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Skiing and Snowboarding Experiences for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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I love heading up to the mountains in the winter; it’s so peaceful and beautiful with everything covered in snow. I used to ski, but now I enjoy “skiing” from the lodge; you know, where I get to stay nice and warm and watch others racing down the slopes. I can certainly see why folks love to ski and snowboard… but what about the folks who love to ski and snowboard but can’t see?

The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) will be hosting evening skiing and snowboarding experiences for individuals who are blind or visually impaired at Mt. Hood Meadows. NWABA’s programs are designed to build confidence by stepping outside one’s comfort zone, to foster friendships with peers who understand what it is like to be visually impaired, and encourage independence through an active, healthy lifestyle.

NWABA’s skiing and snowboarding events will take place from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, and Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Anyone who is blind or visually impaired is encouraged to join in this opportunity to learn basic fundamentals and skills to participate in skiing and snowboarding.

“We are very excited to announce skiing and snowboarding for children, youth, and adults who are blind and visually impaired at Mount Hood. This event will support individuals with the tools and resources to participate in their favorite snow sports, and help them achieve their goals in all areas of life including at school and at home,” said Founder, President/CEO, Billy Henry

Only 12 spaces available per night. Equipment rental, lift pass, and transportation are included. Athletes are encouraged to provide their own food and snacks. A $10.00 donation is suggested for each winter sport experience but is not required for participation. To reserve your space, register online at NW Association for Blind Athletes or email [email protected]

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. A group of students who were visually impaired formed the association 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 nearly 1,700 children, youth, and adults 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.

Donations to support sports and physical activity for individuals who are blind or visually impaired are accepted by mailing a check to PO BOX 65265, Vancouver, WA, 98665 or making an online gift at NW Association for Blind Athletes.

For more information on Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry at 1-360-718-2826.

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