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Road to Paris Begins with Experienced U.S. Team Competing at Goalball Americas Championships

The United States Association of Blind Athletes has announced the 11 athletes selected to represent the U.S. at the upcoming IBSA Americas Goalball Championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Feb. 15-22, an event that serves as a critical first step on the road to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games. The U.S. roster includes seven members of the 2020 Paralympic Goalball Team that competed in Tokyo, Japan, last summer and who boast a combined 23 Paralympic Games appearances. That experience will be important on the men’s side as the first-place finishers at the Americas Championships receive automatic qualification for the 2022 IBSA…  Read More

USOPC Selects USABA to Oversee New Team USA Sport: Paralympic Blind Soccer


https://youtu.be/hZjl6YXzngE Colorado Springs, Colo. (January 5, 2022) –The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) has received the highest level of certification from the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) to become the national governing body for blind soccer, globally known as blind football, a sport in which Team USA will make its Paralympic debut as the host nation of the Los Angeles 2028 Games. The certification was approved at the USOPC board of directors meeting on Dec. 16, 2021, in Salt Lake City. The USOPC also certified USABA as the national governing body for goalball, giving the organization…  Read More

Cody Carmicle, Goalball Alternate for Team USA This Summer, Dies of Cancer

by Chros McDougall, TeamUSA.org Dakota Ray Carmicle, better known to U.S. goalball teammates and fans as Cody Carmicle, died October 28, just weeks after serving as an alternate to Team USA at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. He was 26. A native of Lafayette, Indiana, Carmicle discovered the sport for visually impaired athletes in high school and eventually became a resident athlete at the Goalball Center of Excellence at Turnstone in Fort Wayne, Indiana. However, he endured different health challenges throughout his life and ultimately lost his battle to a rare form of cancer. He is survived by his parents,…  Read More

USABA Building Blind Soccer Ahead of LA28


By Michael Lewis, TeamUSA.org Kevin Brown (l) and Antoine Craig take part in USABA's Blind Soccer Camp in Colorado Springs in August of 2021. Photo by Julie Larame. Jaime Garzon has dreams, some of them big ones. Not only does he want the United States to field a men’s blind soccer team for the 2028 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles, he also wants it to compete for a medal. There's one slight catch — the U.S. does not have a blind soccer team, at least not yet. But with the United States earning an automatic berth as host of the…  Read More

U.S. Goalball Teams Announced For Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games


FORT WAYNE, INDIANA (June 9, 2021) – The United States Association of Blind Athletes has revealed the 12 athletes selected to represent Team USA at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in the sport of goalball. The announcement was made Wednesday at Turnstone Center, an official U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and home to the Goalball Center of Excellence and the USA Goalball Resident Athlete Training Program. Named to the men’s team were Zach Buhler (Huntington, Ind.), John Kusku (Commerce Township, Mich.), Tyler Merren (Coral Springs, Fla.), Matt Simpson (Smyrna, Ga.), Daryl Walker (Jacksonville, Fla.) and…  Read More

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