NORTHWEST ASSOCIATION FOR BLIND ATHLETES

Enriching Lives. Providing Opportunities.

aka NWABA   |   Vancouver, WA   |  www.nwaba.org

Mission

To provide life-changing opportunities through sports and physical activity to individuals who are blind and visually impaired.

Ruling year info

2009

Founder, President & CEO

Mr. William S Henry II

Main address

PO Box 61489

Vancouver, WA 98666 USA

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EIN

26-0244283

NTEE code info

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Currently, there are thousands of individuals with visual impairments living in our region, but many people never interact with someone who is blind or visually impaired because most individuals with visual impairments live a sedentary lifestyle. Many rarely leave their home, have limited social relationships; and are prone to health-related diseases. For anyone, sports have a unique ability to change lives; once introduced to physical activity and sports through programs like those offered by NWABA, individuals with visual impairments open up to the idea that they can succeed. With successful inclusion, individuals who are blind build self-esteem, confidence, team camaraderie, muscular strength, and physical fitness. These individuals develop the tools to seek a richer, fuller life including improved social relationships, a positive self-image and, most of all, the confidence to pursue success in other areas of life such as education and employment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Sports Outreach

This program provides opportunities for children, youth, adults and military veterans who are blind and visually impaired to become introduced to sport and physical activity. Participants participate in a variety of sports including goalball, judo, beep baseball, beep kickball, powerlifting, track and field, tandem cycling, swimming, skiing, dragon boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, and more. The organization operated more than 90 Sports Outreach Program experiences during the fiscal year to improve the quality of life for 997 individuals with visual impairments. Approximately 70% of the nearly 56,000 school-age children who are blind have never experienced any type of physical activity, this program is critical because it helps participants build confidence, enhance self-esteem, develop long-lasting friendships, improve their physical and muscular strength, and empowers them to excel in all areas of life.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments

NWABA provides sports adaptations in the form of adapted equipment instruction, equipment lending, a comprehensive instructional video library and consultations for individuals, parents, and schools.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments

Camp Abilities is a developmental sports camp for youth who are blind or visually impaired. The Camp Abilities model promotes independence and life skills through sports and physical activity. Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) hosts Camp Abilities Oregon and Camp Abilities Washington in the summer.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers supporting program services

Number of organizational partners

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Related Program

Sports Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of programs documented

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

FY18-19 Anticipated Outcomes:
• Deliver life-changing programs and services to more than 1,500 children, youth, adults and military veterans who are blind or visually impaired.
• Deliver 2,500+ hours of direct programming across all services.
• Provide sports adaptations to at least 250 participants through the Sports Adaptations program.
• Provide ongoing programming (repeated contacts throughout the year via organized teams or reoccurring programming) – building team camaraderie, muscular strength, physical fitness, increased confidence and self-esteem – to youth and adults who are blind and visually impaired.
• Execute two summer camps - one in Oregon, one in Washington. These camps are the only residential sports camp for youth who are blind or visually impaired on the west coast – addressing self-esteem, independence, physical activity and a building community for 80 children and youth within a residential sports camp setting.

Three-Year Strategic Intent: Establish best practices, including robust programs, volunteer support, and a sustained funding base, to begin scaling into key regions throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.

Survey program participants and partners to determine mission-impact and alter program offerings accordingly:
2017-18 Quality of Life Survey Results -
95% of participants said NWABA has encouraged them to be more independent in their everyday life.
94% of participants said NWABA has inspired them to advocate for themselves in their home, school and community.
96% of participants said NWABA has encouraged them to try new things out of their comfort zone.
95% of participants said NWABA has helped them build new friendships.

Northwest Association for Blind Athletes was founded by Billy Henry at age fifteen to help others with visual impairment experience sports and physical activity and have an improved quality of life. Through on-going strategic planning and sustainable growth, the organization has gone from serving six students the first year out of Billy’s garage to more than 1,500 individuals in FY17-18. NWABA has grown program by program, area by area, and sport by sport since the organization’s inception. We have been able to grow sustainably over the last decade to meet the needs of individuals with visual impairments. With a talented team of nine staff members, more than 350 dedicated volunteers, and an engaged Board of Directors, NWABA is well positioned to execute on our strategic plan to ensure that we are helping individuals with visual impairments gain the skills, tools, and resources they need to reach their greatest potential.

FY17-18 Accomplishments:

Our Sports Outreach program served 997 blind and visually impaired youth, adults and military veterans through Paralympic experiences, clinics, and camps. This programming encourages new experiences, foster friendships, and increases confidence and self-esteem.

52 individuals between the ages of 8 and 15 years old participated in NWABA's summer camp. Campers gained skills and forged new friendships. Camper families receive information at the end of the week helpful to continue to use the tools and resources gained at camp one they return home and go back to school.

Sports adaptations were provided to 425 participants, which included blind and visually impaired individuals, families, teachers, and community organizations. Adaptations make it possible for individuals with visual impairments to participate in sports with their peers. Common adaptations included bicycling, which is adapted through the use of tandem biking, and running. Equipment was also provided including beeping kickballs, Goalballs and running guide tethers.

16 scholarships were provided through our Scholarship Program for athletes to participate in local, regional, national and international competitions and to purchase equipment to help visually impaired people stay physically active.

NWABA's Public Awareness Program made more than 20,00 contacts with community members to showcase the abilities of the blind and visually impaired through awareness events, speaking engagements, and community outreach throughout our four-state region.

Financials

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NORTHWEST ASSOCIATION FOR BLIND ATHLETES

Board of directors
as of 9/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Erik Selden

First Citizens Bank

Term: 2013 - 2022

Teresa Lawwill

Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce

Scott McCallum

Washington State School for the Blind

Joe Yoder

Providence Health & Services

Ben Campbell

The Columbian

Rod Cook

Scott Miller

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Jonathan Nelson

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Eric Merrill

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Don Rhoads

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Dean Watanabe

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Tracy Wadsen

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Jason Fish

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Mike Williams