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USABA Announces Goalball Competitions

12 Sep, 2013


Sport Popular Among Sight-Impaired Athletes Will be Offered in U.S. and Abroad

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) has released its calendar of goalball events, both across the U.S. and internationally. Goalball is a sport played by blind athletes as well as those with visual impairments.

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/

September 28-29: Junior Cascade Classic in Vancouver, WA
October 12-13: NWABA South Sound Throw-down Goalball Tournament in Tacoma, WA
October 17-20: Cactus Classic (open to youth teams) in Tucson, AZ
November 1-3: Lakeshore Regional Youth Goalball Tournament in Birmingham, AL
November 7-9: USABA High School Goalball National Championships in St. Augustine, FL
February 7-9, 2014: Cascade Classic Regional Tournament in Vancouver, WA
March 1-2, 2014: John Bakos Memorial/USABA Midwest Regional Goalball Tournament in Warren, MI (dates tentative)
May 3-4, 2014: Cascade Classic Developmental Team Tournament in Vancouver, WA
June 19-21, 2014: USABA Goalball National Championships in Ames, IA
June 26-July 7, 2014: IBSA World Goalball Championships in Espoo, Finland
May 2015: IBSA World Championships and Games in Seoul, Korea
August 7-14, 2015: Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada
September 7-18, 2016: Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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