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Fri. 01/12/18
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Back to Back Camps for Children with Visual Impairments
Northwest Assn. for Blind Athletes - 01/12/18 8:22 AM
Billy Henry, Founder/Executive Director
Northwest Association for Blind Athletes
311 West Evergreen Blvd, Ste. 200
Vancouver, Washington 98660
Local Phone: 1-360-718-2826
Toll Free: 1-800-880-9837

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes to Host Back to Back Camps for Children with Visual Impairments

Vancouver, Washington--January 10th, 2018--Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) announced today that it will be hosting two Camp Abilities camps this year. Camp Abilities is a camp model derived from a program based out of New York that offers a one-week comprehensive, developmental sports camp for children and youth with visual impairments. The camp provides 1:2 instructional situations for each child. These children will vary in socioeconomic status, ethnic background and level of skills and abilities. This will be the third annual Camp Abilities Oregon that NWABA has offered for children with visual impairments across the state, but it will be the first time NWABA hosts Camp Abilities Washington.

Camp Abilities Oregon will be held at the Linfield College campus in McMinnville, OR from July 22 to July 27, 2018. This camp will accept 40 youth ages 8-15. Camp Abilities Washington will be hosted at University of Puget Sound's campus from July 29 to August 3, 2018. This camp is accepting 40 youth ages 9-14. Registration for both camps opens on January 16, 2018 at 8 am. Please visit www.nwaba.org to fill out electronic registration forms. Campers will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Additionally, NWABA is also accepting applications for Camp counselors for both camps, which can be found online as well.

The program's purpose is to empower children who are blind or visually impaired, break the cycle of dependence and ill health that is unnecessarily associated with their disability, and build their self-belief that they can take control of their own quality of life and use their many talents to actively contribute in their communities. Campers will participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities including goalball (a sport specifically developed for individuals with visual impairments), judo, tandem cycling, kayaking, track & field, and numerous others.

"Our Board of Directors is extremely excited to offer these truly transformational programs to children and youth with visual impairments. Camp Abilities will reach far beyond participating in sports and act as a catalyst to help campers gain the confidence, self-esteem, friendships and independence they need to achieve success in all areas of life." said Founder & Executive Director Billy Henry.

Camp Abilities Oregon is partially funded by the Oregon Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund, and Camp Abilities Washington is partially funded by Washington State Department of Services for the Blind. However, additional support is critically needed to deliver a successful camp. Donations to support Camp Abilities are accepted by mailing a check to PO BOX 65265, Vancouver, WA, 98665 or making an online gift at www.nwaba.org. Please indicate that your donation is to support Camp Abilities. For more information on Northwest Association for Blind Athletes, please contact Billy Henry at 1-360-718-2826, or visit www.nwaba.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 1,500 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: bhenry@nwaba.org
Phone: 1-360-718-2826

Thu. 01/11/18
BLM waives most day use fees in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Photo)
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 01/11/18 8:48 AM
Fishing at the Big Pines Recreation Site on the Yakima River
Fishing at the Big Pines Recreation Site on the Yakima River
WASHINGTON -- In order to increase recreational access to public land, the Bureau of Land Management will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to public lands on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 15, 2018.

"On Monday, to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the BLM invites families to spend the day together enjoying America's rich public lands heritage," said Brian Steed, BLM Deputy Director. "Most of these lands are just a short drive from your community. Our fee-free days are a way to encourage our neighbors to enjoy a family outing while reflecting on the American values that have made America great."

Site-specific standard amenity and individual day-use fees at BLM-managed recreation sites and areas will be waived for the day. Other fees, such as overnight camping, cabin rentals, group day use and use of special areas, will remain in effect.

BLM-managed public lands offer more recreational opportunities than any other federal agency, including camping, hunting, fishing and horseback riding, to boating, whitewater rafting, off-highway vehicle driving and many more activities. About 67 million visits are made annually to BLM-managed lands and waters, supporting more than 48,000 jobs nationwide and contributing almost $7 billion to the country's economy.

The BLM will waive recreation-related fees for visitors to public lands on four additional occasions this year-- Presidents Day (February 19), National Get Outdoors Day (June 9), National Public Lands Day (September 22) and Veterans Day (November 11).

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The agency's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America's public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Diverse activities authorized on these lands generated $75 billion in sales of goods and services throughout the American economy in fiscal year 2016 - more than any other agency in the Department of the Interior. These activities supported more than 372,000 jobs.

Attached Media Files: Press Release , Fishing at the Big Pines Recreation Site on the Yakima River