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National Blind Sports Day

What is National Blind Sports Day? Sport and fitness have the power to provide people who are blind and visually impaired with the framework to set goals, build work ethic and live a healthier lifestyle. The goal of National Blind Sports Day (NBSD) is to celebrate the abilities of and opportunities available to Americans with visual impairments and increase awareness of sports for the blind.

Why should I participate? You’ll be joining hundreds of others across the country in increasing awareness of sports for the blind and promoting inclusion!

How do I get involved?
Individuals – Check the list of events below happening across the nation during the week of October 1-7, 2018 for an event happening near you! OR simply get moving on October 6th, 2018 and post about it on social media using #BlindSportsDay! Some ideas: Walk or jog around your neighborhood with family and friends, coordinate an NBSD dedicated practice for your sports team on October 6th, try a new sport or fitness activity at your local gym or sports center! If you’re looking for a workout buddy, check out the Virtual 5k we’re doing with USABA sponsor, Anthem!

Organizations can host a NBSD event locally to introduce people in their community to sport and fitness opportunities for the blind. This could be as simple as coordinating a walk around your local park or more involved like hosting a goalball or beep baseball tournament for established teams in your area. USABA will provide programming and marketing support as well as assist in identifying a keynote speaker for your event. Contact USABA Membership Manager Kevin Brousard (kbrousard@usaba.org) for details. Organizations can register online here. 

Is there an existing NBSD event happening near me?
We’re updating this list as organizations sign up to host an event so check back periodically for updates!

Arizona

Phoenix
– Ability360 will host a NBSD event on Saturday, October 6 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at their Sports & Fitness Center (5031 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034). Participants will be introduced to to fitness equipment and exercises and be shown how to use machines & other fitness equipment then participate in a group workout! Click here to register!

California

Fresno –
The Valley Center for the Blind is hosting a 5k run/walk on Saturday, October 6th. Contact Daniel Hurtado at dhurtado@VCBFresno.org for more information and to participate.

Riverside – Blindness Support Services Inc. will host a walk on Thursday, October 4th, at 3696 Beatty Drive Riverside, CA 92506. Contact Yesenia Alvarez at yalvarez@blindnesssupport.com or 951-341-6334 for more information.

Sacramento – Society for the Blind will host a community walk to kick off their participation in the Anthem Foundation/USABA National Fitness Challenge on Wednesday, October 3, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

San Bernadino – The Disability Sports Festival will host an adaptive golf clinic on Saturday, October 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 5500 University Parkway. The clinic is open to all ages. During the two-hour program, attendees will be taught techniques like how to swing a golf club. Contact Bill Davis at billyraydavis@hotmail.com or 909-367-8466 for more information.

San Diego – Blind Stokers Club will host a group ride followed by lunch with instruction and demonstrations for candidate tandem BVI stokers and sighted pilots. Riders should meet at 9430 Scranton Rd, San Diego, CA 92121. Contact Dave White at director@blindstokersclub.org or 619-507-9834 to attend.

San Francisco – BlindSail San Francisco will host their last sailing event of the season in celebration of NBSD on Sunday, October 7, at the Treasure Island Sailing Center (698 California Ave. #112 San Francisco 94130). Participants will sail and possibly have an opportunity to sea kayak. Contact Danette Davis at blindsailsfbay@gmail.com to register to attend.

Florida

Fort Lauderdale – Lighthouse of Broward (650 N Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311) will host a NBSD event on Saturday, October 6 in which you can participate in beep baseball, adapted field hockey, beep kickball, yoga and tandem biking! Contact Samantha Kelly at skelly@lhob.org or 954-463-4217 to attend.

Palm Springs – Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind will host a golf clinic at the Tarpon Woods Golf Club on Thursday, October 4, at 2:30 p.m. Visit the LVIB website to register.

Tampa – Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind will host a NBSD event on Saturday, October 6. There will be opportunities to participate in dance, yoga and golf. Contact Sylvia Perez at sperez@lvib.org or 727-815-0303 to attend.

Georgia

Atlanta – The Center for the Visually Impaired will host a National Blind Sports Day event on Tuesday, October 2, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Check back soon for more information.

Illinois

Chicago – North Side Archery Club is partnering with the Chicago Park District to host a Visually Impaired Archery Session on Saturday, September 22. We know this is outside the official NBSD week but still a great opportunity to engage in a new sport for the blind! Join North Side Archery Club from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Lincoln Park Outdoor Archery Range (2 West Belmont Harbor Drive, 60657). Contact Brent Harmon at nsaccoach@gmail.com or 773-383-1460 for more information.

