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USABA Releases Calendar of Events for Blind Athletes

26 Aug, 2013


Sailing, Weighlifting, Cycling, More to be Offered

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/

  • September 5-14, 2013: IBSA World Bench Press and Powerlifting Championships in Beijing, China
  • September 6-13, 2013: USABA Learn to Race Cycling Development Camp in Colorado Springs, CO
  • September 14-15, 2013: Blind Sailing National Championships in Newport, Rhode Island - kris@blindsailingunlimited.org
  • October 6, 2013: NIB Visually Impaired National Half Marathon Championships at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon in Mount Vernon, VA
  • November 22: 8th Annual Common Sight, Common Vision Breakfast at Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center (formally the Crowne Plaza) in Colorado Springs, CO
  • December 8: California International Marathonclick here to register
  • December 8: Northern California Youth Mara-Fun Run and Paralympic Experience in Sacramento, CA
  • February 7-10, 2014: USABA/VASS Winter Ski Festival in Killington, Vermont
  • March 5-9, 2014: USABA/BOEC Winter Ski Festival in Breckenridge, Colorado
  • August 28-September 1, 2014: UCI ParaCycling World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina
  • 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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