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USABA Adds Sports Events to National Calendar

17 Mar, 2014


New Opportunities for Athletes, Coaches, Spectators and More

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) has released its calendar of events, both across the U.S. and internationally. Events range from those open to amateur competition, to elite-level competition, and everything in between. The following events are presently on the calendar. Information can be obtained by going to the USABA’s website. http://www.usaba.org/

Calendar of All Sports:

Goalball Calendar:

Please visit the USABA website for additional information.

  • April 12-13: 2014 ABANJ/USABA Northwest Regional Goalball Tournament in Westmont, New Jersey

  • May 3-4: 2014 Cascade Classic Developmental Team Goalball Tournament in Vancouver, Washington

  • May 16-17: 2014 USABA Western Regional Goalball Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah

  • June 19-21: 2014 USABA Goalball National Championships in Ames, Iowa

  • June 26-July 7: 2014 IBSA World Goalball Championships, Finland

Specific USABA notes regarding upcoming activities:

Call for Colorado Coaches: USABA will be hosting a goalball coaches clinic on April 18-19 for anyone in Colorado interested in improving their knowledge or starting from scratch. Teacher, parents and anyone else interested in developing the sport of goalball in Colorado is welcome to apply. Room accommodations on Friday, April 18 and meals will be provided. The clinic will run from 7:30 PM on Friday until 5:00 PM on Saturday. For more information or to submit your name for consideration, contact Matt Simpson at msimpson@usaba.org or by phone at (719) 866-3019.

U.S. Braille Chess Association set to Compete in May: The U.S. Braille Chess Association is raising funds and awareness to enhance competitive opportunities for blind chess players. Currently, they are fundraising to send Alex Barrasso to the World Championship for Blind Players in May and working to send a team to the 2016 Chess Olympiad for Blind Players. For more information or to help in their efforts, contact Al Pietrolungo, President of U.S. Braille Chess Association at ajpietrol@verizon.net.

About USABA: USABA is a Colorado-based 501(c) (3) organization that provides life-enriching sports opportunities for every individual with a visual impairment.  A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USABA provides athletic opportunities in various sports including, but not limited to track and field, nordic and alpine skiing, biathlon, judo, wrestling, swimming, tandem cycling, powerlifting and goalball (a team sport for the blind and visually impaired).

USABA was founded by Dr. Charles Buell in 1976 with the purpose of improving the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired. That year, 27 young men and women were selected to represent the United States in the first Olympiad for the Disabled in Toronto, Canada. As a result of this Olympic involvement, a group of national leaders, educators and coaches of the visually impaired met to discuss the need for an organization to structure, promote and sponsor competitions for people who are blind and visually impaired throughout the United States.

Today, USABA has evolved into a national organization that provides sports opportunities to thousands of children, youth, adults and veterans who are blind and visually impaired.  USABA programs serve athletes of all ages and abilities from local grassroots programs to the elite Paralympic level. Information is available here. http://www.usaba.org/

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