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Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Camp Abilities Oregon for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments - 01/05/17

Contact:
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Ste. 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-718-2826
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
bhenry@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Camp Abilities Oregon for Children and Youth with Visual Impairments

Vancouver, Washington--January 5th, 2017--Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting Camp Abilities Oregon for children and youth with visual impairments July 23-29, 2017 at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Camp Abilities Oregon is a one-week comprehensive, developmental sports camp for children and youth between the age of 8 to 15 with visual impairments. The camp provides a 1:2 instructional situations for each child. These children will vary in socioeconomic status, ethnic background and level of skills and abilities.

Registration opens on January 9th at 8 am. There will be 40 spots available for Oregon residents and 15 spots available for Washington residents. Please visit www.nwaba.org to fill out electronic registration forms as well as access printable registration forms that can be mailed to the NWABA office. Campers will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.

The program's purpose is to empower children who are blind or visually impaired, break the cycle of dependence and ill health that is unnecessarily associated with their disability, and build their self-belief that they can take control of their own quality of life and use their many talents to actively contribute in their communities. Campers will participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities including goalball (a sport specifically developed for individuals with visual impairments), judo, tandem cycling, kayaking, track & field, and numerous others.

"Our Board of Directors is extremely excited to offer this once-in-a-lifetime transformational program to children and youth with visual impairments. Camp Abilities will reach far beyond participating in sports and help campers gain the confidence, self-esteem, friendships and independence they need to be successful in all areas of their life" said Founder & Executive Director Billy Henry.

Camp Abilities Oregon is partially funded by the Oregon Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund and Washington State Department of Services for the Blind, but additional support is critically needed to deliver a successful camp. Donations are accepted to support Camp Abilities Oregon by mailing a check to PO BOX 65265, Vancouver, WA, 98665 or making an online gift at www.nwaba.org. Please indicate that your donation is to support Camp Abilities Oregon 2017. For more information on Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry at 1-360-718-2826, or visit www.nwaba.org

About NWABA:
The mission of Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is to provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired. The Association was formed by a group of visually impaired students in 2007 to ensure that people who are blind were participating in sports and physical activity. Today, NWABA is a rapidly expanding 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides more than 1,300 children, youth, adults and military veterans with visual impairments tailored programming which improves self-confidence and self-esteem, promotes independence, creates an inclusive community of supporters, and builds the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of life including school and employment.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org or
Contact: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-718-2826
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