USABA Hall of Fame Recipients


Pamala Fernandes (Athlete)

Current City: Needham, Massachusetts
Category/Sport: Athlete, Tandem Cycling
Year Inducted: 2013 - 2017
Biography: Pam has been an active member of USABA since 1993 when she attended the first multi-disability cycling camp in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She began racing that year as a B1 mixed tandem category racer and won the National Championship. She continued to win the USABA National Championship every year from 1993 through 2000. She competed internationally at the IPC World Cycling Championships in 1994 and 1998 where she took home the silver medal. She competed in the 1996 Atlanta, Georgia Paralympic Games and 2000 Sydney, Australia Paralympic Games where she medaled every time and set a Paralympic and World Record in tandem track cycling. During the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games she won the gold and silver medal, set one world and two Paralympic records in track cycling. In 2001 Pam won two gold medals at the European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland and in 2002 she won two gold medals and set a world record at the World Championships in Augsburg, Germany. In recognition of her determination and courage Pam was awarded the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award presented in Salt Lake City in February 2001. Pam continues to serve as USABA’s cycling camp coordinator.

Quote: “Never let anyone tell you, you can’t!”


Pam McGonigle (Athlete)

Current City: Ardmore, Pennsylvania
Category/Sport: Athlete, track and field
Year Inducted: 2013 -2017
Biography: Pam is a four-time Paralympian in track and field. She participated in four Paralympic Games starting with the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, Spain where she captured a gold medal in the 3000m as well as two bronze medals in the 800m and 1500m events. She also competed in the Atlanta 1996 , Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. During her athletic career she also competed in many world and national championships. Pam is currently a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, Pennsylvania Advisory Committee for Adapted Physical Education and serves as a parent liaison for the School District of Haverford Township Department of Pupil Services. Pam serves on the Executive Committee for The National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation (NOAH) as an at-large representative as well as Chairs the Financial Development Committee. In her spare time Pam and her family enjoy tandem biking, running, hiking, and just about anything that has to do with sports.

Quote: “You will fall down during your journey, but as long as you get back up and kept trying you will reach your goals!”


Alonzo Jenkins (Athlete)

Current City: Aynor, South Carolina
Category/Sport: Athlete – track and field
Year Inducted: 2013 - 2017
Biography: Alonzo Jenkins won more than 23 gold medals, 21 national championships, participated in 3 Paralympic Games and 1 world championship during his 10 year track and field career. Alonzo was the first blind student to compete in at his high school cross country championship in 1981.  From there he went on to set a USABA national record in the 100m in 1983 and 1984. At the 1984 Paralympics in New York, Alonzo won the silver medal in 400m. He continued to win a gold medal in the 100m at the world championships in 1986 as well as in 1988 (Seoul), 1992 (Barcelona) and world championships in Sweden (1986). From 1983 to 1996 Alonzo held the USABA National long jump record. Not only was Alonzo a stellar track star, he was also inducted into the national wrestling hall of fame and presented the national wrestling medal of courage award. He won two state high school wrestling championships against sighted peers during his career. Alonzo continued being a South Carolina Association of Blind Athletes athlete, coach and mentor for an addition 10 year follow him USABA competitions.

Quote: “I am not disabled, I just can’t see.”


Winford Haynes (Athlete)

Current City:  Austin, Texas
Category/Sport:  Athlete, Track & Field and Goalball
Year Inducted:  2010
Biography:  At the 1984 Paralympic Games (this was the first year the B category was subdivided into B3, B2, B1) Winford Haynes won the Gold medal and set a Paralympic record with the time of 11.78 in the Men’s 100 meter race. Winford also competed at the 1976 Paralympic Games and won a Silver medal at the 1980 Paralympics. Not only was Winford a great track athlete, but he also competed with the 1984 Men’s Paralympic Goalball Team (see below) and was a member of the US Judo Team in the -65kg division. Besides his Paralympic accomplishments, Winford was a physical education instructor at a rehabilitation center for blind adults in New Mexico. 


Reni Jackson (Athlete)

Current City:  Louisville, Kentucky
Category/Sport:  Athlete, Goalball
Year Inducted:  2010
Biography:  Reni Jackson was a member of the Men’s 1984 Paralympic Goalball Team who defeated Egypt and won the Gold medal in New York City. Reni played Goalball for 15 years, competing in three Paralympic Games and three World Championships. Not only was he a player, but he also briefly coached Goalball in 2005. Reni is also an advocate for adaptive sports; he has said that perseverance, confidence, self-respect, opportunities and health are the main benefits from sports for people who are blind and visually impaired.

