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.