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Goalball Gametime with Daryl Walker

Photo credit: Shannon Galea, Wheelchair Sports USA As a kid, Daryl Walker dreamed about playing basketball and teaming up with Kobe Bryant. Since discovering goalball and making his first national team in 2003 when he was 21, Daryl has competed in 12 countries, won five national championships, and competed in two Paralympic Games, winning a silver medal in 2016. In the past year alone, he got married and became a certified yoga instructor. Find out more about Daryl in this Q&A: Q: How did you get started in goalball, and what sports did you play before? How did they help…  Read More

USABA Celebrates 45 Years

The United States Association of Blind Athletes is proud to be celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2021. Over the years, USABA has impacted numerous lives of blind and visually impaired individuals while becoming a vocal champion for the abilities of America's legally blind residents. We have many exciting activities planned to commemorate our 45th anniversary, so watch for updates in the USABA monthly newsletter, and on the USABA website and social media channels. To formally kick off the celebration, check out our 45th-anniversary video below... Video description: The video shows a collage of photos...both black & white and color...of blind and visually…  Read More

Running Through It All: A Spotlight on William Greer

by Marissa Kuula The distance a runner has to complete in a marathon is 26.2 miles. For an ultramarathon, the distance can be any mileage exceeding that 26.2-mile mark. For most of the population, this feat would seem daunting. To William Greer, however, 26.2 and beyond are the numbers that drive him. Unlike many runners though, William is legally blind. Born with 20/20 vision, he sustained an open skull wound after a cycling accident when he was 17, leaving him visually impaired. As a child and young adult, William enjoyed recreational downhill skiing, running, cycling and was an active member…  Read More

Kyle Coon Named USABA Program and SafeSport Coordinator

USABA is pleased to announce Kyle Coon as the organization’s Program and SafeSport Coordinator. In this position, he is responsible for planning, implementing and providing logistical management for various USABA events and programs. Since losing his sight at the age of 6 from retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer, Coon has become a competitive triathlete, runner, downhill skier and rock climber. In 2006, he hiked the Ankaschocha Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru, and a year later summited Mt. Kilimanjaro at the age of 15. “I’m incredibly excited, humbled and honored to join the USABA team,” said Coon. “Having…  Read More

Tom Parrigin, USABA Hall of Fame Member, Passes Away

Thomas “Tom” Parrigin, Jr., a member of the USABA Hall of Fame Class of 2013 and retired USA Goalball Men’s National Team coach, passed away on January 12 at the age of 83. His tenure as a USA coach spanned five Paralympics from 1992 to 2008. Coach Parrigin taught at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) from 1968 to 2001 and introduced the sport of goalball to the school in the 1980s. He founded the Florida Association of Blind Athletes in 1977, the Florida Youth Goalball Invitational Tournament in 1988, and the National High School Goalball…  Read More

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