May 24, 2011

USABA National Marathon Championships

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is pleased to host the 3rd Annual USABA National Marathon Championships in partnership with the Sacramento Running Association, which will be held in conjunction with the California International Marathon (CIM), December 4, 2011. “The race organizers and The City of Sacramento continue to exceed all expectations and USABA athletes are looking forward to another outstanding race this year”, said Mark Lucas, USABA Executive Director.

The event is open to athletes who are blind or visually impaired including military service members and Veterans with eye injuries to compete in the marathon as individual runners or as a member of a four person relay team. A special thanks to Dr. Michael Schermer, a board certified ophthalmologist who lives and works in Sacramento for his continued support of this event and his belief that running is a great way to build a healthy lifestyle.

For more information about the CIM please visit or contact Rich Cardillo at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

May 20, 2011

Attention, Athletes Ages 12-19

Attention all Goalball Athletes, Judo Athletes, Powerlifters, Track/Field Athletes and Swimmers - Ages 12-19

Team USA

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) will host the 2011 International Blind Sports Federation (ISBA) World Youth and Student Championships in Colorado Springs, CO, July 13-18, 2011.

For consideration to compete in this prestigious event as a member of Team USA, you must:

  • Be a current USABA member.
  • Be a US citizen.
  • Be able to be classified under IBSA's rules (B1, B2, B3).
  • At least 12 years old on July 13, 2011, and not older than 19 years old on July 18, 2011.
  • Be actively competing in your sport:
    • Goalball players must be playing on a school or club team.
    • Track/field athletes, must be training/competing in track/field at school or in a track/running club.
    • Judo athletes must be training in a dojo and competing on a regular basis.
    • Powerlifters must be training and competing in USAPL sanctioned meets.
    • Swimmers must be training and competing in swimming at school or in a swim club.
    • We will be seeking International Paralympic Committee (IPC) sanctioning for track and field and swimming.  If you intend to compete in these sports and believe you may be in a position to establish records or rankings, you may also be required to obtain an IPC Athlete Sport License.
  • Send a letter of intent to USABA by September 1, 2010 which includes,  but is not limited to:
    • To your 2010 and earlier goalball, track/field, or swimming accomplishments including results from previous tournaments or meets.
    • The name of your goalball, track/field or swim club or team, dojo or powerlifting club.
    • A summary of your weekly training schedule and other athletic and personal achievements you'd like to share with us.
  • Complete all forms and follow the USABA Code of Conduct.

The coaching staffs for your respective sports will evaluate and select athletes from your letters of intent; tournament and meet results and your commitment to training and competing in your sport on a regular basis.  The USABA Sports Technical Committee will make the final athlete selections by March 15, 2011. USABA may provide partial funding support to athletes based on past accomplishment and training efforts and potential for future success.  All interested candidates must send letters of intent to:

John Potts
USABA Sports Director
1101 High Valley Ln.
Belleville, IL 62221
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

USABA will periodically update information on the World Youth Championships on our website: or for more information call (719) 630-0422

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 ( 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. 

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