Sep 22, 2015
Fort Wayne, Indiana Selected as 2016 USABA Goalball National Championship Site
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Colorado Springs, Colo. (September 22, 2015) – The United States Association of Blind Athletes is pleased to announce that Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities and the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana will partner to host the 2016 USABA Goalball National Championships. The tournament is set to take place June 23-25, 2016 and will welcome top teams from across the United States.
“Turnstone and the Fort Wayne community have an established reputation as outstanding hosts of many previous international and national-level athletic competitions,” said John Potts, USABA National Goalball Program Manager. “While relatively new members of the Goalball community, Turnstone and the Fort Wayne community have an amazing passion for sport and athletes. Not only have they embraced us to host our 2016 National Championships, they’ve signed-on to be part of the future success of USA Goalball.”
Turnstone is also home to the newly established Center for Excellence Goalball Resident Program where the first group of 6 elite Goalball athletes will live and train in preparation for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games and future international competitions.
“We are excited to be working with our partners-the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) and Visit Fort Wayne to bring the 2016 USABA Goalball National Championships to Turnstone and Fort Wayne. This partnership will be a great chance to introduce a new sport to the city and will provide an opportunity to showcase Turnstone’s newly established designation, by USABA, as a National Goalball Center for Excellence This tournament will feature elite level athletes, some whom will represent Team USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. We will be thrilled to welcome them to our community,” said Turnstone CEO Mike Mushett.
The tournament is set to take place June 23-25, 2016. Additional tournament information will be available on the USABA and Turnstone websites when tournament registration opens in Spring 2016.
About Turnstone Center
Founded in 1943, Turnstone empowers people with disabilities by maximizing their independence. The agency’s mission is to provide therapeutic, educational, wellness and recreational programs to empower people with disabilities, and it is the only not-for-profit in the region that offers a full range of programs and facilities designed to meet the unique needs of people with disabilities.
About U.S. Association of Blind Athletes
Since its founding in 1976, USABA, a community-based organization of the United States Olympic Committee, has reached more than 100,000 blind individuals. The organization has emerged as more than just a world-class trainer of blind athletes, it has become a champion of the abilities of Americans who are legally blind. USABA’s mission: to enhance the lives of blind and visually impaired people by providing the opportunity for participation in sports and physical activity. www.usaba.org | Twitter: @USABA1 | Facebook: United States Association of Blind Athletes
Sep 17, 2015
Job Announcement: Outreach & Membership Coordinator
Posting Window: September 14-October 9, 2015
Organization: The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA)
Title: Outreach & Membership Coordinator
Start Date: November 2, 2015
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Position Type: Full-time
Salary: $27,000-$32,000 per year
This position requires a proactive, detailed and customer service oriented self-starter with a strong sense of teamwork. Candidate must be capable of managing multiple tasks simultaneously and following through on issues in a timely manner. She/he must have the proven ability to demonstrate professionalism; establish and maintain effective professional relationships with staff, USABA members, key constituents and leaders in the field, coaches, volunteers, parents and teachers.
Major duties and responsibilities include:
• Develops and implements specific, targeted initiatives to maintain and increase membership;
• Establish, communicate and maintain relationships with our members to keep them interested and satisfied with USABA’s benefits and programs;
• Cultivate an outreach network by establishing good working relationships with the program director’s our key constituent groups including USABA Sports Clubs, agencies that serve the blind and visually impaired, National Governing Bodies, U.S. Paralympics, Paralympic Sports Clubs, Multi-Sport Organizations, teacher’s for the visually impaired, etc.;
• Assist staff in the planning and implementation of training camps, sporting events and special events;
• Ability to effectively speak at meetings, seminars and conferences;
• Maintain, manage and build existing and new USABA Sports Clubs with the goal of increasing membership through effective partnerships;
• Manage receipts, processing/data entry, fulfillment and acknowledgments for all membership and administrative functions;
• Be a self-motivated member of the fundraising team to assist in efforts to increase revenue to organization;
• Maintain regular information on website, social media and database;
• Prepare monthly program, membership and fiscal reports;
• Perform other duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree is preferred;
• At least one year of proven professional experience;
• Must work out of the National office in Colorado Springs, CO (we will not consider candidates who request to tele-commute);
• Demonstrated commitment to the use of sports as a method to enhance the lives of individuals who are blind and visually impaired;
• Displays good oral, written, and listening skills for individuals / groups;
• Demonstrated ability to develop detailed, executable complex programs, projects and activities;
• Inspires, motivates, and guides diverse individuals, groups and organizations toward the attainment of a common task or purpose;
• Proficient with Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel software programs;
• Reasonable travel and evening/weekend work involved;
• Ability to travel throughout the State of Colorado and nationwide to implement USABA programs.
