NW Association For Blind Athletes

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The KMR Group Foundation is pleased to assist The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) with a three-year grant to extend its range of services and bring on a full-time program director.

The NWABA enhances the lives of the blind and visually impaired by introducing them to the joy of sports. By hosting events throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, NWABA demonstrates ways to adapt sports for those with compromised vision. NWABA athletes develop confidence, feel less isolated, become more involved in their communities and experience the many other benefits of physical activity.

People who are blind or visually impaired are often left out of sports. Of the nearly 56,000 blind and visually impaired children and youth in the United States, 70 percent do not participate in even a limited physical education program. While their friends play sports like football, baseball, and soccer, these children are isolated on the sidelines. With no expectations or opportunities in the physical arena, the visually impaired are often left with significant deficits in fitness, strength, motor skills, socialization and self-esteem.

By making sports accessible to the blind and visually impaired, NWABA allows its participants to experience a full range of benefits: fitness, confidence, social opportunity, the experience of being on a team and the sheer exhilaration of physical activity.