Tag: Sports

  • CCB graduate wins blind division in Boston Marathon! @blackkidrunning

    CCB graduate wins blind division in Boston Marathon! @blackkidrunning

    Chaz throwing elbow jabs at the pad in Martial Arts Class

    They love Chaz Davis in his hometown of Grafton, Mass. But we are just as proud of him here in Littleton, Colo. at the Colorado Center for the Blind!

    Chaz, a 2016 Paralympian in Rio and a 2017 graduate of CCB, won the Boston Marathon’s visually impaired division on October 11. It was the 125th Boston Marathon, but the first year that this division was available for blind runners to register in. Previous blind marathoners in Boston just … well, ran.

    Blind runners run with a guide to whom they are tethered, meaning that the guide and blind runner must be carefully matched as far as speed and endurance, and marathon runners may change guides during a race.… Read the rest “CCB graduate wins blind division in Boston Marathon! @blackkidrunning”

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  • Our First FAST In-person for 2021!

    Our First FAST In-person for 2021!

    FAST - (Fun Activities & Skills Training) logo

    March to the Beat of Your Own Drum

    Our first 2021 in-person FAST activity for youth will fittingly be all about movement, and a little music! Sign up for our April 24 FAST!

    Who: Blind students of all ages and their families Where: Colorado Center for the Blind,
    2233 W Shepperd Ave. Littleton, CO 80120 When: Saturday, April 24, 2021 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    It’s the return of the FAST! On Saturday, April 24 from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, we will hold our first in-person FAST (Fun Activities & Skills Training) Program for 2021.

    And what better way to kick it off then with a fun activity that involves music and movement.… Read the rest “Our First FAST In-person for 2021!”

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  • Announcing Our 2019 Summer Youth Programs

    Announcing Our 2019 Summer Youth Programs

    For 2019, we’ll offer our long-standing summer youth programs, including Confidence Camp/BELL and our 8-week residential program for high school and college-aged youth. But we’ll also offer shorter-term and more focused “modules”, describe below. For more information on our 2019 Summer Youth Programs, contact Martin Becerra-Miranda at 303-778-1130, ext. 2223, or mbecerra@cocenter.org.

    Confidence Camp/BELL Academy

    Dates: June 10 through June 21
    Ages: 5 to 10
    Location: Colorado Center for the Blind

    Program Description

    This two-week day program will be filled with learning, challenge and fun. Your child will meet competent blind role models who will work with the kids on cooking, cleaning, Braille, independent travel and technology.… Read the rest “Announcing Our 2019 Summer Youth Programs”

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  • Letter to friends and supporters from President of the NFB of Colorado, Scott C. LaBarre and the Executive Director of CCBJulie Deden

    Letter to friends and supporters from President of the NFB of Colorado, Scott C. LaBarre and the Executive Director of CCBJulie Deden

    6 Dot Dash 5K Logo

    Editor’s Note: This letter has been widely distributed this week, but we decided to risk repeating ourselves by posting it here because we very much hope you will join us for the NFB of Colorado Comcast 6 Dot Dash on Sunday. It’s going to be a lot of fun!

    Dear Family and Friends,

    In recent months we have been planning our first National Federation of the Blind Comcast 6 Dot Dash 5K. Perhaps you have heard about it. It is this coming Sunday morning. Perhaps you have already made plans to attend. We hope so. Perhaps you have registered for the race.… Read the rest “Letter to friends and supporters from President of the NFB of Colorado, Scott C. LaBarre and the Executive Director of CCBJulie Deden”

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  • Celebrate Spring with FAST Friday Fun & Games May 11!

    Celebrate Spring with FAST Friday Fun & Games May 11!

    CCB Summer students Mary and Cheyene get on the tandem bikes with EyeCycle Volunteers while Christina waits her turnThe entire family is welcome to come and enjoy FAST Friday Fun and Games on May 11 at 5:30 with staff and students at the Colorado Center for the Blind.

    This will be an active FAST Friday. We will be getting out and enjoying the beautiful spring weather, playing some kickball, string ball, learning to tandem cycle and doing some guide running to prepare for the NFB of Colorado’s 6 Dot Dash on June 24. We will also be doing some grilling and enjoying some great food.

    If you want a burger or a dog, you gotta RSVP here.… Read the rest “Celebrate Spring with FAST Friday Fun & Games May 11!”

