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Welcome to Camp Abilities St. Louis! July 9-14, 2017

Camp Abilities St. Louis is an educational and fun sports camp for children and youth who are visually impaired. The camp is located on the campus of the Missouri School for the Blind at 3815 Magnolia in St. Louis.

Athletes and coaches will share a week that will provide memories and friends for a lifetime. Activities include specialized sports such as goalball, beep baseball, and track and field.

The purpose of this camp is to empower children with visual impairments to participate in sports to the very best of their ability. This will help them to advocate for themselves and engage in the community to the maximum extent possible. Children with visual impairments should be included in sports and physical activities throughout their lifetime. It is very important that they receive the same opportunities as their peers and be successful. A camp setting is able to offer children the instruction and tools to learn how to become active members of their schools and communities. These camps are designed to provide developmental support for children who are visually impaired. Each Camp Abilities is a separate entity with its own Director, insurance, and organizational support.

Camp Abilities was started in 1996 at the college of Brockport by Dr. Lauren J. Lieberman and Dr. Monica LePore. Since 1996, Camp Abilities staff has helped start camps in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Alaska, Maryland, Iowa, Florida, Toronto, Long Island, Puerto Rico, Georgia, Texas, Connecticut, Oregon, and Guatemala, Utah and many other places. Now we have the first one in Missouri.

Coaches can be graduate and undergraduate students from all over the world. These coaches can be recruited from professional preparation programs including adapted physical education, vision specialist, and special education.

Volunteers of all ages, including high school and college students, can serve as assistants and coaches. Previous campers can be recruited as counselors-in-training to gain leadership skills and they are the role models to encourage the campers to believe that they can achieve. Another special feature is that athletes who are visually impaired are invited to participate as specialists, role models, and guest speakers.

The campers stay overnight in the dorms at Missouri School for the Blind and use the sports facilities for all activities except for beep baseball. Beep baseball will be played on the soccer fields of St. Louis University. The sports will change from year to year.

There will be activities every night. Activities such as game night, bowling, descriptive movies, and a social mixer.

On Friday we will have an awards ceremony.

Pictures and videos will be posted to our website daily so that parents can view the progress of their athletes.

Our sponsors help to make this a successful camp. We would like to thank them.

StL Firing Squad Beep Baseball Team

A.G.A.P.E. Council of the Blind

Missouri School for the Blind

Geoffery Barney, MSB Superintedent

St. Louis University - Adam Brock, Admin. Sec-Department of Campus Recreation

United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) Missouri Chapter Inc. - Tom Culliton, President of Missouri Chapter

Hawkins Financial Service K.C. - William Hawkins,

If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to Camp Abilities St. Louis, make checks payable to: USABA Missouri Chapter Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization.

Mailed to USABA Missouri Chapter Inc.

6714 Scanlan Ave.

St. Louis, MO 63139

Directors

Wilma Chestnut-House---Wilmachouse@gmail.com

Peggy Hurt---Pioneer11914@gmail.com

Vera Rice---ricehome895@yahoo.com

Elizabeth Brown---advocateliz57@gmail.com

Tom Culliton---mousaba@sbcglobal.net

Geoffery Barney---geoffrey.barney@msb.dese.mo.gov

William Hawkins---hawkinsfinancialservicekc@gmail.com

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