After a three-year hiatus, Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is happy to have brought back the Oregon Paralympic Experience for blind and visually impaired students from kindergarten through high school. In September, sixty youth from across the state, participated in three Paralympic sports including tandem biking, track and field, and goalball. Goalball is a team sport specifically designed for individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The event was held at Oregon School for the Deaf and was led by the NWABA team, as well as Paralympian Asya Miller from Portland. This Paralympic Experience gives local youth a life-changing opportunity to learn fundamental skills to participate in all types of sports.
“We are extremely excited to, once again, deliver this Paralympic Experience to local youth who are blind or visually impaired across Oregon. This truly life-changing opportunity will introduce participants to accessible sports and physical activity, and support NWABA’s long-term vision of enhancing and expanding opportunities throughout the Northwest to ensure every person with a visual impairment is receiving services they need to reach their greatest potential in all areas of life,” said Billy Henry.
NWABA looks forward to hosting even more students at next year’s event!