The first ever collegiate goalball tournament in the United States is scheduled to take place this weekend Washington State School for the Blind in Vancouver, Washington. It has been organized by Portland State University in Oregon. Three universities will be competing, hosts Portland State University, University of California-Berkley and Slippery Rock University.
Play kicks off at 9:30 AM local time on Saturday with Portland State going up against Berkley. At 1:35 PM, Portland State will take on Slippery Rock’s Green team. Play continues on Sunday at 8:30 AM when Portland State plays Slippery Rock’s White team.
Eliana Mason will be playing for Portland State. She was quoted by KGW as saying of the event, “I would love it if all colleges had a goalball team. That would be amazing.” Her team is being coached by Jen Armbruster. Both Mason and Armbruster are members of the United States women’s national team.
In January of this year, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced that the Board of Directors had voted to make adaptive sports into varsity sports. At that time, ECAC announced they were working on a plan to create championships for wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, goalball and sitting volleyball.