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Contact:
Billy Henry
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
http://www.nwaba.org
billy@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes and U.S. Paralympics to host 2012 Paralympic Experience Puget Sound in Renton, WA

Vancouver, Washington—May 14, 2012—The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting a 2012 Paralympic Experience in Renton, Washington in conjunction with U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee.  The event is scheduled for June 9th, 2012 at the Renton Community Center.

“We are very excited to announce our Paralympic experience for students who are blind and visually impaired. This event will introduce students to three different sports, and give them the opportunity to learn more about the Paralympic games” said Executive Director Billy Henry

This Paralympic Experience will introduce students who are blind and visually impaired to Paralympic sports.  In addition to hands-on participation in Goalball, Judo and Tandem Cycling, the students will interact with Paralympic athletes and coaches.

“The Paralympic Experience program encourages physical fitness and overall well-being for individuals with physical and visual disabilities, and we are thrilled to be working with Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) on this initiative,” said Charlie Huebner, USOC Chief of Paralympics. “Research shows that individuals with physical and visual disabilities who participate in physical activity are healthier, more successful in school, have great access to employment opportunities and have an enhanced quality of life.”

For more information on the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry at 1-360-448-7254, or visit www.nwaba.org

About NWABA:
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides life-changing sports opportunities to over 1,000 individuals of all ages and ability levels who are blind and visually impaired. . The mission of NWABA is to provide opportunities for blind and visually impaired persons to become engaged in physical activity and sports. We will provide scholarships and host events to build confidence and physical fitness. The confidence gained from sports will inspire athletes to follow their dreams in life and in sports. The organization provides life-changing sports opportunities to individuals of all ages and ability levels who are blind and visually impaired in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

About U.S. Paralympics:
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and to promoting excellence in the lives of persons with physical disabilities. Visit the U.S. Paralympics Web site at www.usparalympics.org.

For information:http://www.nwaba.orgor
Contact:billy@nwaba.org
Phone:  1-360-448-7254

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