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May 17, 2011

Sports Festival / Operation Mission Vision / Rocky Mountain State Games

The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) Sports Festival and Mission Vision program provides athletes; including Veterans and active duty Service members who are blind and visually impaired, from all over the United States a unique opportunity to participate in the Rocky Mountain State Games.  Athletes will train, learn, refine their skills and compete alongside their sighted peers in various sports clinics instructed by USABA national coaches.  With the opportunity to hone your athletic skills, you will be empowered to elevate your sport to a higher level and take your improved game back into your own local community-based programs.  Some important dates to remember:

 

Arrival of Trainers and Coaches July 26
Train the Trainer Session (Trainers and Coaches only) July 26 – 27
Arrival of Athletes July 27
Sports Festival / Operation Mission Vision July 27 - 29
Rocky Mountain State Games July 29 - 31
Depart (Trainers, Coaches and Athletes) August 1

The Rocky Mountain State Games is a multi-sport festival for athletes of all ages and athletic abilities.  Recognized by the national Congress of State Games, a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the 2011 Rocky Mountain State Games will be held in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Organized and managed by the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, the 2011 Rocky Mountain State Games will offer competition in 31+ sports.

Mark you calendars today and be on the watch for additional information on the USABA website (http://www.usaba.org) or contact Rich Cardillo at 719-630-0422 ext 15 or e-mail at   .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for program updates. 


Apr 15, 2011

Funding Requests for 2011 Sports Camps

The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is pleased to announce that we are accepting funding proposals for 2011 Sports Camp Projects. Grant amounts will range from $500 to $1,500.

5 Grants of $500 will be awarded to organizations that conduct Sports Camps/Clinics.  For consideration; applicants must submit a proposal which include the following:

  • Dates and location of 2011 camp
  • An outline of camp program, including tentative schedule, sports included, staffing structure, competitions, etc.
  • Measurable outcomes
  • Fees charged (if any) to camp participants
  • The anticipated number of participants, including age range
  • The names, mailing addresses, and email addresses of all participants and staff

6 Grants of $1,000-$1,500 will be awarded to USABA Sports Clubs (application is available upon request). For consideration, applicants must submit a proposal which includes the following:

  • Dates and location of 2011 Camp
  • An outline of camp program, including tentative schedule, sports included, staffing structure, number of participants, age range of participants, competitions, etc.
  • A proposed budget, including anticipated expenditures and revenue
  • Measurable outcomes from expected
  • Fees charged (if any) to camp participants

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS for grants of $1,000-$1,500
Upon receipt of funding, organization will receive a contract including, but not limited to the following:

  • All student athletes and major staff/coaches must be current USABA members
  • Site directors must submit after-action reports. A minimum of 10 participant photos and 2-3 success stories to USABA within 30 days of the camp completion of the camp.
  • All paid and volunteer camp staff must sign the USABA Abuse Prevention Policy statement of understanding
  • All camps requesting use of USABA’s liability insurance must adhere to USABA’s policy to conduct background checks on all staff and volunteers who have direct contact with participants. A complete copy of USABA’s Abuse Prevention Policy is available upon request

DEADLINE DATE:  All applications must be received by April 15, 2011.

NOTIFICATION:  Award recipients will be notified by April 25, 2011.

Submit your request to:

Mark Lucas, U.S. Association of Blind Athletes
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: (719) 630-0422
 


Apr 14, 2011

New Video Available to Provide Guide Runner Basics

(Colorado Springs, Colorado) - U.S. Paralympics, in conjunction with U.S. Association of Blind Athletes, is pleased to announce the release of the video resource Basics of Guide Running for Track & Field and Trail.

Basics of Guide Running for Track & Field and Trail is a user-friendly video for runners interested in becoming guides for visually-impaired athletes. The video's focus includes how to guide a visually-impaired athlete in the long and triple jumps, sprinting events and trail running. The instructors (Jerome Avery, Wesley Williams and Donald Cooper) are guide runners for U.S. Paralympic medalists, both current and retired, and provide concise and insightful tips for guide runners. Paralympic medalists featured in the video are Elexis Gillette and Josiah Jamison (silver and gold medalists, respectively, 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games) and Tim Willis (winner of five Paralympic medals).

“This is an opportunity to open doors for visually-impaired individuals who want to compete in track & field or just to become physically active,” said Cathy Sellers, Associate Director of Track & Field High Performance, U.S. Paralympics. Our objective is to eliminate the athlete's challenge of finding a guide and assist individuals interested in becoming guide runners.”

Mark Lucas, executive director of U.S. Association of Blind Athletes and partner in the video project says, “This DVD is a great tool to introduce athletes, coaches, running clubs and potential guide runners to the simple modifications used to include blind and visually-impaired athletes in the sport of track and field.”

To view the video on-line, click here.

Please feel free to share this link with others in your community.

To request a copy of Basics of Guide Running for Track & Field and Trail or to find out more information about where and how to compete for U.S. Paralympics, please email : .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit: http://usparalympics.org/pages/570

For more information about sports programs for visually impaired athletes, visit the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes website: http://www.usaba.org/


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