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Paralympic Youth Goalball

Mecklenburg County, NC
Program Year: 2019

The Paralympic Youth Goalball program was created to give kids with visual impairments the opportunity to participate in a sport on a team while increasing their gross motor skills, physical fitness, and social skills. Goalball is played with a ball that has bells inside and allows players to use their senses. Players can listen for the bells and touch the string covered with tape to help them know where they are. Each team has 3 players on the court at a time and the object of the game is to throw a ball past the opposition’s defense and into their net. The program was developed to fill a gap in sport programming for kids ages 6-12 who are blind or have a visual impairment. The program was marketed through a visually impaired program in our local school system, an afterschool program for children with visual impairments, and word of mouth by local parents.

Stacey L Thomas
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist