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Amanda Dennis, USA Women’s Goalball Team Fired Up For Tokyo in 2021

(article courtesy International Blind Sports Federation) USA Women's Goalball Coach Jake Czechowski raises his arms in the air as assistant coach John Potts, trainer Jen Brown, and players Lisa Czechowski and Shavon Lockhardt celebrate a victory over Canada at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (photo by Mark Reis) A couple of veteran players mixed with a fresh, younger team, together with a new defensive system, means that the defending women’s bronze medalists, the USA, are fired up, ready for Tokyo 2020.Having competed in the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Paralympics, Amanda Dennis and her team are using…  Read More

Third Annual National Blind Sports Day Expands To Week of Virtual Activities in 2020

(Aug. 10, 2020) -- Join the United States Association of Blind Athletes for National Blind Sports Week (Sept. 28-Oct. 3), a six-day virtual experience focused on participation and awareness of sports and opportunities available to athletes who are blind and visually impaired. The week culminates with the 3rd annual National Blind Sports Day on Saturday, Oct. 3. National Blind Sports Week celebrates the abilities of and opportunities available to Americans with visual impairments and increases awareness of sports for the blind. This year, to bring our members the best resources within the blindness community, USABA will also be partnering with other…  Read More

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

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