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Ten Athletes Named to First-Ever USA Blind Soccer Men’s National Team

The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) today announced the 10 athletes chosen for the first-ever USA Blind Soccer Men’s National Team that will begin international competition in 2023, the first step on the journey to competing at the Los Angeles 2028 Paralympic Games. The team was selected after a four-day selection camp held Oct. 27-30 in Chula Vista, Calif. The roster features eight athletes with visual impairments along with two sighted goalkeepers. The sport of blind soccer has been part of the Paralympic Games since 2004, but the U.S. has never fielded a team. That will all change in…  Read More

Chula Vista to Host Selection Camp for First-Ever USA Blind Soccer Men’s National Team

(October 26, 2022) – The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is holding a team selection camp, Oct. 27-30, in Chula Vista, Calif., with 13 players with visual impairments and three sighted goalkeepers vying to earn a spot on the first-ever USA Blind Soccer National Team. From that pool of athletes, eight players will join two goalkeepers to form the U.S. team that will begin international competition in 2023, the first step on the journey to competing at the Los Angeles 2028 Paralympic Games. “By naming this first-ever national team, it allows USABA to continue building blind soccer across the country,”…  Read More

USABA Enjoys Successful Philadelphia Distance Run

The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes expanded its endurance event offerings in 2022 with the addition of the Philadelphia Distance Run (PDR) on Sept. 18. The first foray into the event was met with great excitement and participation as the PDR is proving to be a nice compliment to the annual USABA Marathon National Championships held in conjunction with the California International Marathon each December in Sacramento. A total of 32 runners with visual impairments were paired up with 48 guides as part of the USABA contingent, including all six USABA Endurance Sport Ambassadors. The PDR race offerings included the…  Read More

USABA Conducts Visually Impaired & Blind Soccer Clinics as Part of PlayLA Adaptive Youth Sports Program

The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is supporting the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department (LA RAP) to launch the first visually impaired & blind soccer clinics as part of the PlayLA Adaptive Youth Sports Program. The free clinics are designed for blind and visually impaired youth ages 5-11 and 12-17, with all skill levels welcome to participate. Clinic participants will be taught blind soccer fundamentals, drills, game play and communication. The dates for the clinics are October 8, 15 & 22 and November 12. They will be held at the Algin Sutton Recreation Center in Los…  Read More

Jake Czechowski Named 2022 Ronald W. Plassman Gold Standard Award Honoree

Jake Czechowski (l) poses with Mark and Anne Plassman, children of Ronald W. Plassman. FORT WAYNE, IN (September 9, 2022) — Turnstone Center and the U.S. Association for Blind Athletes (USABA) are pleased to announce Jake Czechowski has been named the 2022 Ronald W. Plassman Gold Standard Award honoree. The award was presented at the Turnstone Gala held September 8 in Fort Wayne, Ind. An employee of USABA, Czechowski currently serves as U.S. Women’s Goalball head coach and runs the USA Goalball Resident Program at the Goalball Center of Excellence in Fort Wayne. Nominations in support of Czechowski highlighted his…  Read More

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