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Become a USABA Sports Club

What is a USABA Sports Club?

USABA Sports Clubs are non-profit organizations, state and local government agencies, athletic clubs, sports teams or any groups of USABA members who are interested in providing sports opportunities for people who are blind and visually impaired in their community. These opportunities can be sport clinics, support for local athletes, regular sports practices or participation in regional and national USABA events and competitions. Any group that is interested in regular recreation or competition is eligible to become a member of USABA’s Sports Club program and enjoy the benefits that come along with being part of Team USABA. We encourage groups that are not affiliated with an existing non-profit organization or agency to incorporate as a 501(c)(3) in order to achieve non-profit status; however, this is not a requirement for sports club membership.

USABA Sports Club Benefits

Eligibility

USABA Sports Club Application Process

What do we need to do to become a USABA Sports Club?

Recommendations for Success

How do I make my USABA Sports Club successful? 

In addition to the Sports Club affiliation guidelines found on our website, the following are recommendations that will help your USABA Sports Club grow:

  1. Communicate with state and public schools, adapted physical education teachers, special education teachers, athletic directors, state physical education directors, state rehabilitation agencies, civic groups (local Lions Clubs) and interested volunteers to assist you in identifying and contacting individuals who are blind and visually impaired.
  2. List your organization in state and local resource guides (i.e., Chamber of Commerce, state directory for non-profit organizations and directory of agencies serving people with visual impairments).
  3. Plan, implement and promote regular programming for people who are blind and visually impaired.
  4. Work with USABA to identify local resources and potential partners to help you expand your programs and recruit new athletes, coaches and volunteers for your activities and events.

Why Should We Become a USABA Sports Club?

To encourage participation of athletes who are blind or visually impaired. As a USABA Sports Club, you will have the opportunity to conduct nationally-recognized sporting events and encourage individuals to participate in life-enriching activities, including local, national and international athletic competitions.

To provide a direct link to local athletes who are blind or visually impaired and USABA members. As a USABA Sports Club, you will receive important, up-to-date information that you can distribute to interested individuals regarding local, national and international programs and events.

To become a part of the movement to provide life-enriching athletic opportunities to every person in the United States with a visual impairment. Help USABA achieve our mission of reaching every person with a visual impairment in the United States to educate them about sport and recreation. Help us raise awareness about sports for individuals with visual impairments from the grassroots to the Paralympic level.

To connect with a national organization of clubs and athletes with interests similar to your own. USABA recognizes that the strength of our organization lies in its members. USABA Sports Clubs are part of a nationwide organization that can come together to share ideas, collaborate on projects, and compete against one another on the field of play, which strengthens our overall ability to provide outstanding sports and recreational opportunities across the country. USABA Sports Clubs can share information with us at any time for placement on our website, on social media platforms and in newsletters.  

USABA Sport Club Handbook & Application

Staff & Athlete Roster Sheet