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USABA Supports Giving Games to Help Olympic and Paralympic Athletes

U.S. SPORTS RALLY TO HELP SUSTAIN ATHLETES BY ANNOUNCING GIVING GAMES: A COLLABORATIVE FUNDRAISING EFFORT Following the Tokyo Games postponement, Giving Games encourages Americans to unite as one to support the athletes that bear our flag COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (July 24, 2020) – On the eve of what would have been the opening of the Tokyo Summer Olympics, USABA is joining with a host of Team USA national governing bodies on the launch of Giving Games, an effort to support and sustain U.S. sports federations and their athletes on their Olympic and Paralympic journey. Giving Games officially launched on July…  Read More

COVID-19: Risks and Challenges for the Visually Impaired

The health and well-being of our athletes is a top priority at USABA and we'd like to share with our members some informative articles about the current COVID-19 pandemic and the risks and challenges that are specific to the visually impaired community. There is much information to be found online about the virus. USABA has selected a few articles below that we feel are informative, beneficial and from trusted sources. (Source: World Health Organization)  The additional challenges of the blind and visually impaired population during the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals who are blind or visually impaired are not at greater risk…  Read More

USABA Update on Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 Situation

Dear USABA Members, As a core pillar of USABA’s mission and vision, we are strongly committed to the health, safety and well-being of all members, athletes, volunteers and staff. USABA staff, the Board of Directors and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee have been closely monitoring the ever-changing Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 situation.  We want to ensure that all parties involved in our blind sports community are informed and familiarized with the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19 preventative measures, travel guidelines and best practices. The World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are your best source for the latest…  Read More

USA Women’s Goalball Celebrates National Girls & Women in Sports Day

February 5th is National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a day set aside to celebrate and encourage the involvement of females in sports, so more women can emerge as leaders in sports and life. Sports are much more than just a game or just a competition. Sports are an opportunity to learn more about yourself and develop skills that will benefit you in and out of competition. In celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, we asked members of our women’s goalball team to share their experiences in sports and how they use their love for sports…  Read More

USABA Welcomes Cat Bouwkamp as Membership and SafeSport Coordinator

USABA is pleased to announce the hiring of Cat Bouwkamp as the organization's membership and SafeSport coordinator. Bouwkamp comes to USABA from Fishers, Indiana, and is a 2012 Paralympian in wheelchair fencing. She is a recent graduate of Indiana University with degrees in recreational therapy and nonprofit management, and was the co-founder of the first adaptive sports program at IU. Bouwkamp has a passion for the Paralympic movement and for people, and she is looking forward to working with USABA members. “In our strategy to build long-term capacity for USABA, I am ecstatic to add additional staff to our growing…  Read More

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