Quote: “Get out and play!”


James Mastro (Athlete)

Current City:  Bemidji, MN
Category/Sport:  Athlete, Track and Field, Goalball, Judo and Wrestling
Year Inducted:  2009
Biography:  James (Jim) Mastro is a seven-time Paralympian and the first athlete to medal in four Paralympic sports, winning 10 medals overall, including five gold. Jim was the first blind athlete selected for a US Olympic Team (Greco-Roman wrestling alternate, 1976) and he received the Medal of Courage in 2008 from the United Sates National Wrestling Hall of Fame. In 2012, Jim once again received a nomination for the US Olympic Hall of Fame Class of 2008. Jim was also the first blind person to earn a PhD in Adapted Physical Education and is a professor at Bemidji State University. He is a current USABA board member and coordinator of the Showdown Program.

Quote:  “I never tell anyone to do their best, because that limits them to what they think they can do.  No one knows what their best is.”


Michael May (Athlete)

Current City:  Davis, CA
Category/Sport:  Athlete, Alpine Skiing
Year Inducted:  2010
Biography:  Michael May, totally blind at age three from an explosion of calcium carbide, grew up believing he was lucky to be blind and still alive. Michael competed in the 1984   Sarajevo Winter Olympics where he broke the world record in downhill speed skiing for the B1 Class (person who is totally blind) with a speed of 65 MPH. Remarkably his record  still holds today. Currently, Michael is a leader in the field of advancing technology and mobility for the independence of people who are blind and visually impaired. He has been a  pioneer in new product development since 1980.  Michael has also worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, Bank of California, TRW and Arkenstone.

Motto:  "There is always a way."


John Morgan (Athlete)

Current City:  Adelphi, MD
Category/Sport:  Athlete, Swimming
Year Inducted:  2011
Biography:  John Morgan earned five gold and two silver medals in the 1984 New York Paralympic Games and eight gold and two silver medals in the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games. Over the course of his incredible swimming career, John established 14 disabled world records, including five in the B2 class and nine in the B1 class. Amazingly, John continues to hold onto the world record in the men’s 100-meter freestyle in the B1 class, a record that has stood for over 25 years. His greatest long distance swimming accomplishment was 35 miles at an open water marathon in Argentina taking nearly 8 hours and 24 minutes to complete. John also made the United States Swimming (USS) All America Team for Rough Open Water Swimming in 1984. John is currently a mathematician working at The Army Research Laboratory at the Adelphi Laboratory Center just north of Washington D.C.

Quote:  Latin phrase “mens sana in corpore sano” - a healthy mind in a healthy body.
Click here to listen to John Morgan’s induction speech


James Neppl (Athlete)

Current City:  Rock Island, IL
Category/Sport:  Athlete, Track and Field
Year Inducted:  2009
Biography:  James (Jim) Neppl is a graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Fonda, Iowa; Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa (1964) with a B.A. in economics and University of Iowa College of Law (1967).  Jim is fluent in six languages including Russian, Spanish, French, Italian and German. He was a four-year Letterman in basketball while in college and he is a seven time Paralympic gold medalist in track and field.  Remarkably, Jim continues to hold onto the world record in the men’s shot put (B1), set in 1988. Jim is a past regional chair for the North American Region of the International Blind Sports Association and a past chair for the Americas for the International Paralympics Committee.  He has also been a member of the board of directors of the United States Association for Blind Athletes and was vice-president for seven years. Jim is currently an attorney at his private practice in Illinois.

Quote:  “No one gets ahead in this world without hard work”


Marla Runyan (Athlete)

Current City:  Eugene, OR
Category/Sport:  Athlete, Track and Field
Year Inducted:  2010
Biography:  Marla Runyan is the holder of three United States 1,500 meter titles, and was ranked number one in the United States 5 km run and the marathon in 2002. Additionally, she is a two-time Olympian, USA Indoor 3,000 meter champion, and tenth in the 1,500 meter at the 1999 World Outdoor Championship. Marla holds records in the 20-kilometer, All-Female Marathon, 500-meter and Heptathlon. Marla received a degree in Education of the Deaf at San Diego State University and another degree in Education of Deaf-Blind Children in 1994. In 2000, Marla became the first legally blind American to compete in the Olympics where she placed eighth in the 1,500 meter and had the top finish for an American female in the race. Marla currently resides in Oregon with her husband, daughter, and dog.

