Mar 07, 2012

Jim Mastro Candidate for US Olympic Hall of Fame

Voting is now open! Jim Mastro, multi-sport Paralympic athlete and medalists is up for induction into the 2012 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, but he needs your votes to win! Click here to vote now.   If you require assistance registering with the website, please call the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Hotline at (719) 866-2312. 

It is hard to know where to start with Jim’s accomplishments because there are so many. He is the first Paralympic athlete to medal in four different sports: track & field, judo, wresting and goalball. He has competed as a multi-sport athlete on seven Paralympic Teams between 1976 and 1994 as well as competed in many Pan American Games and World Championships. Jim was the first, ever, blind athlete to be selected as an alternate for a U.S. Olympic Team (Greco-Roman Wrestling, 1976). Throughout his athletic career Jim earned 10 Paralympic medals and 17 International medals. Still need proof that Jim is the ultimate athlete? Well, an ESPN article states, “Once, to raise money for his family to travel and watch him at the Paralympics, he lifted a 45-pound weightlifting bar 1,300 times in 15 minutes. Before another Paralympics, he knocked off 3,076 pushups in an hour.” Jim is the definition of a Paralympian. Allstate is looking to honor and induct “role models and heroes” into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and Jim Mastro is just that. He has shown that with dedication and determination he can overcome even the toughest challenges.

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame presented by Allstate has five Paralympic athlete nominees, but only one will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this July in Chicago. Jim Mastro is a member of the USABA Hall of Fame, National Wrestling Hall of Fame, but he needs your votes to be inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

Go to to cast your vote for Jim Mastro once each day, now through April 9, 2012.  If you require assistance registering with the website, please call the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Hotline at (719) 866-2312. 

Mar 07, 2012

Vancouver, Washington Selected as 2013 USABA Goalball National Championshp Tournament Site

March 6, 2012
Contact:  John Potts, USABA
(719) 534-3805, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


(Colorado Springs, Colorado)  The United States Association of Blind Athletes is excited to announce the Northwest Association for Blind  Athletes (NWABA) and Vancouver, Washington are selected to host the 2013 USABA Goalball National Championship Tournament, June 20-23.

“Over the past couple of years, NWABA and other organizations have worked hard to make the Pacific Northwest our hotbed for growth in goalball,” says USABA’s Goalball Coordinator, John Potts.  “We’ve seen new several goalball teams from California, Washington and Oregon compete in our national goalball program and we’re aware of several additional teams being formed that we hope we’ll soon see in tournaments. The fact they were selected as the 2013 USABA Goalball National Championship Tournament site is a testimony to the hard work that has led to the success of goalball in this region.”

The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) provides life-changing sports and fitness programs for individuals of all ages and ability levels who are blind and visually impaired. They provide programming throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

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

Additional information on the June, 2013 tournament will be posted to the USABA website ( and provided to USABA members via email. 

Feb 23, 2012

NIB Now Accepting Applications for Leadership Development

The Fellowship for Leadership Development, sponsored by NIB, is a salaried program that combines business-focused, on-the-job experience with professional development activities. Legally blind individuals who have an undergraduate degree, work experience and passion for business are invited to apply.  

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