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Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Receives Grant from Murdock Trust for Idaho and Montana Program Expansion - 05/09/22

Vancouver, Washington—May 9, 2022—Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) recently received a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust of Vancouver, Washington, for the expansion of NWABA’s programs and services in Idaho and Montana. NWABA provides life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired, and believes that these individuals should have equitable access to programming regardless of where they live.

As part of the organization’s three-year strategic growth plan, this grant will support program and service expansion throughout these two states to meet the growing needs for their services. In order to achieve their goals, NWABA will expand its program delivery in Boise, and increase services to rural communities across Idaho and Montana. Additional expansion plans include the introduction of new sport and recreational opportunities, the addition of recurring events and building out an equipment warehouse. Two additional staff members—a Programs Manager and Program Specialist—will support the programmatic and organizational growth, providing a strong operational foundation to serve more individuals and families in need.

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington—that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. murdocktrust.org

About NWABA: 
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 more than 1,900 children, youth, adults and military veterans 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.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org  or
Contact: acoleman@nwaba.org 
Phone:  1-360-768-5647

 

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Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Celebrates 15 Years of Providing Life-Changing Opportunities - 05/04/22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Anne Coleman, Marketing & Communications Manager
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
703 Broadway St, Ste 600
Vancouver, Washington 98660 
Local Phone: 1-360-768-5647
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837
http://www.nwaba.org
acoleman@nwaba.org

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes Celebrates 15 Years of Providing Life-Changing Opportunities

Vancouver, Washington-May 4th, 2022-Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) is proud to announce it is celebrating the organization’s 15th year anniversary this month. Fifteen years ago, a group of visually impaired students who wanted to ensure that people who are blind and visually impaired had access to participate in sports and physical activity formed the organization. In its first year, NWABA served six athletes. Today, NWABA is a rapidly expanding charitable organization that delivers tailored programs and services to more than 2,000 blind or visually impaired children, youth, adults and military veterans, offering 15 unique sports in four states. NWABA’s programs and services are more than learning the rules of the game. They offer life-changing opportunities for individuals to improve self-confidence, promote independence, create an inclusive community of supporters, and build the skills necessary to succeed in all areas of life, including school and employment.

“Northwest Association for Blind Athletes is incredibly excited to celebrate our 15th year anniversary of providing life-changing opportunities to individuals who are blind or visually impaired. When I was 15, I founded the organization because I wanted to participate in powerlifting with my friends. We wanted an opportunity to compete, to be a part of a team, and to show others what was possible. Today, NWABA provides opportunities for individuals of all ages and abilities with visual impairments to reach their greatest potential in all areas of life. With our supporters, volunteers, athletes and their families by our side, the future is bright and I look forward to making the next 15 years our best yet. Together, we are truly making a difference.” said Billy Henry, Founder, President & CEO, Northwest Association for Blind Athletes.

Within the last several years, NWABA has expanded its programs and services throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, and is heading into its busiest time of year. Year-round sports events and Camp Spark maintain full schedules, providing activities such as tandem biking, swimming, hiking, kayaking, snow shoeing, skiing, and a variety of other sports. In its 15th year, NWABA will be serving more individuals than ever before.

For more information on the Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please call 1-360-448-7254 or visit www.nwaba.org.

For information: http://www.nwaba.org  or
Contact: acoleman@nwaba.org 
Phone:  1-360-768-5647

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