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United States Association of Blind Athletes to Partner with Vermont Adaptive for Winter Festival

PRLog - Jan. 21, 2014 - KILLINGTON, Vt. -- The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA), in partnership with Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, will host the seventh annual Winter Ski Festival at Pico Mountain in Killington, from Feb. 7-10. The event is the largest annual gathering in the United States of skiers who are blind and visually impaired.

As many as 20 athletes with visual impairments will ski or race in both Alpine and Nordic skiing in the renowned Green Mountains of Vermont. Athletes will attend the event from throughout the country. Included in returning athletes this year are members of Third Eye Insight of Long Island, New York, which provides free physical fitness classes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Classes include instruction in the practice of Martial Arts/Self Defense, Yoga and Meditation.

The festival is open to athletes with visual impairments of all ages, abilities and ski levels. Vermont Adaptive, the largest year-round disabled sports non-profit organization in Vermont, will provide trained guides and equipment. Vermont Adaptive is committed to empowering individuals with disabilities.

“USABA is extremely pleased to partner with Vermont Adaptive to once again provide these exciting and challenging opportunities for skiers who are blind and visually impaired,” said USABA Executive Director Mark Lucas. “Everyone should have the opportunity to learn to ski, and Vermont Adaptive provides that through its expertise with trained guides, equipment and knowledge of Pico Mountain.”

Sponsors of the event include the Lions Club of Vermont, Carris Reels, Rutland Regional Medical Center, and the Killington/Pico Rotary Club.

For more information, visit www.usaba.org.

About the United States Association of Blind Athletes
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. For more information, please visit our Web site: www.usaba.org.

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports is the largest year-round disabled sports non-profit organization in Vermont offering the most diverse program opportunities and unique, specialized equipment. Vermont Adaptive promotes independence and furthers equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational opportunities including alpine skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports; kayaking, canoeing, sailing, cycling, hiking, rock climbing, tennis, horseback riding, and more. More than 400 volunteers serve clients of all abilities with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities from all over the world in three locations in Vermont - Pico Mountain at Killington; Sugarbush Resort in Warren; and Bolton Valley Resort in Bolton. Summer programs are provided state-wide. For more information, visitwww.vermontadaptive.org.

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