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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Dec 16, 2011

Georgia Firebolts and VIP Sports Claim 2011 USABA National High School Goalball Championship Titles

- James Crozier, Tournament Director

Twenty-Four teams from all corners of the United States recently converged at the campus of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (St. Augustine, FL), to compete for 2011 USABA  National High School Goalball Championship titles.   The tournament proved to be action-packed, with an entire tournament roster filled with  high-level, highly competitive teams.  With many close games and games going into overtime during quarter-final, semi-final, and final tournament rounds, the competition was exciting for the fans, and the athletes involved had experiences they will never forget.

On the girl's side, the defending 2010 national champion Georgia Firebolts proved to be the class of the field, cruising through the entire tournament to reclaim the national championship crown for a second consecutive year.  Led by girls’ tournament MVP, Amanda Dennis, the Georgia Firebolts frustrated teams with their outstanding defense, allowing only 3 goals during the entire tournament.   

On the boy’s side, the path to the gold medal was a much closer affair.  With close games during quarter-final and semi-final rounds, the gold medal game between VIP Sports and Pennsylvania would not be decided during regulation play, but, instead had to go to sudden-death overtime.  On the second throw of the overtime period, VIP Sports right-winger, and boys’ side tournament MVP, Dustin Vargo, put a shot in the left corner of the goal to score the game winner and capture the gold medal and 2011 National Championship.

VIP - 2011 Boy's ChampionsGeorgia Firebolts - 2011 Girl's Champions







In addition to gold, silver, and bronze medals being awarded, first and second place teams also received trophies.  In addition to medal awards, the tournament also named an All-Tournament Team, Tournament MVPs, and team sportsmanship awards.  Below are the tournament results:


1st Place –VIP Sports
2nd Place – Pennsylvania Wolfpack
3rd Place - Arizona

1st Place – Georgia Firebolts
2nd Place – Utah Rage
3rd Place – California (Junior Blind)

All-Tournament Team:

Dustin Vargo – MVP (VIP)
Callahan Young (VIP)
Preston Radke (Pennsylvania)
Nathan Purcell (Washington)
Jahron  Black (Pennsylvania)
Jernigan Nezisosie (Arizona)

Amanda Dennis – MVP (Georgia) 
Marybai Huking (Utah)   
Kassandra Hernandez (Georgia)  
Paula Ward (Utah)   
Kayla Collins (Florida)   
Alexia Streudle (California)

Sportsmanship Award:


South Carolina  

Nov 21, 2011

Athletes to Compete in 2011 California International Marathon

Military Service Members and Veterans Included in Competition

November 23, 2011

(Colorado Springs, Colorado)- In partnership with the Sacramento Running Association, the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is pleased to host the 3rd Annual USABA National Marathon Championship which will be held in conjunction with the California International Marathon (CIM) on December 4, 2011.  Joining the field of 18 visually impaired competitors this year are Aaron Scheidies (Seattle, WA) and Amy McDonaugh (Irmo, SC).  Aaron is a professional triathlete and is considered the fastest physically challenged triathlete in the world.  Amy is the fastest visually impaired American woman running competitively at the marathon distance and is expected to lead this year’s field of visually impaired athletes.

"The California Marathon is an outstanding opportunity for athletes who are blind and visually impaired to showcase their abilities," said Mark Lucas, USABA Executive Director.

USABA has also entered 4 relay teams into the event including two teams consisting of five Veterans with eye injuries: Lawrence Hooper (Houston, TX), Chess Johnson (Port Orchard, WA) Stephanie Timmer (Naperville, IL), Tom Monroe (Pueblo, CO) and Richard Hunter (Folsom, CA).  “USABA is honored to provide our Veterans the opportunity to experience how sport can lead to a more active lifestyle despite their vision loss,” said USABA Military Sports Program Coordinator, Rich Cardillo.

USABA would also like to thank Dr. Michael Shermer for his continued support of this event and runners who are blind and visually impaired.  This year's national championships is sponsored in part by Dr. Michael Schermer, VSP and the California Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons. 

Contact; Rich Cardillo; Military Sports Program Coordinator
Office: 719-866-3221; Cell: 719-650-2234; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


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