If you’ve never heard of goalball, you’re not alone. But Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo will soon play host to a goalball Midwest regional tournament Feb. 26 and 27, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette.
Organizers are seeking volunteers for this two-day event, which is similar to soccer in which athletes who are visually impaired compete using a bell-filled ball. A background in goalball is not necessary to be a volunteer, and everyone will be given a 30-minute training session. Positions include line judging and working at the scoring table, according to the Gazette. Volunteers may work more than one session.
The John Bakos Memorial Goalball Tournament is an annual event sponsored by the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes and the Michigan Blind Athletic Association. It was initially invented for blind veterans for rehabilitation purposes, tournament director Luke Patterson told the Gazette.
Players defending their goal are on opposite ends of a court, waiting for the auditory ball to come toward them. The goaltenders stop the ball with their bodies and most of the players let go of the ball at 40 or 50 miles per hour. Players are blind-folded to level the playing field.
If interested in volunteering, contact Mary Lou Brooks, volunteer coordinator, at 269-387-3415 or 269-744-7486 or email@example.com; or Luke Patterson, tournament director, at 269-832-4930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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