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Legally Blind Designer Mike Jones Lends Expertise to USABA’s 45-for-45 Series

Are you enjoying USABA's new 45-for-45 series that launched last month? Now meet the graphic designer behind the series...Mike Jones. Mike has slowly been losing his vision due to retinitis pigmentosa but uses assistive technology to create his amazing work. Watch Mike's interview with CBS Denver.  Read More

USABA Celebrates 45 Years

The United States Association of Blind Athletes is proud to be celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2021. Over the years, USABA has impacted numerous lives of blind and visually impaired individuals while becoming a vocal champion for the abilities of America's legally blind residents. We have many exciting activities planned to commemorate our 45th anniversary, so watch for updates in the USABA monthly newsletter, and on the USABA website and social media channels. To formally kick off the celebration, check out our 45th-anniversary video below... Video description: The video shows a collage of photos...both black & white and color...of blind and visually…  Read More

Kyle Coon Named USABA Program and SafeSport Coordinator

USABA is pleased to announce Kyle Coon as the organization’s Program and SafeSport Coordinator. In this position, he is responsible for planning, implementing and providing logistical management for various USABA events and programs. Since losing his sight at the age of 6 from retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer, Coon has become a competitive triathlete, runner, downhill skier and rock climber. In 2006, he hiked the Ankaschocha Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, and a year later summited Mt. Kilimanjaro at the age of 15. “I’m incredibly excited, humbled and honored to join the USABA team,” said Coon. “Having…  Read More

Tom Parrigin, USABA Hall of Fame Member, Passes Away

Thomas “Tom” Parrigin, Jr., a member of the USABA Hall of Fame Class of 2013 and retired USA Goalball Men’s National Team coach, passed away on January 12 at the age of 83. His tenure as a USA coach spanned five Paralympics from 1992 to 2008. Coach Parrigin taught at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) from 1968 to 2001 and introduced the sport of goalball to the school in the 1980s. He founded the Florida Association of Blind Athletes in 1977, the Florida Youth Goalball Invitational Tournament in 1988, and the National High School Goalball…  Read More

USABA Announces 2020 Hall of Fame Class

The United States Association of Blind Athletes is pleased to announce the members of the Class of 2020 who will be inducted into the USABA Hall of Fame. This year’s class is comprised of three athletes, one team, a coach and a special contributor, and were selected from a pool of nominations received during the open nominating period, and decided upon by the USABA Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The 2020 inductee list includes athletes Cody Colchado (powerlifting), Patti Egensteiner (athletics) and Tim Willis (distance running), the 2008 U.S. Women’s Paralympic Goalball Team, coach Angelo Montagnino and special contributor Dan…  Read More

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