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 website .
August 28-September 1, 2014: UCI ParaCycling World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina
October 5, 2014: Visually Impaired National Half Marathon Championships in Alexandria, Virginia. Questions? Go to www.wilsonbridgehalf.com or call (703) 587-4321.
October 24-25, 2014: National Chess Championship for Blind Players in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Contact Al Pietrolungo with questions or to register at email@example.com or (412) 605-0571.
December 7, 2014: USABA National Marathon Championships in Sacramento, California. Contact Richard Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
March 4-8, 2015: USABA/BOEC Winter Ski Camp in Breckenridge, Colorado
May 1, 2015: IBSA World Championships and Games
August 7-14, 2015: Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada
September 7-18, 2016: Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Visit the USABA website for additional information.
August 16-17: 2014 LA Goalball Tournament in Los Angeles, California
October 3-4: 2014 Jr. Cascade Classic Goalball Tournament in Vancouver, Washington
October 17-18: 2014 Rocky Mountain Rendezvous Youth Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah. Contact Tony Jepson at email@example.com or 801-997-9400 for more information
November 6-8: 2014 USABA National High School Goalball Championships in St. Augustine, Florida
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/