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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

The Unshakeable Focus of Josh Welborn and USA Men’s Goalball

article courtesy of International Blind Sports Federation Josh Welborn throws the goalball at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games. Photo by Mark Reis At the tender age of 22, Josh Welborn has seen his fair share of success on the goalball court. Having been part of the silver medal-winning team at last year’s Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, where he led the U.S. team with 19 goals, Welborn is now one of the team's hopefuls heading to next year’s Paralympic Games. As a finance student at the University of Utah, Welborn’s love and passion for the sport bodes well for the…  Read More

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 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

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