Students Ages 6-13 Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
To Gather in Central Park to Play the Adaptive sport of Blind Baseball
Lighthouse Guild’s Youth Skills Program to Learn about Eye Safety While
Playing Sports During Healthy Vision Month
New York— Students ages six to thirteen from Lighthouse Guild’s Youth Skills Program will be participating in an exciting and fun day in Central Park during the USBBA blind baseball clinic on Saturday, May 6, from 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.m. at Heckscher Ballfields 5.
Ed Plumacher,Adaptive Technology Specialist at Lighthouse Guild, and the president of the United States Blind Baseball Association, along with his fellow USBBA blind baseball players, coaches and volunteers and Jaydan Mitchell, Transition Coordinator at Lighthouse Guild, will be on hand to offer expert coaching and provide safety tips to help prevent eye injuries.
Lighthouse Guild’s Youth Skills Program provides social and recreational services to legally blind children ages six to thirteen to help them build self-confidence. During the school year the students gather each month to participate in social and recreational activities including drama, physical education, yoga, technology, arts and crafts, and community field trips.
The adaptive sport of blind baseball was founded by AIBXC in Bologna, Italy 25 years ago and in recent years has become a sport played in the USA. The sport helps to cultivate a sense of self-reliance and social inclusion and serves as a powerful tool for physical and psychological rehabilitation for people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds who are blind or visually impaired.
About Lighthouse Guild
Lighthouse Guild provides exceptional services that inspire people who are visually impaired to attain their goals, offering coordinated care for eye health, vision rehabilitation, technology, and behavioral health as well as related services. The Lighthouse Guild Technology Center provides people with vision loss access to the latest assistive devices and state-of-the-art technology. The Lighthouse Guild podcast series, “On Tech & Vision with Dr. Cal Roberts,” offers information and insights about technological innovations that are tearing down barriers for people who are blind or visually impaired.
About United States Blind Baseball Association – USBBA
The United States Blind Baseball Association (USBBA) was founded following Team USA’s bronze medal win at the 2022 WBSC Inaugural Blind Baseball International Cup, and has been established as a charitable, non-profit corporation. USBBA is dedicated to the development, management, and promotion of Blind Baseball teams, players, coaches, volunteers, and umpires in the United States.
Building on their accomplishments, the USBBA are developing youth and adult baseball programs in New York and across America, and plan on presenting a better skilled and developed team to represent the United States in the 2024 WBSC Blind Baseball International Cup in Paris, France.