FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Billy Henry, Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
500 W. 8TH Street, Suite 50
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-448-7254
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
Northwest Avalanche Goalball Team Places Fourth at National Goalball Championships
Vancouver, Washington—June 26th, 2014—The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today the Northwest Avalanche Men’s Goalball Team placed fourth at the National Goalball Championships in Ames, Iowa on June 19th, 20th and 21st.
Goalball is a Paralympic sport played by individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Developed after WWII as a way to keep blinded veterans physically active, it has become the premiere team game for blind athletes. Played competitively by men and women, it is a very fast paced, physically challenging, strategic and exciting game.
“We would like to congratulate all of the athletes who helped the Avalanche take fourth place at the National Goalball Championships in Iowa last weekend. Opportunities like these are essential to building confidence, self –esteem, and physical fitness , all of which improve quality of life for individuals who are blind or visually impaired in our community. “said Co-Founder & Executive Director, Billy Henry.
The Northwest Avalanche is made up of individuals of all ages with visual impairments primarily from Clark County, WA. It is part of Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Sports Teams Program which has a goal of increasing the number of opportunities for people with visual impairments to participate in ongoing sports and physical fitness.
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides programming to over 1,000 individuals of all ages and ability levels with visual impairments. The mission of NWABA is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The Association was formed by a group of visually impaired students in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity.