Nov 09, 2017

USABA Competitive and Recreational Community Sports Integration Project for Veterans

A key component of military service, regardless of the era, is challenging one’s physical abilities. Remember all of those long ruck marches, unit fun runs, and PT tests? Yes, like many of you I try not to as well, but one cannot argue against the amount of research and information about the benefits of exercise to combat adverse health and mental health conditions. More importantly, organizations like USABA, Team Red, White, and Blue, Achilles, and your local sporting groups built tremendous communities with a vested interest in the well-being of those who elect to participate.

USABA just rolled out a new program aiming to encourage visually impaired Veterans’ participation in local adaptive sporting and athletic events. The Community Sports Integration Project funds visually impaired Veterans registration and travel, so that they have the opportunity to participate in competitive and recreational sports in their local and regional community. Through a VA adaptive sporting grant, USABA will provide Veterans reimbursements for entry fees for the following events:
• 5k to marathons
• Cycling events
• Triathlons, (Sprint and Olympic distance only)
• Powerlifting meets
• Rowing regattas
• Challenge events like Tuff Mudders and Warrior Dashes
• Swim meets
• Other competitions and tournaments for golfing, bowling, sailing, and other sporting and athletic events.

* Please note, multi-day events, camps, and ‘tours’ will not be considered. Likewise, events utilizing funds from the VA Adaptive Sports Grant will not be covered due to VA policies. Veterans will be provided t-shirts and other apparel to wear while competing when sport applicable. 

Any visually impaired Veteran may apply, regardless of your age, whether you are recreationally participating or fighting to win, or location. Funding is available on a first come, first serve basis for any event starting November 10th, 2017 until September 30th, 2018. If this interests you, here are the project’s guidelines:
1. Contact the project coordinator with information about the event you wish to participate. The coordinator will provide initial approval, along with a packet containing USABA apparel to wear during the event.
2. Participate in the event wearing the USABA apparel and share a photo of you on social media with the tags, USABA and VA Adaptive Sports. If you do not have any social media accounts, send the project coordinator a photo of you so they might perform this step.
3.  Submit your official result to the project coordinator. This can be submitted as a link to race results or a printed result.
4. Mileage stipends will be considered for events more than 50 miles away one way. Stipends will be capped at $75. Please seek approval before regional events from the project coordinator.
5. Reimbursements must be submitted to the project coordinator by the 10th of each month to receive
 the same month. Reimbursements may cover the registration costs for both the Veteran and their sighted guide (if the activity requires one) and travel up to $75 (waivers are available).
A current USABA membership is required to participate in the program.  Click here for the membership sign up page.  

If you have questions, please contact the project coordinator before your event. The project coordinators are:

Timothy Hornik
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
(785) 330-3503

Kevin Brousard
Membership & Outreach Coordinator, USABA
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(719) 866-3019

Oct 09, 2017

USABA Seeks Applicants for January 2018 Residential Goalball Training Program Cycle

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA), in conjunction with Turnstone, operates a long-term residential goalball training program for men and women in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  This comprehensive program provides selected athletes the opportunity to enhance playing skills in an environment geared to individual needs and with the objective of developing them for future world championship or Paralympic team participation.  Training will be conducted in 10-week cycles that generally include 5 days of court time per week and a rigorous in-and-out of season individual strength and conditioning program. 

USABA is now accepting applications for the training cycle to begin in early January 2018.  Applicants must already be competing and training as a goalball athlete.  For additional details of the program and application instructions, please refer to the attached document.  The application deadline is November 17.2017. Because of the competitive nature of the program, late applications will not be accepted.

Additional Information and Application Procedures

Oct 02, 2017

Utah Rage boys and girls sweep Cascade Classic Youth Tournament

By: Ken Armbruster

The youth Goalball season kicked off this weekend at the Washington School for the Blind, with teams from Utah,  Colorado, Washington and Oregon competing.  Both the Utah boys and girls went undefeated through the tournament.  Members of the boy's team coached by Josh Wellborn and Tony Jepson, were Robby Calandrelli, Shane Huking, and Zach Ledford.  Their final match was strongly contested against the Oregon team.  The girl’s strong defense shut out the Washington School for the Blind in the championship game.  Team members were Elizabeth Chantry, Adia Estes, Megan Jenson and Mykol Clark. The girls were coached by Rachel Jepson and Marybai Huking.  Tournament Director, Jen Armbruster stated this was a great opening event in the Cascade Classic series which will be followed by the Regional tournament February 9-11 and the College/D2 tournament in the spring. 

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