FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Billy Henry, President/CEO
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
703 Broadway St, Ste 600
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-718-2826
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Camps for Children with Visual Impairments in Oregon and Washington
Vancouver, Washington—June 4th, 2019—Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) has announced that they will be hosting two camps for youth this summer. Each camp offers a one-week comprehensive, developmental sports programming for children and youth with visual impairments. The camp provides 1:2 instructional situations for each child. These children will vary in socioeconomic status, ethnic background, and level of skills and abilities. This will be the fourth year that NWABA has offered summer camp for children with visual impairments across the state.
NWABA’s camp in Oregon will be held at the Linfield College campus in McMinnville, OR from July 21 to July 26, 2019. This camp will accept 40 youth ages 8-15. NWABA’s camp in Washington will be hosted at University of Puget Sound’s campus from July 29 to August 3, 2019. This camp is accepting 20 youth ages 8-14. Campers will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. This camp is offered at no cost for individuals and families who meet the eligibility requirements.
The program’s purpose is to empower children who are blind or visually impaired, break the cycle of dependence and ill health that is unnecessarily associated with visual impairments, and build their self-belief that they can take control of their own quality of life and use their many talents to actively contribute in their communities. Campers will participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities including goalball (a sport specifically developed for individuals with visual impairments), judo, tandem cycling, kayaking, track & field, and numerous others.
“Our Board of Directors is extremely excited to offer these truly transformational programs to children and youth with visual impairments. Camp will reach far beyond participating in sports and act as a catalyst to help campers gain the confidence, self-esteem, friendships, and independence they need to achieve success in all areas of life.” said Founder & Executive Director Billy Henry.
NWABA’s camp in Oregon is partially funded by the Oregon Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund, and NWABA’s camp in Washington is partially funded by Washington State Department of Services for the Blind. However, additional support is critically needed to deliver a successful camp. Donations to support NWABA’s camp are accepted by mailing a check to PO BOX 61489, Vancouver, WA, 98666 or making an online gift at www.nwaba.org. Please indicate that your donation is to support camp programs. For more information on Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry at 1-360-718-2826, or visit www.nwaba.org
The mission of Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. A group of students who were visually impaired formed the association in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity. Today, NWABA is a rapidly expanding 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides more than 1,500 children, youth, adults and military veterans with visual impairments tailored programming which improves self-confidence and self-esteem, promotes independence, creates an inclusive community of supporters, and builds the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of life including school and employment.