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When Fatherhood Meets Sports

By: Matthew J. Rodjom Seven years ago, I started my greatest challenge and adventure in life, fatherhood. I am a father to twin girls, Emily and Marisa, who are 7, and a son, Zachary, who is 4. Since my wife, Sarah, and I are distance runners, sports and athletics are part of the daily routine at our house. When the twins were toddlers they were at every race mom and dad ran. It is a pretty cool feeling hearing “Go, Daddy, Go” when my guide and I pass at the end of a local 5k. In 2016, I attempted to make…  Read More

U.S. Goalball Teams Wrap Competition at 2018 World Championships

U.S. Men’s and Women’s Goalball Teams faced Paralympic champions Lithuania and Turkey in quarterfinals today at the 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championships. Unfortunately, both match-ups resulted in losses for Team USA and both U.S. Men and Women were eliminated from the competition. U.S. Women earned a spot in the quarterfinals despite two tough losses to Brazil (3-1) and Canada (5-2) in pool play. The team was determined to bounce back and re-focus for a strong game against Turkey, in the quarterfinals. It was a must-win game for both Team USA and Turkey to move on to semifinals. Lisa Czechowski showed…  Read More

U.S. Men’s Goalball Start Winning Streak at Worlds

U.S. Men need a win against Japan tomorrow to secure a spot in the quarterfinals while U.S. Women locked in a 3rd seed quarterfinals spot with a 3-2 record in pool play. U.S. Men earned their first win of the tournament against Czech Republic (8-3) on the third day of competition. They continued the trend with a 13-3 win against Egypt and another win over North American rivals, Canada today. The win against Canada was clutch for U.S. Men as they need to win their last two games in pool play for a spot in the quarterfinals. Team USA stacked…  Read More

U.S. Women’s Goalball Earns First Win Against China Since Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Defending world champions, U.S. Women, are proving their strength on the court in Sweden with a 3-0 record so far in round robin play but in Group B, U.S. Men are struggling to keep up with the competition. Following their first win against Greece on day one, U.S. Women took the court again opposite China. It was a tough game between two very strong teams but in the end, Team USA prevailed. This was their first win against China since the U.S. Women’s Goalball Team topped them in the gold medal game at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. “Not all…  Read More

U.S. Men’s and Women’s Goalball Teams Compete at Worlds June 3-8

U.S. Men’s and Women’s Goalball Teams will compete in their first chance at qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games next week at the 2018 IBSA Goalball World Championships in Malmö, Sweden. The U.S. Women are defending champions and have earned medals at eight World Championships since their debut at the 1982 World Championships in Indianapolis where they won gold. The U.S. Men have five World Championship podium finishes, including a bronze medal from the 2014 World Championships, and are hoping to add another to their collection. A podium finish for both teams would mean becoming one of the first…  Read More

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