FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Anne Coleman, Marketing & Communications Manager
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
703 Broadway, Ste 600
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-768-5647
Vancouver, Washington—May 9, 2022—Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) recently received a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington, for the expansion of NWABA’s programs and services in Idaho and Montana. NWABA provides life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired, and believes that these individuals should have equitable access to programming regardless of where they live.
As part of the organization’s three-year strategic growth plan, this grant will support program and service expansion throughout these two states to meet the growing needs for their services. In order to achieve their goals, NWABA will expand its program delivery in Boise, and increase services to rural communities across Idaho and Montana. Additional expansion plans include the introduction of new sport and recreational opportunities, the addition of recurring events and building out an equipment warehouse. Two additional staff members—a Programs Manager and Program Specialist—will support the programmatic and organizational growth, providing a strong operational foundation to serve more individuals and families in need.
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington—that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. murdocktrust.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 1,900 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.
For information: http://www.nwaba.org or