WMU News

Volunteers sought for sports camps for visually impaired teenagers

April 9, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The 13th Annual Sports Education Camps for Youths with Visual Impairments are ready to blast off. Now what's needed are some volunteers to help man the launching pad.

Eighty blind and visually impaired young athletes will converge on the campuses of the Michigan Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Flint from April 30 to May 2 and at Western Michigan University, May 3-6.

Athletes will range from 10 to 16 years old and will work on a broad spectrum of skills, from running, jumping and throwing, to more advanced competitive sports and recreation skills, including wrestling, swimming, gymnastics, goal ball, bowling, and track and field.

Organizers are looking for anyone who enjoys children or sports to carry out a variety tasks from coaching to dorm counseling, sports skills instruction, guiding athletes to events, keeping score and running errands. Especially needed are dorm counselors, runners, track and field athletes, swimmers, gymnasts, wrestlers, aerobics leaders and lifeguards.

Those interested should call or email Paul Ponchillia, 616 387-3449, <paul.ponchil-lia@wmich.edu>, or Susan Ponchillia, 616 387-3450, <susan.ponchillia@wmich.edu>. Be sure to include a description of the specific skills you possess.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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