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 (email@example.com) 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!
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!
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.
Los Angeles – Wayfinder Family Services will host a National Blind Sports Day event on Saturday, October 6, at their facility at 5300 Angeles Vista Blvd. Participants will have the opportunity to play goalball and beep baseball. Contact Josh Lucas at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Riverside – Blindness Support Services Inc. will host a walk on Thursday, October 4th, at 3696 Beatty Drive Riverside, CA 92506. Contact Yesenia Alvarez at email@example.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 Bernardino – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 have an opportunity to sea kayak. Contact Danette Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org to register to attend.
San Francisco – San Francisco Lighthouse will host a walk in celebration of NBSD and to kick-off their participation in the National Fitness Challenge. Join others on Tuesday, October 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a brisk city walk and a guided stretch session followed by a light lunch. Participants will meet at 1155 Market St. at 10:00 a.m. Email Amber Sherrard with any questions and to RSVP at ASherrard@lighthouse-sf.org. The group will also hike to Layfayette Reservoir on Sunday, October 7 after meeting at the Lafayette BART station at 10:00 a.m. RSVPs for the hike should also be directed to Amber.
District of Columbia
Washington – Metro Washington Association of Blind Athletes will host a NBSD event on Saturday, October 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1480 Girard St. NW. The group will play goalball and ride tandem bikes. RSVP on their Facebook event if you plan on attending and email Karla Gilbride at email@example.com with any questions.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-463-4217 to attend.
Palm Harbor – 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.
Winter Park – The Lighthouse Central Florida is celebrating National Blind Sports Day with a family-friendly “field day” on Saturday, October 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Phelps Park! Children and adults with vision impairments will have the opportunity to try a variety of sports and fitness activities including Tai Chi, tandem running and power walking, yoga, Cross Fit, Zumba, goalball and more! Families and friends will be encouraged to participate under blindfold.
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.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.745-2180 for more information/registration.
Fort Wayne – Turnstone Center will host an athlete skills development clinic, coaching development clinic and a mini goalball tournament on Saturday, October 6, at the U.S. Goalball Center of Excellence (3320 Clifton St.). Call 260-483-2100 to attend. RSVP is required.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-393-3265 to register.
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 email@example.com or 410-704-4612 to register.
Boston – Adaptive Sports New England will host a gathering for blind and visually impaired athletes, family, friends and supporters. This is a great opportunity to socialize with old friends and meet new people in the Greater Boston blind/visually impaired athletic community. The group will meet at Tony C’s Assembly Row on Monday, October 8, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Ultra runner Kyle Robidoux will be on hand to tell the group about his summer adventures. Appetizers will be provided with dinner and drinks available for purchase. Registration is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Please register here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-362-4560 to register.
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 email@example.com or 980-722-2175 for more information.
Cincinnati – Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired will host a NBSD event to kick off their participation in this year’s Anthem Foundation/USABA National Fitness Challenge. Activities will include goalball, beeper kickball and social time with snacks and beverages. The event will take place at Leblond Recreation Center (2335 Riverside Drive) on Sunday, October 7 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. To RSVP, please contact Brendan Devine, Program Coordinator, at 630-915-7750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 the Franklin Adventure Center (1755 E. Broad St.). Contact Katharine Atkinson at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-892-1001 to attend.
Oklahoma City – NewView Oklahoma will host a dragon boating and rowing event on the Oklahoma River in celebration of National Blind Sports Day on Saturday, October 6, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. All are welcome to attend. There will be representatives from the Boathouse District who can talk to you about getting involved in the sports of rowing and dragon boating. Rowing and dragon boating activities will start at 9:00 a.m. RSVP by emailing Gary Mayo at Riversport OKC at email@example.com and RSVP to their Facebook event.
Pittsburgh – Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services will host walk/run/jog in celebration of National Blind Sports Day at South Side Park Trail (on Three Rivers Heritage Trail) on Tuesday, October 2 from 12:45 to 2:00 p.m. Contact Leslie Montgomery for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-368-4400.
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 email@example.com or 267-273-4901 to register.
Charleston – Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired – Charleston is partnering with Adaptive Expeditions for universal yoga with their blind and visually impaired clients on the deck of the Charleston Pour House (1977 Maybank Hwy, Charleston, SC 29412) on Saturday, October 6. The yoga class will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m., followed by a brief social. RSVP on Facebook or email Brooks Harken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or 901-335-0689 for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-435-6190 to attend.
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 email@example.com 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 or their Facebook Event 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!