Quote:  "Lead, follow, or get out of the way." - Thomas Paine


Janet Rowley-Cebula (Athlete)

Current City:  Clark, NJ
Category/Sport:  Athlete, Track and Field, Goalball
Year Inducted:  2009
Biography:  Janet is a three-time Paralympian and a seven-time medalist in field events. Her career began when a Perkins School for the Blind coach asked if she would like to try out for track and field. She competed in the high jump and discus at Boston University and was one of USABA’s earliest athletes. In her first Summer Paralympics in 1980, Janet won a gold medal in discus, high jump, shot put, and a gold medal in goalball at the 1984 games. She retired from competition in 1990 and currently works as a low vision therapist. Janet still holds national records in the B2 class for high jump, triple jump, and shot put.


Richard Ruffalo (Athlete)

Current City:  Danville, VA
Category/Sport:  Athlete, Track and Field
Year Inducted:  2009
Biography:  Richard Ruffalo has won 14 international gold medals, 32 national titles, 13 USA track and field state titles where he competed against sighted people, and set nine world and 15 national records in four different events. He is a five-time Paralympian, winning medals in shot put, discus and javelin. In 1988 The United States Olympic Committee named him the Disabled Athlete of the Year. In 1989, Richard won a Victor Award as the nation’s most inspirational athlete. Now a motivational speaker, Richard is a member of the National Teacher’s Hall of Fame. At the 1995 Walt Disney American Teacher Awards he received Outstanding Coach of the Year and won the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award presented by Vice President Al Gore. He was the first physically challenged athlete to be inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.  Richard was named American Hometown Hero in 1997 by the Children’s Miracle Network and later received the Salute to Excellence in 1998.

Quote:  “When the world says you can’t, Champions say watch me.”


Carlos Talbott (Athlete)

City:  Miami Springs, FL
Category/Sport:  Athlete, Track and Field
Year Inducted:  2012
Biography:  In 1988 at the Seoul, South Korea Paralympic Games Carlos won a gold medal in the 5K run with a time of just 15 minutes and nine seconds, breaking the world record by 18 seconds; he also won a gold medal in the marathon, establishing a world record time of 2:22:55, a record that still stands today. Carlos also holds national records at the 5000m, 10km, 30km and 50km distances. Besides being a Paralympic athlete, Carlos was an avid runner in his community winning many local races, even running with former Olympian Bruce Jenner. Sadly Carlos passed away in 1994. At the time he was a language specialist for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Miami and was survived by this wife Linda; three children Gregory, Jennifer and Christopher; his mother and three brothers.  Carlos Talbott never allowed his blindness to inhibit his passion for running. "He didn't want to give in to his blindness," said close friend and training partner John Whitt. 


Peter Paulding (Coach)

Current City: Gulf Breeze, Florida
Category/Sport: Coach, Cycling
Year Inducted: 2013 - 2017
Biography: Peter began his work for USABA as a pilot for blind cyclists and raced in numerous disabled and able-bodied races with blind athletes. He raced at the Burley Tandem Duet Classic in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997; the USA Cycling Masters National Championships 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997; the International Cycling Championships in Tampa, Florida in 1994; and numerous other regional races. Through his efforts, Peter established a relationship with USA Cycling that enabled blind cyclists to compete in tandem cycling events across the U.S. and at the Masters Nationals Championships where USA Cycling conducted tandem racing. He was a race partner, coach, team leader, advocate, mechanic, or whatever role he needed to take in order for the ParaCycling movement to succeed. Long before USA Cycling was mandated by the UCI (Union Cycliste International), to include all cyclists with disabilities in their events, Peter had cyclists with disabilities welcomed at cycling events across the country. In 2001, the United States ParaCycling Team was ranked #1 in the world, a legacy of his leadership as all of the athletes who medaled were brought into the sport by Peter's dedication and hard work. That year the U.S. ParaCycling Team brought home 34 medals: 17 Gold, 11 Silver and 6 Bronze.

Quote: “Do not let someone else impose limitations on what you can achieve.”


