This week, a second edition of the USABA Adaptive Sports – U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Goalball Camp of 2015 is taking place at The Maryland School for the Blind in Baltimore, Maryland with members of the United States men’s national goalball team, and American military veterans who have lost their vision.
The purpose of the camp is to new players to the game, and assist veterans who already play it in improving their goalball skills. It drew participants from across the country, including Casimir Werda and Jesse Jones. For some attendees with more experience playing the sport, they are using the event to help improve their performance with the hope of eventually making the national team and competing at the Paralympic Games.
U.S. Association of Blind Athletes representative Matt Simpson was quoted by WBALTV as saying of the camp, “These guys come from a military background. They come from a team background and when they lose their vision, they often think all there’s left but to sit in a room and maybe listen to an audio book. They get out here this court and they realize not only can they be competitive, but they can work with a group of guys, very similar to that military dynamic and I think that is seriously can be life altering for some of these guys.”