In Press Release

Vancouver, Washington—March 16, 2011—The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting a 2011 Paralympic Experience in Snohomish, Washington in conjunction with U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The event is scheduled for May 7th, 2011 at Riverview Elementary School.

“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

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