FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
Blind and Visually Impaired Athletes to participate in Portland to Coast Walk Relay on August 24th-25th
(Vancouver, Washington)—August 16th, 2012— Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that the organization has provided support to Team Eye Rock, a group consisting of up to 12 blind or visually impaired athletes and their guides, to enable the team to compete in the Portland to Coast Walk Relay taking place August 24th and 25th.
“We are very excited to have athletes competing in this phenomenal community event. It will be a life-changing experience for all of those involved. Thanks to generous community support, we were able to make this opportunity possible for people with visual impairments in our community.” said NWABA co-founder and Executive Director Billy Henry
“Team Eye Rock is the only team of its kind to participate in the Portland to Coast Walk Relay, the Largest Walk Relay in the World. With the support of the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, our athletes face the extreme race conditions with courage, strength and determination.” said Colleen Madigan, 2012 Team Eye Rock Captain
Through participation in sports and physical activity, individuals of all ages and ability levels who are blind and visually impaired build confidence, self-esteem, muscular strength, physical fitness, and the inspiration to succeed in school and pursue employment opportunities. Donations are accepted to support NWABA’s scholarship fund by mailing a check to PO BOX 65265, Vancouver, WA, 98665 or making an online gift at www.nwaba.org. Please indicate that your donation is to support the Scholarship Fund.
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 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.