"The overwhelming response from all ten of the teenagers and young adults from Cleveland Sight Center participating in the weekend Sports Camp is sheer excitement and anticipation – everyone is thrilled and realizes this as an opportunity of a lifetime", said Dr. Steve Friedman, President of Cleveland Sight Center. "We welcome the opportunity to partner with USABA, an organization with a national reputation for excellence and committed, as we are, to the empowerment and independence of persons who are blind or have a visual impairment."

About the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes
A member organization of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USABA is a non-profit organization that improves the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired through sport, recreation and physical activity. For more information visit www.usaba.org.

About the Cleveland Sight Center
A multi-faceted nonprofit agency founded in 1906 serving people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired that provides preventative, educational, rehabilitative, and many other vision support services directly to approximately 10,000 clients in the greater Cleveland area each year. Fore more information visit: www.clevelandsightcenter.org.

About the Junior Blind
Since 1953, Junior Blind has been an innovative leader in helping people of all ages who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled achieve independence. Each year, Junior Blind provides services to thousands of individuals and their families through programs that offer individualized methods of early-intervention therapy, education, rehabilitation and recreation. These life-changing programs are designed to empower infants, children, teens and adults to reach their highest level of independence and self-esteem. To learn more, please visit www.juniorblind.org.

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