Goalball: a game for all

Goalball poster

See the Campus Recreation office for more information.

Close your eyes. Now imagine trying to play your favorite sport without the ability to see. The task will likely seem, at the very least, extremely difficult.

That isn’t a problem in goalball. On April 3, Students at WIU will get the opportunity to play this unique sport.

Goalball is a sport designed for blind athletes, but sighted athletes wearing blindfolds may also participate. Originally developed in the 1940s as a means of rehabilitating World War II veterans who had been blinded during the war, the sport is now played internationally. The sport even has an international governing body in the International Blind Sports Federation (or IBSA).

Teams of three to six participants will try to throw a ball into their opponents’ net. Teams alternate throwing the ball (embedded with bells) from one end of the court to the other. Players must attempt also attempt to defend their own goal by tracking the sound of the ball and blocking it with their bodies. It’s a challenge unlike anything else in sport.

Interested parties may register in the Campus Recreation office before Friday, March 28 at 4:30 p.m. Registration is FREE. Teams must consist of three to six players, so find your crew today.

This event is co-sponsored with Students for Disability Awareness.

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Mardi Gras madness

Visitors to Western Illinois University may have believed themselves lost in New Orleans had they been visiting the Spencer Recreation Center on Feb. 28. Campus Recreation’s annual Midnight Mardi Gras was in full swing Friday night.

131 participants came out to partake in the faux Fat Tuesday fun. Some events, like mask decorating and mocktail (nonalcoholic cocktail) making, incorporated cultural aspects of the famous festival. Other activities, including the ever-popular battleship, were also included.

“The participants were excited about the various activities we hosted,” event coordinator Sara Frederick said. “We had prizes to give out for each event we had.”

Approximately ten prizes were given out to event winners. These participants won gift certificates to Jimmy John’s and the University Union bookstore.

“We had a lot of participation from underclassmen,” Frederick said. “But we had a lot of participation from the far side of campus [upperclassmen] too.”

Those who missed out The next rec event on the schedule will be Mom’s Weekend on March 28 and 29. This event will include “Massages for Mom and Me” and the “Big Pink Volleyball Challenge.”

Note: Photos from the event will be online soon!
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