USABA Mission: The mission of the United States Association of Blind Athletes is to increase the number and quality of grassroots-through-competitive, world-class athletic opportunities for Americans who are blind or visually impaired.
USABA Vision: We envision a world in which all individuals who are blind or visually impaired have the same opportunities to discover their athletic potential and pursue their athletic dreams
History: Since its founding in 1976, the USABA has reached more than 100,000 blind and visually impaired individuals. During that time, the organization has emerged as more than just a world-class trainer of blind athletes and has become a vocal champion of the abilities of America's legally blind residents.
The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity in any and all terms, conditions or privileges of employment including hiring, promotions, termination, training and compensation. USABA does not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of age, race, sex, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic condition or any other status protected by federal, state or local law, where applicable. Furthermore, USABA is committed to a work environment free of discrimination and harassment through respecting and valuing the diversity among employees and all those with whom USABA does business.
Sep 17, 2015
USABA Partners with WE Fit Wellness
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
United States Association of Blind Athletes Partners with WE Fit Wellness to Expand Reach and Program Offerings
Colorado Springs, Colorado (September 16, 2015) - The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is partnering with WE Fit Wellness to expand program and service offerings to increase community outreach. The partnership will promote a wide array of sport, recreation, and fitness options for people who are blind or visually impaired.
“Research shows that individuals who are blind are twice as likely to be obese as the general population and significantly more likely to lead sedentary lifestyles,” said WE Fit Wellness Executive Director, Jessica Beecham. “WE Fit Wellness is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with USABA to bring the kind of wellness tools, promotion of better health, and confidence building which will augment the already robust programs of USABA.”
USABA has a 39-year track record of excellence, creating and enhancing opportunities for blind and visually impaired women and men, who wish to participate in competitive athletics. The energetic, innovative approach of WE Fit Wellness, when combined with the many sport and recreation programs of USABA, will bring a continuum of exciting services to blind and visually impaired people of all ages and the agencies and educators that work with them.
“From providing accessible and relevant information about nutrition and local recreational opportunities to encouraging greater involvment in USABA athletics, WE Fit Wellness and USABA will broaden the spectrum of fitness and athletics for the blind, “said Mark Lucas, USABA Executive Director.
About United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA)
Since its founding in 1976, USABA, a community-based organization of the United States Olympic Committee, has reached more than 100,000 blind individuals. The organization has emerged as more than just a world-class trainer of blind athletes; it has become a champion of the abilities of Americans who are legally blind. USABA's mission: to enhance the lives of blind and visually impaired people by providing the opportunity for participation in sports and physical activity. For more information go to http://www.usaba.org
About WE Fit Wellness
WE Fit Wellness, a project of Worley Enterprises, was created from a need for accessible, affordable, and achievable health and wellness solutions for EVERYONE. The multifaceted approach to finding wellness solutions that fit include our multimedia health and wellness outreach initiative, health and wellness programming for people with disabilities and other underserved populations, and motivational workshops. Our wide array of services encourage healthy eating, more moving, and a holistic approach to better living.
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