Dick Anderson (Coach)

Current City:  Edmond, Oklahoma
Category/Sport:  Coach, Track and Field
Year Inducted:  2012
Biography:  Dick Anderson dedicated his professional life to working with people who are blind and visually impaired. He was a teacher for 32 years and spent 12 years coaching at the collegiate level. Prior to teaching he was an All-American NCAA & NAIA in Cross Country and Track and was even a competitor at the 1964 and 1968 in Olympic Trials in Modern Pentathlon. Dick was the chairman for USABA Track and Field Technical Committee from 1977-1991 as well as the head coach for the 1980 and 1988 Paralympics. Along with the Paralympics, Dick was the head coach for USABA World Championships and Pan American Games from 1978-1990. He also organized and directed USABA Marathon Championships at Drake Relays, Boston Marathon and Marine Corps Marathon.  Finally, Dick Anderson was a former USABA representative with the Athletic Congress and a nationally rated official with TAC. Currently, he is a volunteer assistant coach for field events with Oklahoma Christian University.

Quote:  “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms; the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” -- Teddy Roosevelt


Stephen Kearney (Coach)

Current City:  Muskogee, Oklahoma
Category/Sport:  Coach, Goalball
Year Inducted:  2010
Biography:  Stephen Kearney was on the team to create the United States Association of Blind Athletes in Kansas City, Kansas in 1976. Also, in 1976, he was the first Goalball Coach for USABA as well as the first Goalball chairman. As a coach Mr. Kearney took his team to each of the Games for the Disabled and Paralympic Games during 1976 – 2008. At the 1982 World Goalball Championships the USA Men’s Goalball Team won a Gold Medal and in 1984 the team also took home a Gold Medal from the International Games of the Disabled. After the 1982 Games he was selected to serve on the First International Blind Sports Association committee for Goalball where he was a member until 2012, he also served four years as the chairman. Along with being the Goalball Men’s Head Coach Mr. Kearney held the following USABA positions:  Paralympic Assistant Team Leader, Team Leader, Chef de Mission, Board Member, and Sports Technical Officer. On the International Paralympic level he served as Assistant Technical Delegate for Goalball in four World Championships Games and three Paralympic Games. During the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, GA he held the position as Goalball Competition Manger and had the opportunity to work in the communication department for Badminton during the 1996 Olympic Games. Mr. Kearney is now retired after serving 38 years at the Oklahoma School for the Blind where he held the following positions: Teacher/Wrestling Coach and Athletic Director.

Quote:  When constructing your team always look at your talent pool then make sure you have the right chemistry of players.


Jack Todd (Coach)

Current City:  Spartanburg, SC
Category/Sport:  Coach
Year Inducted:  2009
Biography:  Jack Todd has been an active part of each Paralympic Games since 1980 serving as a guide runner and coach.  In more recent years, Jack has been a referee and international technical official for athletics (track and field). Along with his Paralympic involvement he has been an educator for children who are blind and visually impaired for more than 30 years. Jack has been instrumental in inspiring numerous athletes to succeed in their athletic careers with world records and Paralympic gold medals. He currently serves as the USABA’s Track and Field Technical Chairman. Jack has organized and directed the 2001 Pan American Games for the Blind, 2004 National Goalball Championships, 2006 World Goalball Championships, and served as Head of Competition for Athletics for the International Paralympic Committee.

Quote:  “Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”


1988 Women's Paralympic Goalball Team

Names/Hometowns:
Coach Sharon Gunderman (Pennsylvania)
Maureen Ryan Esposito (Flemington, NJ)
Karen Helmacy Zabel (Yorktown, IN)
Angie Garlick Green (Macomb, Ill.)
April Saunders (Seacaucus, NJ)
Patti Baxter (Rockaway Park, New York)
Donna Budeau Jones (Tennessee)
Category/Sport: Team - Goalball
Year Inducted: 2013 - 2017
Biography: The 1988 Women’s Goalball Paralympic Team took home the Silver Medal at the 1988 Paralympic Games in Seoul, Korea. This group of women continues to serve as mentors, role models, and key note speakers for numerous events. Some of the women also serve on state and national boards for the blind, state blind sports organizations, and Maureen Ryan Esposito served on the USABA Board of Directors.  For some it was their first Paralympic Games and for others their last; the enthusiasm and excitement of being a part of such a monumental event was contagious!

