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Volunteers sought for annual goalball tournament

Feb. 17, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Volunteers are needed to help stage the 2010 Bakos Memorial Goalball Tournament scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27-28, at Western Michigan University.

The tournament is the Midwest regional goalball competition sponsored by the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes and the Michigan Blind Athletic Association. Every year, it attracts the nation's top teams, whose members include players from the U.S. National Goalball Team.

Goalball is a fast-paced sport similar to hockey or soccer and played exclusively by visually impaired or blindfolded players. Developed in Eastern Europe following World War II, it came to the United States in the 1970s.

Up to 80 volunteers are needed to fill a wide variety of roles to stage the tournament in the WMU Student Recreation Center. No previous knowledge about goalball is necessary. A 30-minute training session will be provided.

Volunteers are needed to work:

  • Saturday, Feb. 27
    7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    1:30 to 8 p.m.

  • Sunday, Feb. 28
    7:30 a.m. to noon

Volunteers may work more than one session.

To volunteer, contact Sherry Gordon, volunteer coordinator, at (269) 599-9391 or sdgordon78@sbcglobal.net, or Luke Patterson, tournament director, at (269) 832-4930 or lukusp@gmail.com.

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Media contact: Tonya Durlach, (269) 387-8400, tonya.durlach@wmich.edu

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