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Goalball Resident Program

U.S. Goalball Center of Excellence Welcomes First Class of Female Resident Athletes

In October 2015, the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) partnered with Turnstone Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to establish the first-ever U.S. Men’s Resident Goalball Program. The resident program would allow athletes to train together full-time and live within walking distance of training facilities. As a result, the U.S. Men earned silver at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games just one year later. The U.S. Women, historically one of the best goalball programs in the world, defeated host-country Brazil for bronze. While the U.S. Women had a resident program many years ago, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs,…  Read More

Meet the 2017 Resident Goalball Athletes

Just months after winning silver at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the U.S. Men are back at work. Four athletes were selected to participate in the 2017 Resident Goalball Program at Turnstone Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Established in October 2015, the resident program played a significant role in the team's success on the goalball court in Rio. Meet your 2017 Resident Goalball Athletes! Zachary "Zach" Buhler At 12 years old, Zach tore and detached both retinas. He was introduced to goalball in January 2016 after his mom talked to a woman whose son played goalball. Zach aspires to make the U.S. Men’s…  Read More

Groundbreaking for Goalball Resident Program

June 24, 2016 - Fort Wayne, IN The United States Association of Blind Athletes and Turnstone broke ground this morning on permanent housing for the U.S. Men’s Goalball Resident Program in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The project will include two houses with six bedrooms each that will be used for six resident athletes and visiting athletes from around the world. Established last October, the U.S. Men’s Goalball Resident Program allows six athletes and a resident coach to train full-time and live together – something Team USA counterparts like Lithuania and Brazil have had for some time. This is the first time a resident…  Read More

Men’s National Resident Goalball Team Program Announcement

TO:  ALL U.S. Goalball Men’s National Team, Talent Pool, Emerging, and Military Athletes From:  Mark Lucas, Executive Director Copy: John Potts; USABA Goalball High Performance Manager, Head Coach; Mike Lege and Assistant Coach;  Matthew Boyle Date: July 20, 2015 Re:  Men’s National Resident Goalball Team Program Announcement PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) has created a long-term residential goalball program for Men’s National Goalball Team members, development team members and emerging goalball athletes in partnership with the Turnstone in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Resident Program has been created to enable male goalball athletes who have demonstrated…  Read More

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