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USABA Updates

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

New Board of Directors Named for USABA

(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) -- The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is pleased to announce its new board of directors, which includes seven new appointees and three returning board members. Prodigy Search, a national leader in executive recruitment, helped to lead the search process for the board member positions. The 10-member board of directors is made up of five at-large directors, two independent directors, two goalball athlete directors and one constituent director. The at-large board directors are as follows: Chair Mark Ackermann (Freehold, N.J.), Vice-Chair Dr. Skye Arthur-Banning (Pendleton, S.C.), Treasurer Gary Remensnyder (St. Augustine, Fla.), Secretary Amy Wasson…  Read More

USABA Named Winner of 2020 Robert Wood Johnson Sports Award

COLORADO SPRINGS (October 4, 2020) – The United States Association of Blind Athletes has been selected as one of five 2020 winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Sports Award from a pool of 270 applicants. The winners receive a $25,000 cash award and were honored at a virtual ceremony on October 4 aired live on the RWJF Facebook page. The award recognizes and honors those in sport who display an innovative and collaborative approach to making their communities a healthier place to live. This includes sports teams, athletes, and community-based organizations that use sports as a platform to…  Read More

USABA Names Molly Quinn as New Chief Executive Officer

COLORADO SPRINGS (July 28, 2020) –The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is pleased to announce the addition of Molly Quinn as the association’s new Chief Executive Officer. Quinn comes to USABA with over 20 years of progressive experience in sales, sports marketing, and philanthropy.  Prodigy Search, a national executive search firm, conducted the broad-scale recruitment process for the new hire. In her new role at USABA, Quinn will work with the board, staff, members, and other stakeholders to develop, implement, and achieve a new strategic plan to increase membership, expand programs, and develop new revenue streams among other…  Read More

Statement from USABA Executive Director Mark Lucas

On June 1, Sarah Hirshland, CEO of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), wrote a strong unifying message to Olympic and Paralympic athletes. She stated, “We must do everything in our power to ensure equality promised is equality achieved.” (https://go.teamusa.org/2MExnHi). As a member organization of the USOPC, the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) staff and Board of Directors fully concur with her statement and affirm these principles. USABA staff and Board of Directors are fully committed to upholding our organization’s written and approved core values. These values include respect, integrity, empowerment, diversity, and inclusion for all members. These…  Read More

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