Matt Simpson

Matt Simpson won a silver medal at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016 as a member of the United States Goalball Team. Born with a congenital retina disease that caused him to have severely impaired vision at an early age, Simpson first started participating in goalball at a United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) Sports Education Camp in 1999. The Atlanta, Georgia native won a bronze medal in the 2014 world championships before representing the United States at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Simpson has been an active participant in the Paralympic Movement, serving on the Athletes’ Advisory Committee (AAC) for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee since 2016. He currently sits on the board of directors for USABA and the Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities. Prior to these positions, Simpson sat on the board for the Colorado Association of Educators and Rehabilitators of the Blind and Visually Impaired from 2014-2015 and was the Membership and Outreach Coordinator for USABA from 2012-2015.

Outside of Paralympic sport, Simpson spent time serving as a political and congressional intern in Washington D.C. and working for a corporate litigation firm as a project assistant. He has been a keynote speaker at numerous national conferences related to blindness, disability, and sport. Simpson earned his degree in political science from Washington & Lee University and is currently attending the University of Virginia School of Law.