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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!

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


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.

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.

Florida


Brooksville 
– Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind will host a NBSD event on Friday, October 5. Contact Sylvia Perez at sperez@lvib.org or 727-815-0303 to attend.

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.

Port Richey – Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind (8610 Galen Wilson Blvd., Port Richey, FL 34668) will host a NBSD event on Tuesday, October 2. Contact Sylvia Perez at sperez@lvib.org or 727-815-0303 to attend.

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.

Tavares
– New Vision Florida is hosting a blind bowling event in honor of National Blind Sports Day at Break Point Alley (1950 Classique Ln, Tavares, FL 32778) on Saturday, October 6. Contact Chantel Buck at cbuck@newvisionfl.org or 352-435-5040 to attend.

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.

Ohio


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.

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!