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  • Belding Travels with Hockey Stick All the Way to the First U.S. #BlindHockey team #LivetheLifeYouWant @USAHockey

    Belding Travels with Hockey Stick All the Way to the First U.S. #BlindHockey team #LivetheLifeYouWant @USAHockey

    Daniel works the puck across the ice
    Daniel in full Hockey gear in action on the ice

     

    Since January, fans attending Colorado Avalanche games have been treated to between-periods video of the Try Blind Hockey Day on January 17. Over 50 blind Coloradans went out on the ice that day, some for the first time, others with a stick in their hand for the first time. Fans are impressed by the video, but it is little more than an historical artifact now.

    In just three short months, blind hockey has gone from being nonexistent in Colorado to a sport avidly pursued by dozens of players. And it’s produced a member of the newly-formed U.S. National Blind Hockey Team under the auspices of USA Hockey.… Read the rest “Belding Travels with Hockey Stick All the Way to the First U.S. #BlindHockey team #LivetheLifeYouWant @USAHockey”

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  • Taking It to the Net: CCB There at Start of Blind Hockey in Colorado @USAHockey

    Taking It to the Net: CCB There at Start of Blind Hockey in Colorado @USAHockey

    CCB students go out on the ice in their hockey gear

    Back in January the Colorado Avalanche hosted a “Try Hockey” event for prospective blind hockey players. It featured several blind hockey players from across Canada and the United States and was coordinated by USA Hockeyand the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association. Forty-two blind participants, including youth and some,like me, who were much older, took to the ice that day. About half of those participants came from CCB. You can read more about it in this article, Try-Blind-Hockey Day Another Example of How Hockey is for Everyone.

    The goal was to encourage amateur blind hockey in the area. It’s working!… Read the rest “Taking It to the Net: CCB There at Start of Blind Hockey in Colorado @USAHockey”

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  • NF Challenge Olympic Day 2017

    NF Challenge Olympic Day 2017

    There wasn’t time to sit still till lunch was served, but none were inclined to do so at Saturday’s #NFChallenge Olympic Day 2017. There were just too many things to try out – beep baseball demonstration with the Colorado Storm, judo and power-lifting, goal ball and tandem bicycling with Eye-Cycle! Everybody got to take a turn at three or four of these activities, and a few even took a second bike ride or got into a couple of actual goal ball matches!

    But participants were able to sit still long enough to listen to Paralympic runner Chaz Davis talk about how he went from “overweight and out-of-shape” to being the current record-holder in the marathon for blind and visually impaired runners.… Read the rest “NF Challenge Olympic Day 2017”

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  • Fitness & Sports Tomorrow for #NFChallenge #OlympicDay2017! @WEFitwellness @USABA

    Fitness & Sports Tomorrow for #NFChallenge #OlympicDay2017! @WEFitwellness @USABA

    It’s happening here tomorrow starting at 10 a.m. Thanks to our partners at WE Fit Wellness and United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA). Contributing will be Eye-Cycle, Achilles Denver and members of the Colorad Storm Beep Baseball team.

    And at lunch there wil be a keynote address from current CCB studentChaz Davis, a member of the 2016 US Paralympic team! Checkout the agenda below.

    #NFChallenge Olympic Day Agenda

    10:00-10:10 – Welcome
    Meeting Room

    10:10-10:55 – Breakout Session 1

    Running – lobby sitting area

    Tandem Cycling – picnic tables

    Beep baseball – side yard

    Power Lifting – art room

    Goalball – gym

    11:10-11:55 Breakout Session 2

    Judo – Travel Lobby

    Tandem Cycling – picnic tables

    Beep baseball – side yard

    Power Lifting – art room

    Goalball – gym

    11:55-1:00 Lunch
    Meeting Room
    Keynote Address Chaz Davis, 2016 Paralympian

    1:15- 2:00 Breakout Session 3

    Running – lobby sitting area

    Judo – Travel Lobby

    Tandem Cycling – picnic tables

    Power Lifting – art room

    Goalball Scrimmage Matches: gym

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  • High Fives at Mile High Academy #MeettheBlind #HowEyeSeeIt

    High Fives at Mile High Academy #MeettheBlind #HowEyeSeeIt

    Ryan High-Fives with the students after shooting some hoops
    Ryan at the Mic at Mile High Academy
    Ryan shoots some hoops with a group of students from Mile High Academy

    We are always excited to be invited to talk at schools in the area about what it really means to be blind. It’s a great chance to dispel myths and stereotypes and to teach kids that blind people are just folks, too. So, we were delighted when we received a call from Diane Harris, a parent and administrator at nearby Mile High Academy. It turned out that the 7th grade English students were reading Michael Hingson‘s book, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust, Mike’s story of his escape from the World Trade Center on 9/11 with his guide dog, Roselle.… Read the rest “High Fives at Mile High Academy #MeettheBlind #HowEyeSeeIt”

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