AT Club partners with Cincinnati Recreation Center to offer Goalball Tournament

By: BC Charles-Liscombe

“The College of Mount St. Joseph Athletic Training (AT) Club in cooperation with the Cincinnati Recreation Center (CRC) will be hosting a Goalball Tournament at the Mount on Sunday April 21 beginning at 11am.

Goalball, a competitive sport designed to allow visually impaired and sighted athletes to compete against one another, will be played in the Mount’s Harrington Center Gymnasium. Proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the AT program’s professional development activities and the CRC’s adapted physical activity programs.

Goalball participants compete in teams of three on basketball size court, and try to throw a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponents' goal. Teams alternate throwing or rolling the ball from one end of the playing area to the other. Sighted and partially blinded players wear goggles to ensure fair play. Players must use the sound of the bell to judge the position and movement of the ball.

Kayla Wuest, AT Club co-president says “We wanted to partner with the CRC after experiencing goalball for ourselves in class. We felt this event would showcase the AT program and the great things the CRC does for Cincinnati residents. It is a great partnership to develop and we are very excited to be working with Adam Ayers and his team.”  Eben DeMatteo, AT Club co-president also remarked “It was fun to learn about goalball and how those who are visually impaired still interact in competitive sports. I found the game exciting and challenging. I look forward to teaching others and raising funds for a worthy cause.”  Erin Beckwith, AT Club co-advisor and faculty member, says “I wanted to introduce the AT students to an athletic population that we do not typically work with on campus, but they may at some point in their career. This learning opportunity allows our students to interact with an athletic population that plays with impairments or disabilities.”

Teams may pay $10 for a team of 3 or 4 players or $3.50 single entries will be matched with a team. The event will include food and a raffle for door prizes. Interested participants should contact Rachael Wuestefeld, AT Club Treasurer, by email at Rachael_Wuestefeld@mail.msj.edu.  The AT club will also be registering teams outside the 5th Third dining hall the week of April 15th to the 19th.