Nov 22, 2016

Fill The Houses this Giving Tuesday!

We need YOU to help us #FilltheHouses this #GivingTuesday!

With construction nearly finished on the two homes for our U.S. Goalball Resident Program in Fort Wayne, we need your help filling the homes with furniture, appliances and furnishings.

Last October, six goalball athletes and one coach moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana in pursuit of a common dream – to be the best goalball players in the world. Less than one year later, four of the seven helped the U.S. Men’s Goalball Team win silver at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games!

Resident athletes will return to Fort Wayne to train at the Plassman Athletic Center at Turnstone full-time in January 2017. Help us make sure our resident athletes are welcomed back with everything they need so they can focus on training. Your Giving Tuesday tax-deductible donation will help provide couches, beds, linens, silverware, dishes, appliances and furnishings to make resident goalball athletes feel at home. Can't wait for Tuesday, November 29th? Donate today!

Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a global movement that celebrates generosity and giving back. Will you join us? Giving Tuesday empowers you to have a personal impact on communities across the nation by changing lives through sport and recreation programs for Americans who are blind and visually impaired.

The Resident Program was established to provide an opportunity for young athletes to pursue a dream of playing elite goalball as well as opportunities to attend college or seek meaningful employment.


Don't want to wait until #GivingTuesday? Donate now to help #FillTheHouses!

Nov 16, 2016

Hanson McClain Co-Founder Guides Triathlete Erich Manser in Marathon Nationals

The following release was sent out by Hanson McClain Advisors, sponsor of the 2016 USABA Marathon National Championships. Read the original post here.

Barron's* Top 100 Advisor Leads Blind Runner in the California International Marathon
Scott Hanson co-founder of Hanson McClain will guide runner Erich Manser

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott Hanson, co-founder of Hanson McClain Advisors, is proud to support the visually impaired and blind runners taking part in the 2016 California International Marathon on December 4, 2016.

The California International Marathon (CIM) serves as the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) National Marathon Championships. Each athlete has a compelling and unique story, and help to inspire, educate and change the public's perception of vision loss.

Hanson will be guiding Erich Manser, a visually impaired runner who has completed 15 marathons. The partnership was arranged by Richard Hunter, a USABA volunteer coordinator.

"There's a huge value in having sighted guides," says Manser. "And one of them is to have someone help you keep pace."

Manser has Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative disease that will eventually lead to complete blindness, but he doesn't let that stop him. The 2016 CIM will be Manser's 4th time running the race and Hanson's second time as a visually impaired running guide.

"I enjoy making a difference so why not use running to encourage others?" says Hanson. "It's very rewarding meeting someone and then helping them to physically accomplish a goal."

Since the CIM adopted the Visually Impaired Division in 2007, participation of visually impaired and blind runners has grown from 2 to nearly 50 participants. Runners include blinded veterans, Paralympic athletes, world champions, and many novice runners just beginning their athletic careers.

"We appreciate the time and effort the USABA puts into ensuring that every visually impaired and blind athlete has an outstanding experience," says Hanson.

In addition to Hanson guiding a visually impaired runner, his company, Hanson McClain Advisors, is sponsoring the USABA Marathon National Championships.

"Our hope is to encourage the participation of more visually impaired runners as well as to encourage people to volunteer as guides," says Hanson. "The race helps to inspire others to set ambitious goals and to get beyond perceived limitations, which is certainly something we want to be a part of."

Hanson McClain Advisors is an independent investment financial advisory firm that specializes in retirement planning, investment advising, and 401(k) management. To learn more about Hanson McClain, visit:

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides life-enriching sports opportunities for individuals with visual impairments. A member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, USABA provides athletic opportunities in numerous sports. Sports opportunities allow people who are blind and visually impaired to develop independence through competition, without restrictions. USABA programs serve athletes of all ages and abilities from the local grassroots level to the elite Paralympic level.

*Barron's: Top 100 Independent Wealth Advisors. Rankings reflect the volume of assets overseen by the advisors and their teams, revenues generated for the firms and the quality of the advisors' practices. Barron's© magazine is a trademark of Dow Jones L.P.


SOURCE Hanson McClain Advisors

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Nov 08, 2016

2016 Youth Goalball Nationals Results

This weekend, the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (St. Augustine, FL) hosted USABA’s 25th Annual Youth Goalball Nationals. Fifteen teams from across the nation competed for national titles. The games were livestreamed and can be found at

Florida Cobras, Texas Wildcats and Utah Rage topped the girl’s category, respectively. Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s Wildcats also won the Team Sportsmanship Award.

Six girls were named All-Americans, a distinction made by tournament organizers and coaches for exceptional play. Vanessa Coleman (Florida), Demetria Ober (Texas), Aaliyah Ferguson (Florida), Elisabeth Chantry (Utah), Ta’lia Woodward (Texas), and Nikitta Duckworth (Georgia) were all named All-Americans on Saturday. Vanessa was also named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Virginia Chiefs, Texas Wildcats and Florida Cobras topped the boy’s category, respectively. Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind’s Chiefs won the Team Sportsmanship Award in addition to their gold medal and national title.

Six boys were named All-Americans: Sean Walker (Virginia), Davieon Perez (Texas), Tyrone Brotherton (Virginia), Jordan Main (Texas), Jacob Sorenson (Utah) and Emmitt Johnson (Florida). Sean Walker was also named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Final Standings are as follows:
Gold - Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind's Florida Cobras
Silver - Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired's Texas Wildcats
Bronze - Utah Rage
4th place - Georgia Academy for the Blind's Georgia Panthers
5th place - Washington State School for the Blind's Washington Lionesses
6th place - New York Institute for Special Education's New York Stars
7th place - Alabama School for the Blind's Alabama Redskins

Gold – Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind’s Virginia Chiefs
Silver - Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired's Texas Wildcats
Bronze - Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind's Florida Cobras
4th place – Utah Havoc
5th place – Lakeshore Foundation
6th place – South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind’s South Carolina Hornets
7th place - Alabama School for the Blind's Alabama Redskins
8th place - Georgia Academy for the Blind's Georgia Panthers

For game scores, visit

The 2017 Youth Goalball National Championships will take place at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Austin, Texas.

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