Chicago – The Chicago Park District will host a multi-sport event on Saturday, October 6, from 12pm to 4pm at Rainey Park (4350 W 79th St, Chicago, IL 60652). Sports that will be offered include blind soccer, beep baseball, and guide running. Please contact Sheena Hager at sheena.hager@chicagoparkdistrict.com or 312.745-2180 for more information/registration.

Kentucky

Louisville
– Louisville Metro Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation will host a NBSD event on Saturday, October 6, at the Berrytown Recreation Center (1300 Heafer Road, Louisville, KY 40223). Participants will be able to play goalball and beep baseball. Contact Bj Levis at bj.levis@louisvilleky.gov or 502-456-8148 to attend.

Bowling Green
– Bowling Green Parks & Recreation will host a goalball NBSD event at Krummer Little Recreation Center (333 College St, Bowling Green, KY 42101) on Saturday, October 6. Contact Cameron Levis at cameron.levis@bgky.org or 270-393-3265 to register.

Maryland


Towson
– Towson University will host a goalball tournament on Friday, October 5th in honor of National Blind Sports Day at Burdick Hall. The tournament is open to the public. Players must be 18 years or older to participate. Contact Dave Stewart at dstewart@towson.edu or 410-704-4612 to register.

New Jersey

New Brunswick – Blind Athletes Inc. will host a NBSD event on Saturday, October 6, at Buccleuch Park. Participants will have the opportunity to try a sample of sports including beep baseball, track & field, race walking and blind soccer. Contact Jennifer Demby at jennifer@blindathletes.org or 678-362-4560 to register.

North Carolina

Charlotte – Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation will host a multi-sport event on Saturday, October 6, at the second Ward Gymnasium (710 East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard). The event is open to the public for ages 6+. Contact Stacey Thomas as stacey.thomas@mecknc.gov or 980-722-2175 for more information.

Ohio


Cleveland
– Cleveland Sight Center will host a walk in celebration of National Blind Sports Day and to kick-off their participation in the Anthem Foundation/USABA National Fitness Challenge on Thursday, October 11. Check back soon for more information.

Columbus – The Ohio Blind Soccer Team, in collaboration with Columbus Recreation and Parks will hold a blind soccer event and goalball demonstration on October 6 at 3923 N High St. 43214. Contact Katharine Atkinson at kna1004@sru.edu or 513-460-9785 for more information or check out the Facebook event.

Westlake – Youth Challenge Sports will host a NBSD event on Saturday, October 6, at 800 Sharon Dr., Westlake Ohio 44145. Participants will have the opportunity to play goalball, run/walk with guides and ride tandem bikes. Contact Mackenzie Vecchio at mvecchio@youthchallengesports.com or 440-892-1001 to attend.

Pennsylvania


Springfield
– Blind Sports Org will host a NBSD event at Variety Club Camp (2950 Potshop Rd, Worcester, PA 19490) on Saturday, October 6, and Sunday, October 7. Participants will have opportunities to engage in various sports like goalball, beep baseball, running, basketball, soccer, kickball, gymnastics, tandem cycling, ping-pong, and engage with fellow campers around a campfire during social time. Contact Matthew Shields at matthew.joseph.shields@gmail.com or 267-273-4901 to register.

Tennessee

Memphis – Tennessee Association of Blind Athletes will host a beep kickball tournament on Saturday, October 6, at 4791 Williow Road, 38115. Contact Lovell Pratcher at lpratcher@icloud.com or 901-335-0689 for more information.

Texas

Dallas – Anytime Fitness North Dallas will host an event focused on helping blind and visually impaired participants learn how to move faster, build strength and balance, and even train like a Paralympic athlete. The program includes group training, navigating the gym and nutritional coaching to maximize your success. Join Anytime Fitness on Saturday, October 6, from 12pm to 2pm at 18216 Preston Road, 75252. Click here for the event flyer. Contact Paul Shields at paul@afnorthdallas.com or 214-435-6190 to attend.

Washington

Spokane – ParaSport Spokane will host a track & field and para-Nordic clinic on October 6 in honor of NBSD at 10201 E 9th Ave., Spokane, WA 99206. Interested participants should contact Teresa Skinner at tskinner@parasportspokane.org or 509-999-6466 to register.

Spokane – Sports 4 the Blind will host a NBSD event on October 6 at 11:00 a.m. Participants will have an opportunity to learn and play beep baseball, kickball and blind soccer. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Visit www.sports4theblind.org for more information.

 

We want to make this the first of many National Blind Sports Day with the dream of one day turning it into International Blind Sports Day but we can only do that with your support. We hope you’ve already marked your calendar and will join us in increasing awareness of sports for the blind and promoting a more inclusive society by getting active on October 6, 2018!