Quote: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” Helen Keller


1984 Men's Paralympic Goalball Team

Names/Hometowns: 
Coach Stephen Kearney (Muskogee, OK)
John Cutliff (Muskogee, OK)
Winford Haynes (Austin, TX)
Reni Jackson (Louisville, KY)
George Morris (St Louis, MO)
James Neppl (Rock Island, IL)
Kevin Szott (Milbern, NJ)
Category/Sport:  Team, Goalball
Year Inducted:  2009
Biography:  The 1984 Men’s Goalball Team was seeded first at the 1984 summer Paralympic Games, but suffering some unexpected losses early in the tournament the U.S. team made a remarkable comeback from the loser's bracket beating Egypt for the Paralympic gold medal. “We went in there seeded first, every team gunning for us. They managed to beat us, but not by much. The team wouldn't go down without a fight,” said Coach Stephen Kearney. “A fight is what we gave them too. It is a rare thing to lose one of your first games and come back to win gold, but we did it,” said Kearney.  


1984 Women's Paralympic Goalball Team

Names/Hometowns:
Coach Rosanna Copeland (Denton, TX)
Team Leader Joe Dominguez (Albuquerque, NM)
Norma (Brown) Mawhinney (Chaffee, MO)
Catherine (Brown) Farnes (Laurel, MT)
Angie (Garlick) Green (Macomb, IL)
Janet (Rowley) Rowley-Cebula (Clark, NJ)
Tonia (McHugh) Walters (St Louis, MO)
Karen (Helmacy) Zabel (Muncie, IN)
Category/Sport:  Team, Goalball
Year Inducted:  2009
Biography:  The 1984 Women’s Paralympic Goalball Team distinguished themselves as the first women’s Paralympic Gold medalists for the sport, setting the foundation of a strong US women’s goalball presence in the United States. Even more remarkable regarding their accomplishment was the fact many of the team members were accomplished Paralympic athletes in other sports, capturing several Paralympic medals in athletics and swimming. 


Thomas Culliton (Special Contributor)

Current City: St. Louis, Missouri
Category/Sport: Special Contributor
Year Inducted: 2013 - 2017
Biography: In 1969 Tom began his career at the Missouri School for the Blind and worked there for 37 years. During his tenure he worked as an industrial arts teacher, co-house parent for an off campus residential life living experience for senior students, residential life director, principal and retired as the assistant superintendent. In his “spare time” he was the assistant coach for track and field and wrestling. In 1972 he became the athletic director of the school and was president of the North Central Schools for the Blind Athletic Association for a two year term then serving as secretary/treasurer for 12 years. In 1988 Tom served as the assistant Goalball coach at the Seoul, Korea Paralympic Games. He has worked tirelessly encouraging students to excel in their athletic endeavors and networked around the state to educate students, teachers, school counselors, parents and Lion’s Clubs about USABA and the opportunities they provide for blind and visually impaired athletes. Tom has dedicated his life to providing recreational and athletic opportunities for people who are visually impaired; networking with schools to be sure every eligible student has the opportunity to know the joy of competition and teamwork. 


Thomas Parrigin (Special Contributor)

Current City: St. Augustine, Florida
Category/Sport: Special Contributor
Year Inducted: 2013 - 2017
Biography: Tom first started working for the Tennessee School for the Blind, which is where he got his start coaching athletes who are blind and visually impaired. He later became the director of student life at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind where he formed a swim team. In 1977 Tom took six athletes to the 2nd USABA National Championships where they won a bronze medal in swimming and a bronze medal in track and field. The following year Tom took eight athletes to the 3rd USABA National Championships and won six medals, one of them gold.  In 1983 Tom officially organized the Florida Association of Blind Athletes, which remains a strong partner with USABA. Then in 1990 Tom was selected to go to the IBSA World Youth Championships in France, bringing along four track and field athletes, which all took home a medal. A few years later in 1992 Tom became the men’s USA Paralympic Goalball head coach and took the team to the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games where the men took home the bronze medal; he served as hea coach until 2010. To top off Tom’s incredible USABA careerhe served on the Board from 1992-2012 (20 years)!

