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USABA Lists Multi-Sport Opportunities for Athletes with Visual Impairments

5 Dec, 2016


2016 and 2017 will be filled with opportunities for athletes with visual impairments, according to the United States Association of Blind Athletes.

December 4: USABA Marathon National Championships sponsored by Hanson McClain - Sacramento, California

December 9-11: U.S. Women's Goalball Elite Skills Camp - Portland, Oregon

February 10-12: Cascade Classic Northwest Regional Goalball Tournament - Vancouver, Washington

February 25-26: USABA Midwest Regional/Bakos Memorial Goalball Tournament - Warren, Michigan

February 10-13, 2017: 10th Annual Winter Ski Festival in Killington, Vermont

March 1-5, 2017: Winter Ski Camp in Breckenridge, Colorado

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.

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