IBSA World Youth Championships Returning to Colorado Springs in 2015
9 Mar, 2015
The United States Association for Blind Athletes (USABA) has announced the International Blind Sports Federation (ISBA) World Youth Championships will return to Colorado Springs, CO, for 2015. Full information on this is forthcoming and will be obtained by visiting the USABA website.
The biennial ISBA event will take place July 26-Aug. 1 on the campus of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Countries from around the world will send boys’ and girls’ goalball teams to compete in these championships, which will also feature opening and closing ceremonies. USABA will announce further details in the coming months.
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.