Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) wants to introduce our newest team member, Casey Prentice. Casey recently moved from Annapolis, Maryland—where she was born and raised—to our Idaho office, as our new Program Specialist for Montana.
Casey received her bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University in Ohio where she was a four-year collegiate swimmer who holds two records for swimming. She earned her master’s degree in Adapted Physical Activity from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Casey began her career volunteering for her mother’s business, Annapolis Children’s Therapy Center, which specialized in physical, occupational and speech therapy for children with disabilities. After this volunteerism ignited a passion for adaptive education, Casey worked for Camp Abilities in Maryland as a swimming specialist.
As NWABA’s first program specialist focusing solely on expanding our programs and services in the State of Montana, Casey is most excited to not only increase programming across the state, but to also increase awareness and inclusion of physical activity for individuals who are blind and visually impaired.
“Adaptive education, specifically pertaining to physical activity and sport, is crucial for an inclusive community. Providing adapted opportunities increases the communal participation across multiple populations. Sports and physical activity are often important social outlets in youth and young adult’s lives. By expanding the accessibility of programs through specific adaptations and modifications, individuals of all abilities can connect and bond over mutual interests without facing physical or emotional barriers. NWABA provides amazing opportunities for individuals with visual impairments or blindness, while streamlining the importance of adapted opportunities, like sports and physical activities. I look forward to sharing the mission and goals of NWABA to the Montana community.”
Casey is also a competitive horseback rider and has a passion for outdoor sports such as hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and has recently taken on rock climbing as a hobby.
Please give a warm welcome to Casey!