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 2012 Paralympic Experience in Billings, Montana
Vancouver, Washington—September 7th, 2012—The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting a 2012 Paralympic Experience in Billings, 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, October 6th at Skyview High School in Billings, MT.
“We are very excited to announce our Paralympic experience for students 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. 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 organization provides life-changing sports opportunities to individuals of all ages and ability levels who are blind and visually impaired in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.
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.