28 March 2019
FORT WAYNE, IN (March 28, 2019) – Turnstone and the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) are proud to be hosting the 2019 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) Goalball and Judo International Qualifier this summer from June 28th – July 10th in Fort Wayne, IN. This event is one of the final opportunities for elite athletes to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in the sports of goalball and blind judo. Volunteer registration is now open for those who would like to be part of the historic competition.
This summer’s event will be the first time it has been hosted within the United States and is expected to be the largest international event in Fort Wayne’s history. The size of this event requires over 600 volunteers in order for the 11-day event to run successfully.
A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available including: guidance/operational support, event planning, registration, security, team liaison, line judging, medical, technology, chaperoning, ceremonies, setup, meals, marketing, and much more! Volunteer opportunities are scheduled in 2, 4, or 8 hours shifts and can cover one or multiple days.
The event is also perfect for groups or organizations to participate through volunteer opportunities. Group volunteer scheduling is customizable and interested parties should contact Beth Moody to coordinate appropriate shifts.
Fort Wayne’s role as host city for the 2019 IBSA Goalball and Judo International Qualifier is a testament to the reputation the community has garnered for accessibility and hospitality. With approximately 500 athletes and 100 coaches from 40 different countries traveling to compete here in Fort Wayne, IN, Hoosier hospitality will play a large role in the experience participants walk away with. This event is an opportunity for the community to leave a positive impression on an international community.
Anyone interested in joining the excitement of this historical event as a volunteer should visit www.ibsafortwayne2019.com for more event information and to sign up for their preferred shifts. Interested volunteers may also contact Beth Moody at 260-483-2100 ext. 245.
ABOUT TURNSTONE: Turnstone’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve their highest potential by providing one of the most comprehensive offerings of services and programs to people with disabilities and their families under one roof in the United States. Thanks to generous support and compassionate staff, Turnstone’s legacy of advocacy and innovation continues to contribute to a world that accepts and values people based on their abilities. This legacy now includes the privilege of functioning as the home training facility for the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Goalball Teams and the goalball resident program through a partnership with the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA). www.turnstone.org | Twitter: @TurnstoneCenter | Facebook: Turnstone Center of Children and Adults with Disabilities | Instagram: @TurnstoneCenter
ABOUT UNITED STATES ASSOCIATION OF BLIND ATHLETES (USABA)
Since its founding in 1976, USABA, a community-based organization of the United States Olympic Committee, has reached more than 100,000 blind individuals. The organization has emerged as more than just a world-class trainer of blind athletes, it has become a champion of the abilities of Americans who are legally blind. In addition to providing grassroot and development opportunities in multiple sports, USABA serves as the high performance management organization for the Paralympic sport of goalball in the U.S. Through a partnership with Turnstone Center, USABA established the first-ever long-term goalball resident program in the country where members of U.S. Men’s and Women’s Goalball National Teams train full-time. USABA’s mission: to empower Americans who are blind and visually impaired to experience life-changing opportunities in sports, recreation and physical activity, thereby educating and inspiring the nation. www.usaba.org | Twitter: @USABA | Facebook: United States Association of Blind Athletes
The competition schedules for goalball have been announced for the upcoming 2019 International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA) International Qualifier to be held July 2-9 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
A wide variety of volunteer opportunities are available including: guidance/operational support, event planning, registration, security, team liaison, line judging, medical, technology, chaperoning, ceremonies, setup, meals, marketing, and much more!
32 Goalball teams from around the world have been invited by IBSA to compete at the 2019 IBSA Goalball & Judo International Qualifier.