Utah Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired
"Dedicated to helping the blind children of Utah 
make the most of their lives since 1988."
Utah Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Dedicated to helping the blind children of Utah 
make the most of their lives since 1988."




Utah Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired



Goalball Has Returned


Goalball practices in Salt Lake have been expanded. These practices are for visually impaired and blind students of all ages plus adults. Practices will be held at the Copperview Recreation Center, 8446 South Harrison Street (300 W), Midvale, UT 84047.

Dates: Saturdays from February 26th to April 30th.

Times
    1st -- 6th Grades: 1:00 to 2:00 PM
     7th -- 12th Grades: 2:00 to 4:00 PM
     Adults: 2:00 to 4:00 PM (Same as older students)

Northern Utah Practices: Contact Kari Fredrickson.
Utah County Practices: Contact Jalayne Engberg.

There is no cost for participation except that we ask each participant to have their own eye shades. We have many new and used eye shades for sale beginning at $5 each. They can be purchased when you come to practice.

State Tournament for children and youth: Friday May 6th

Goalball is a great sport for blind and visually impaired persons and is played throughout the world. There are many physical, social, and emotional benefits for players participating. We will be working with people of all skill levels so come try it even if you don't know what goalball is.


For additional information contact Rachel Jepson or Marty Langworthy.


Goalball video highlights from 2020 Tokyo Paralympics semi-finals USA vs. Brazil. Note Utah's Marybai Huking #9. (If link doesn't work copy and paste link.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lfckl8LU_8


Hosted by the Utah Foundation for the Blind

and Visually Impaired (UFB)

 

 



Goalball is the most popular team sport for the blind and visually impaired. It is fun, exciting, and competitive. Over the last 20 plus years the Utah Foundation for the Blind has had hundreds of players enjoy the many benefits of participating in goalball. Like basketball, soccer, and other sports for the sighted, goalball provides many benefits for blind and visually impaired participants physically, emotionally and socially. It helps improve physical fitness, motor skills, coordination, strength, self-confidence, social skills, peer interactions, character development, and much more. It also helps reduce stress, tension, and anxiety. Many students and parents have given feedback about how goalball has literally been a life changer and how it has helped their school performance and helped prepare them for college and careers.

 

UFB has some of the best coaches in the country who work with those who have never played before as well as very experienced and skilled players. All you have to do is show up at any of the practices and we will take care of the rest.


Our goalball season begins in January with practices throughout the state. This is followed by a one day, state-wide tournament for children and youth. Players look forward to this tournament all year. Following the state tournament the top youth players are selected for the Utah boys and girls teams. These players continue training in preparation to compete against teams from other states and represent Utah at the US National Youth Goalball Championships. We have a similar program for adult players. Over the last 20 years UFB’s teams have won nine national championship titles and many of our players have earned individual honors.

 

Don’t miss out! Come have a great time playing goalball.





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