FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Ste. 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-718-2826
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host First Camp Abilities on the West Coast for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments
Vancouver, Washington—January 13th, 2016—The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will host the first Camp Abilities on the West Coast for children and youth with visual impairments July 24th-30th, 2016 at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Camp Abilities is a world-renowned week long comprehensive, developmental sports camp for children and youth with visual impairments between the age of 8 and 15.
Camp Abilities Oregon will primarily target Oregon residents; however, some out-of-state opportunities will be available on a limited basis. Campers will vary in socioeconomic status, ethnic background and level of skills and abilities. The purpose of Camp Abilities Oregon is to empower blind or visually impaired children to break the cycle of dependence and ill health that is often associated with their disability. Campers will be encouraged to take control of their own quality of life, and will be empowered to use their many talents to actively contribute within their communities. A variety of sports and recreational activities including goalball (a sport specifically developed for individuals with visual impairments), judo, tandem cycling, kayaking and countless other activities will be provided throughout the week.
“We are honored to offer this once-in-a-lifetime transformational program to children and youth with visual impairments. Camp Abilities Oregon will provide benefits that reach far beyond participating in sports, and will help campers gain the confidence, self-esteem, friendships, and independence they need to be successful throughout all areas of life,” said Founder and Executive Director Billy Henry
Camp Abilities Oregon is funded in part by the Oregon Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund, but additional support is critically needed. Donations are accepted to support Camp Abilities Oregon 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 Camp Abilities Oregon 2016. For more information on the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry at 1-360-718-2826, or visit www.nwaba.org
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) provides life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Last year, the organization served 1,200 individuals of all ages and abilities. NWABA was formed by a group of visually impaired students in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were provided opportunities to participate in sports and physical activity.