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Angelo “Monte” Montagnino

Inducted 2020

Angelo “Monte” Montagnino’s life mission has been to advance sports opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired. He accomplished this throughout his entire professional career and philanthropic endeavors. As the adapted physical educator for the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Montagnino impacted thousands of youth and ensured they would thrive and experience acceptance and inclusion in their school’s physical education program. He further coached youth to advance their skills in sports as he served as physical education teacher and director of the New Jersey Camp for Blind Children. He founded the Association of Blind Athletes of New Jersey (ABANJ) to provide additional sports opportunities which ultimately enabled him to field several of the largest and most competitive state teams to compete in USABA National Championships beginning in the late 1970s.