Quote: “The will to win means nothing without the wil to prepare” 


David Beaver (Special Contributor)

Current City:  Macomb, IL
Category/Sport:  Special Contributor
Year Inducted:  2011
Biography:  For 35 years David Beaver served in the physical education profession through adapted physical activity as a teacher, coach, administrator, mentor, and program presenter. He served as the wrestling coach for USABA's team who competed in the 1976 Toronto Olympiad; the leader for the section of athletes with blindness competing as a part of the U.S. Disabled Sports Team during the International Games For The Disabled in Arnhem, Holland in 1980. David also served as Chef de Mission for the United States Disabled Sports Team competing in the 1984 International Games for the Disabled in Nassau, NY. David was influential in the formation of USABA and responsible for much of its early growth and development, serving as a volunteer in charge of the association's Sports Development during the first eight years of USABA's existence. He stayed with USABA for more than 10 years as the Chairperson of the Sports Development Committee that formulated the rulebooks for governing all sports, developed a cooperative relationship for all USABA sports with their respective United States Olympic Committee National Governing Body’s and later he served as Vice- President.

Quote:  “Its not practice that makes a perfect skill, it is correct practice; anything less develops a bad motor response habit and becomes self-limiting."
Click here to listen to David Beaver’s induction speech


Oral Miller (Special Contributor)

Current City:  Washington, DC
Category/Sport:  Special Contributor
Year Inducted:  2010
Biography:  Oral Miller lost his sight at the age of 10 and became interested in sports for the blind in high school where he participated in track and field and wrestling.  He attended Princeton University where he participated in crew racing and became the first blind athlete to take part in collegiate competition. In the early 1970s he was actively involved in Ski for the Light, a cross-country skiing program for people who are blind and visually impaired, and tenpin bowling. Oral became the second President of the Board of Directors for USABA after Arthur Copeland’s term. He also developed, encouraged, and promoted national blind organizations such as the American Council of the Blind and the Blind Veterans Association to support sports for people blind and visually impaired.

Quote:  “Participation in sports is one of life’s best educators in that during childhood it teaches the value of attentiveness, memory, discipline, self evaluation, analysis, purposeful conditioning, practice, understanding, patience, compassion and reasonable joy and then it reviews those disciplines and qualities for us from time to time throughout life.”


USABA Founding Members (Special Contributor)

The 1976 Paralympic Games was the first games that included competition for the blind and visually impaired. Dr. Charles Buell began the search for the first US Paralympic blind and visually impaired athlete contingent through individual letters and ads posted in magazines; an initial planning meeting was held in Indianapolis, Indiana and a tryout camp for wrestlers, swimmers, and track and field athletes was conducted in Louisville, Kentucky.

While at the first games, Dr. Buell and colleagues, Arthur Copeland, Lou Moneymaker and Judy Whyte learned that most nations participating in the Paralympic Games had organizations that provided opportunities for athletes with visual impairments. During an informal meeting held in the track infield at the 1976 Paralympic Games, these four individuals formulated a plan for an organization that would become the United States Association of Blind Athletes. Later that year, these same four individuals and twenty eight others met in Kansas City, Missouri. At that time USABA's name was selected, a constitution and by-laws were established and an initial board of directors was chosen. Arthur Copeland was elected USABA's first president. Lou Moneymaker was elected vice-president and Judy Whyte was elected treasurer.

Arthur Copeland served as president and fund-raiser for 10 years. He represented USABA at early international meetings and helped develop what would later become USABA's international federation, the International Blind Sports Association, IBSA (now known as the International Blind Sports Federation).

For 39 years, Judy Whyte was an inspirational coach and teacher of the blind and visually at the Indiana School for the Blind.  While there, Judy coached students to multiple wins in track and swimming.  As a founder of the United States Association for Blind Athletes she helped these very same students take their competitive skills to the international arena.
Dr. Charles E. Buell, pioneer, innovator, advocate par excellence for physical education, sport, and recreation programs for individuals who are blind and visually impaired had the distinction as a founder of the United States Association of Blind Athletes as a member of USABA’s  Board of Directors for a number of years.  Additionally, Dr. Buell was a founder of the California Association for Blind Athletes, serving as its first president.

Lou Moneymaker was named the first Vice President of the USABA board of directors and has held a variety of leadership positions on the USABA board. He has also served as Chef de Mission and team leader for numerous official delegations that participated in international competitions.  Along with Arthur Copeland, Lou was an architect for the International Blind Sport Federation.

Thanks to these four dynamic partners, thousands of lives in the United States have been transformed with the creation of the USABA; A legacy that lives on today and will for many years to come.