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Experienced USA Goalball Roster Set for 2023 Parapan American Games

(October 3, 2023) — With the 2023 Parapan American Games representing the final chance for Paris 2024 Paralympic Games qualification, the United States will send an experienced roster of athletes to the November event in Santiago, Chile. Nine Paralympians are among the 12 athletes selected for the U.S. teams, including seven Paralympic medalists. The U.S. teams will need first-place finishes in Santiago to secure their respective berths at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. The U.S. men’s team can also qualify by finishing second to Brazil as the Brazil men’s team already achieved qualification for Paris by winning the 2022 IBSA…  Read More

Honeybees and Manticores Take Titles at Goalball Nationals

Three days of intense competition ended on Sunday at the USABA Goalball National Championships with the New Jersey Honeybees successfully defending their title in the women's division and the Manticores winning the men's division. The Atlanta Wolves took the top spot in the men's B division at the Turnstone Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Women's Division The New Jersey Honeybees won in decisive fashion with a 15-5 victory over the Maryland Minks in the women's final. The Honeybees were comprised of Lisa Czechowski, Amanda Dennis, Jameisha Murrell, Jasmine Murrell, Shelley Palmadessa and Jennia Tiberi. The Honeybees were coached by Dan…  Read More

Turnstone Center to Host USABA Goalball National Championships Sept. 22-24

More than 130 athletes representing 23 teams from across the United States will converge on Fort Wayne’s Turnstone Center September 22-24 for the 2023 U.S. Association of Blind Athletes’ Goalball National Championships. Competitors include nine members of the 2020 USA Paralympic Goalball Team, many of whom trained at Turnstone Center as part of the USA Goalball National Team Resident Athlete Program. The participating Paralympic athletes boast a combined 31 Paralympic Games appearances and 19 Paralympic medals. Members of the silver-medal-winning USA women’s team from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games who will be taking to the court at Turnstone Center include…  Read More

Thomas A. Abraham Becomes Sport Ambassador for USA Blind Soccer

The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes, the National Governing Body for the Paralympic sport of blind soccer, and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation today announced Thomas Abraham as a historic first sport ambassador in the sport of blind soccer. Abraham, who earned the title through his philanthropic contribution to the sport, marks the first time the title has been given for a Paralympic sport in the United States. “We are extremely honored and proud to add Thomas Abraham to our ongoing efforts to spread awareness of blind soccer throughout the nation,” said USABA CEO Molly Quinn. “His dedication to…  Read More

USA Goalball Teams Wrap Up Competition at IBSA World Games

The USA Goalball women’s and men’s teams wrapped up play at the 2023 IBSA World Games in Birmingham, England, on Aug. 27, with the U.S. women’s team placing fifth and the U.S. men’s team finishing eighth. The women’s team went 6-2 overall, including 4-1 in the group stage to advance to the quarterfinals. Facing eventual silver medalist Japan in the quarterfinal round, the two teams went toe-to-toe in an epic battle that saw the score tied 0-0 through two overtime periods. After the first round of shootouts, the teams remained locked in a 2-2 tie before Japan prevailed in the…  Read More

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