Blind youth from Los Angeles experience inspiration of U.S. Olympic Training Center

Feb. 11, 2010, 4:37 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO. February 12-15, 2010 - The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA)  is pleased to host a Paralympic Sports Education Camp for blind or visually impaired teenagers from the Los Angeles-based nonprofit, Junior Blind of America.  Committed to helping children and adults who are blind or visually impaired achieve independence, Junior Blind will send ten students to participate in various Paralympic sports, including Judo, Track and Field, Powerlifting, and Goalball (a team sport specifically designed for athletes who are blind and visually impaired).

"Junior Blind is very excited to give our teens the chance to meet and train with Paralympic athletes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center through our partnership with USABA.  It is an amazing and inspiring opportunity for teens who are blind or visually impaired to learn from the success of Paralympic athletes who have overcome significant obstacles to achieve their hopes and dreams," says Miki Jordan, President of Junior Blind. 

All clinics will be lead by Paralympic athletes and coaches, to include Scott Moore (Denver, CO), the first athlete ever to win a gold medal in judo for the United States, three-time Paralympic distance runner Tim Willis (Colorado Springs, CO) winner of five medals and Robin Theryoung, (Colorado Springs, CO) member of Women's National Goalball Team who won Gold in the Beijing Paralympic Games . 

Highlights of the weekend include:

Saturday, Feb. 13

9:00-10:45 a.m.                       Strength and Conditioning Session by USABA Powerlifting Coach: 
                                                Mark Sampson at USOTC

1:15-3:15 p.m.                       Goalball clinic by US Paralympics Women's Coach Ken Armbruster 
                                               and Paralympic Athlete Robin Theryoung at the Colorado
                                               School for the Deaf & Blind                                                      

Sunday, February 14

9:00 a.m  .                               Paralympic Track Athlete presentation by Tim Willis at

9:30.-11:30 a.m.                      Track and Field Clinic at Colorado College

                                                USABA Field Coach Mark Sampson and Tim Willis

1:15- 3:30 p.m.                       Judo by Paralympic Athlete Scott Moore at USOTC


For more information contact:  Mark Lucas at 719 352-9134 (cell)