U.S. Association of Blind Athletes hosting ski festival March 13-14

March 09, 2010, 7:10 p.m. (ET)

Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Sponsored by Anthem Life, and in partnership with Disabled Sports USA, The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is pleased to announce a Learn to Ski/Learn to Race Alpine Ski Festival to be held in Breckenridge, CO. Friday, March 12 through Sunday, March 14. Fifteen athletes who are blind or visual impaired of all ages and abilities will be given the opportunity to learn to ski and learn to race using the trained guides by Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center.

 "With the generous support from Anthem Life, The United States Association of Blind Athletes is pleased to partner with the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center to provide a meaningful opportunity for skiers who are blind and visually impaired including military service members and veterans with eye injuries," said Mark Lucas, USABA's executive director. 

"When someone becomes disabled, many things in their life change. However, that should not stop a person from living a full and active life that includes sports and other activities," said Steve Martenet, president and general manager of Anthem's Specialty Business. "This is a great event because it helps those with disabilities learn new skills and maintain an active lifestyle. We are proud to be a sponsor this year, and we look forward to partnering with USABA again in the future." 

Trained guides and instructors are provided by the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC), a Colorado non-profit organization committed to expanding the potential of people with disabilities and special needs through meaningful, educational and inspiring outdoor experiences.

"Disabled Sports USA, in partnership with U.S. Paralympics, is thrilled to be supporting the USABA Ski Festival.  This event plays an important role for athletes with visual impairments, particularly Wounded Warriors, to excel in winter Alpine sports." said Kirk Bauer, JD, Executive Director of Disabled Sports USA "In 2010, SkiTour is sponsoring more than 90 adaptive winter events.

For more information on this event contact Ryan Ortiz, USABA Assistant Executive Director at (719) 660-8410 or for more information on USABA go to: www.usaba.org.