Mount students, CRC join for “Goalball” Tournament to raise money, awareness

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By: Jill Eichhorn

File Under: athletic training

Athletic training students from the College of Mount St. Joseph and the Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) are holding a Goalball tournament at the Mount on Sunday, April 21 at noon in Harrington Center. The public is welcome to form teams of three to four players for $10/per team. Prizes will be awarded to the winners and lunch is included.

Goalball is a competitive sport played three-against-three by blind and visually impaired athletes. It is played internationally including at the Paralympics. Players are either legally blind or blindfolded and roll a three-pound Goalball, which has a bell in it, past the opposing team without stopping it. When a player hears the ball coming toward their end, they often slide back and forth on the floor, using their bodies to try to block the oncoming ball. For the tournament at the Mount, teams will wear blackened goggles to obstruct their view.

“The CRC comes to one of my classes to teach games that are adapted to people with disabilities such as wheelchair basketball and bocce ball,” said Erin Beckwith, athletic training instructor at the Mount. “Many students have never heard about Goalball and after they see it, they have a greater awareness for adaptable sports.”

Register a team of three to four players by contacting Rachael Wuestefeld at rachael_wuestefeld@mail.msj.edu. Proceeds will be shared between the Mount's athletic training program and the CRC.

The event begins at 11 a.m. with a demonstration followed by lunch. Play begins around noon.

The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.