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PlayLA Adaptive Youth Sports Program and USABA Boost Youth Participation in Visually Impaired and Blind Soccer Ahead of LA28 Paralympic Games

Los Angeles (November 15, 2023) – The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) PlayLA Adaptive Youth Sports Program welcomed blind and visually impaired youth ages 5-17 to a series of visually impaired & blind soccer clinics, supported by the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes, for the second year in a row. Eight consecutive clinics were held every Saturday from September 16 to November 4 at Mar Vista Recreation Center and Hubert Humphrey Recreation Center. With the guidance of Paralympic gold medalist David Brown, USA Blind Soccer Men’s National Team Head Coach Katie Smith and other distinguished coaches and…  Read More

USA Blind Soccer to Hold Special Event in Los Angeles

(October 9, 2023) – The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) and USA Blind Soccer are holding a special event in Los Angeles on Thursday, October 12. The event is presented by Anthem Blue Cross and is graciously being hosted by local Los Angeles partners Dignity Health and LA Galaxy. With the USA Blind Soccer team making its Paralympic debut in Los Angeles at the 2028 Paralympic Games, this exciting day will allow attendees the opportunity to meet the athletes of the first-ever USA Blind Soccer Men’s National Team and view a blind soccer demonstration. Soccer is for all, and the…  Read More

Thomas A. Abraham Becomes Sport Ambassador for USA Blind Soccer

The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes, the National Governing Body for the Paralympic sport of blind soccer, and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation today announced Thomas Abraham as a historic first sport ambassador in the sport of blind soccer. Abraham, who earned the title through his philanthropic contribution to the sport, marks the first time the title has been given for a Paralympic sport in the United States. “We are extremely honored and proud to add Thomas Abraham to our ongoing efforts to spread awareness of blind soccer throughout the nation,” said USABA CEO Molly Quinn. “His dedication to…  Read More

PlayLA Blind Soccer Clinics Return to Los Angeles This Fall

LOS ANGELES (August 14, 2023) – For the second year, the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) will support the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department (LA RAP) to offer visually impaired and blind soccer clinics as part of the PlayLA Adaptive Youth Sports Program. The free clinics are designed for blind and visually impaired youth ages 5 to 17, with all skill levels welcome to participate. Clinic participants will be taught blind soccer fundamentals, drills, gameplay and communication by coaches and members of the USA Blind Soccer Men’s National Team. The clinics will be held every Saturday from…  Read More

USA Blind Soccer Debuts with Two Victories Over Canada

With just over five years until the team makes its Paralympic Games debut in Los Angeles, the USA Blind Soccer Men’s National Team dipped its toes into the international competition waters with a pair of friendlies against its neighbor to the north, Canada. The matches were held March 19 and 20 at the Salt Creek Soccer Arena in Chula Vista, Calif., with the U.S. prevailing by scores of 1-0 and 3-0. Team captains Noah Beckman and Hillary Scanlon The opening friendly was a tight affair with the teams battling through a scoreless first half but the American side getting the…  Read More

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