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National Blind Sports Day presented by Healthy Vision Association

October 30, 2021

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National Blind Sports Day presented by Healthy Vision Association is a celebration across the U.S. promoting fitness in Americans with visual impairments and showcasing the abilities, opportunities and awareness of sports for the blind


NATIONAL BLIND SPORTS WEEK presented by Healthy Vision Association: October 25-30, 2021
NATIONAL BLIND SPORTS DAY presented by Healthy Vision Association: October 30, 2021


National Blind Sports Week Facebook Live Panel Discussions:
Join us for a series of Facebook Live panel discussions with different themes each day celebrating National Blind Sports Week, Oct. 25-30:

Monday, October 25 - Paralympic Day (11 a.m. Eastern)
-David Brown, track & field
-Kym Crosby, track & field
-Amy Dixon, triathlon
-Ben Goodrich, judo

Tuesday, October 26 - Goalball Day (5:30 p.m. Eastern)
-Jake Czechowski, USA womens goalball coach
-Keith Young, USA mens goalball coach

Wednesday, October 27 - Tethered Together Guide Day (8 p.m. Eastern)
-Scott Jurek, ultramarathoner & guide runner

Thursday, October 28 - Blind Soccer Day (10:15 a.m. Eastern)
-Skye Arthur-Banning, referee
-Kevin Brown, athlete
-Jaime Garzon, USABA blind soccer manager
-Bailey Martin, athlete
-Tim Taylor, coach

Friday, October 29 - Wellness Day (4 p.m. Eastern)
-Shauna Jatho, clinical nurse educator, Vanda Pharmaceuticals


National Blind Sports Day
When?    
Sat., October 30, 2021, with celebrations throughout the week of Oct. 25-30.

Where?   Across the U.S., through community-based partners.

Who?       Blind and visually impaired, or sighted community members.

How?      Community-based partners will host events to raise awareness of a variety of blind sports and fitness activities, providing those in attendance with the opportunity to participate. Sports and fitness activities will include soccer, goalball, walking, corn hole toss, bocce, tandem cycling, inline hockey and more. Partners will be provided with programming and marketing toolkits from the USABA staff to assist in their event implementation.

Why?      Sport and fitness activities have the power to provide people who are blind and visually impaired with the framework to set goals, build work ethic and live a healthier lifestyle. Studies have shown that blind and visually impaired individuals who are involved in sport and fitness live a higher-quality life and are twice as likely to find employment. National Blind Sports Day will provide many blind Americans the opportunity to find an activity they love and showcase to society that sport and recreation are for everyone.

2021 National Blind Sports Week Events


COLORADO
Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
33 N. Institute St.

Colorado Springs, Colo.
Thursday, Oct. 29, 9-11 am
Goalball and Blind Soccer clinic

ILLINOIS
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA)
27864 Irma Lee Circle

Lake Forest, Ill.
Goalball and other sports
Contact: Cindy Housner (chousner@glasa.org)
Website: GLASA.org

Chicago Park District
Monday, Oct. 25, 5-7 pm, basketball & soccer (McKinley Park: 2210 W. Pershing Ave.)
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 4:30-6 pm, curling (Kennicott Park: 4434 S. Lake Park Ave.)
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 5-7 pm, archery (McKinley Park: 2210 W. Pershing Ave.)
Thursday, Oct. 28, 5:30-6:45 pm, swimming (Gil Park: 825 W. Sheridan Rd.; Partnership: Dare2Tri)
Friday, Oct. 29, 5-7 pm, beep baseball (Horner Park: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.; Guest: Chicago Comets)
Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 am-2:30 pm, goalball & soccer (Horner Park: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.; Partnership: Illinois Youth Soccer Assoc.)
Contact: Sheena M. Hager (sheena.hager@chicagoparkdistrict.com)
312.636.7648 (cell)/312.745.2180 (office)
Website: ChicagoParkDistrict.com

MISSOURI
St. Louis National Blind Hockey Event
Oct. 22-24
Contact: Ted Caputo (ted@nymbh.org)
Website: NYMBH.org

NEW YORK
New York Metro Blind Hockey
175 Underhill Blvd.

Syosset, N.Y.
Oct. 3 & 17, 5-6:15 p.m.
Contact: Ted Caputo (ted@nymbh.org)
Website: NYMBH.org

Camp Abilities & Fitness Inclusion Network
Blind Sports Expo
CNY Family Sports Center
7201 Jones Rd.

Syracuse, N.Y.
Tuesday, October 26, 4:30-8pm
The Fitness Inclusion Network is teaming up with Camp Abilities to host an exciting event. On Tuesday, October 26th, we will be hosting a Blind Sport Expo at the CNY Family Sport Center. Youth with visual impairments will have the opportunity to learn about and play a variety of sports, such as 5-a-side soccer and goalball. Athletes with visual impairments, an orienteering expert, and Adapted Physical Education staff from SUNY Brockport will be speaking and demonstrating activities throughout the event.
Youth are invited to bring their parents/caregivers and P.E. teachers as well, so everyone can learn new activities. The first 20 youth to register AND participate will receive fitness equipment so they can play these sports at school. Spots are limited, so register today!
Contact: Lauren Lieberman (llieberman@brockport.edu)
Learn more: https://rb.gy/cy6dsn
Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/168781428797

NORTH CAROLINA
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
Marion Diehl Recreation Center

2219 Tyvola Road
Charlotte, N.C.
Saturday, October 16
10 am-4 pm
For individuals 10 & over who are blind or have a visual impairment
Sports offered: goalball, orienteering, soccer, cycling, soundball tennis, running, disc golf and yoga
Contact: Stacey Thomas (Stacey.Thomas@mecklenburgcountync.gov)
Website: www.mecknc.gov/ParkandRec

NORTH DAKOTA
North Dakota Association of the Blind
Polaris Park

712 26th Ave. NW
Minot, N.D.
Saturday, October 16
3-5:30 pm
Sports offered: blind soccer, beep kickball, beep baseball and goalball
Contact: https://ndab.org/home-2/test-contact-us/

TENNESSEE
TriState Adaptive Sports Association, Inc.
2146 Ball Road

Memphis, TN 38114
Saturday, October 9
Sports: 3k walk, corn hole toss, bocce, tandem cycling
Office: 901-304-7440
Website: tasaweb.org

TEXAS
El Paso Mooses Blind Inline Hockey Club
Nations-Tobin Sports Center
8831 Railroad Drive

El Paso, TX
Saturday, October 9 - 11:00 a.m.
Sports: blind inline hockey exhibition game
Contact: Danny Guard (dguard@elp.rr.com)
Website: Blindhockeymooses.com

Documents & Links

Healthy Vision Association   

Contacts

Register your event
Kyle Coon
kcoon@usaba.org
904-477-9123