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 Goalball Experience at the University of Oregon
Vancouver, Washington—October 20, 2017,—Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting a Goalball Experience for adults with visual impairments at the University of Oregon in Eugene. The event is scheduled for Saturday, October 21st from 11:00 am-1:00 pm at Gerlinger Hall on the University of Oregon campus (Gerlinger Hall, 1468 University Street Eugene, OR 97403). So far 9 athletes are registered to take part in this fun experience, but there are open spots still available! It is open to individuals of all ages with visual impairments across the state of Oregon. Individuals with visual impairments under the age of 18 are welcome to attend, but they will need to be accompanied by a guardian.
“We are very excited to provide this Goalball Experience for individuals who are blind and visually impaired in Eugene. This event will introduce participants to the fundamentals of the sport, provide opportunities for competitive play and act as a catalyst as we begin to deliver enhanced programming in the area to people who are blind.” said Founder & Executive Director Billy Henry.
Goalball is a Paralympic sport played by individuals who are blind and visually impaired. Developed after WWII as a way to keep blinded veterans physically active, it has become the premiere team game for blind athletes. Goalball is a fast paced, physically challenging, strategic and exciting game played competitively by men and women across the world.
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 visually impaired students 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 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.