FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Billy Henry, Executive Director
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
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, and U.S. Paralympics to host 2014 Paralympic Experience in Helena, Montana
Vancouver, Washington—March 14th, 2014—The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting a 2014 Paralympic Experience in Helena, Montana in conjunction with Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, and U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 5th at Radley Elementary School in East Helena, MT. It is open to all K-12 students with visual impairments across Montana and Wyoming.
“We are very excited to start our second year of providing life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to youth in Helena and across Montana who are blind and visually impaired. This event will introduce students to several different sports, and give them the opportunity to learn more about the Paralympic games ” said Executive Director Billy Henry
“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.”
The event will give K-12 students with visual impairments an opportunity to participate in Goalball (a sport specifically designed for individuals who are blind and visually impaired), judo, and tandem cycling. For more information on the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry at 1-360-448-7254, or visit www.nwaba.org
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides programming to over 1,000 individuals of all ages and ability levels with visual impairments. The mission of NWABA is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. 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.
The Montana School for the Deaf & Blind provides comprehensive educational opportunities for Montana’s deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired children, giving them their best chance for independence and success. MSDB also serves as a statewide resource center for parents of deaf and blind children and for school districts and professionals serving students with vision or hearing loss. Along with the school in Great Falls which provides educational programming for children from preschool through high school, it’s team of outreach consultants serves schools and families in communities across Montana.
About U.S. Paralympics:
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and to promoting excellence in the lives of persons with physical disabilities. Visit the U.S. Paralympics Web site at www.usparalympics.org.