Judo Becoming A Big Success At The Largest Sporting Event For People With Disabilities In The Western USA.

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For a second year in a row the Blind Judo Foundation provided Judo introductions and coaching at the annual DisAbility Sports Festival in San Bernardino, CA. More than 700 athletes of all ages, with various disabilities, including amputees, along with the blind and visually impaired had the opportunity to experience the sport of Judo.

Sensei Walter Dean Known for his Advocacy of Judo to Disabled and Especially to the Blind and Visually Impaired Once Again Led This Year’s Judo Demonstration at the DisAbility Sports Festival

My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you doing well, and don't regret the things it interferes with. Don't be disabled in spirit as well as physically.....Stephen Hawking

The Blind Judo Foundation reached out to a southern California friend of the Foundation, Sensei Walter Dean who like last year’s DisAbility Sports Festival provided the leadership implementing the “on-mat” introductions and instructions where all who attended had their first experience with Judo incorporating their respective disabilities.

Sensei Dean was not alone in the tasks before him. He was able to corral another well know Judo Coach and President of the US Judo Association by the name of Sensei Gary Goltz to help make a difference with all who participated in the Judo session. Sensei Goltz also convinced some of his Judo athletes from Goltz Judo Club to once again travel to San Bernardino, give up their Saturday and help make a difference in the lives of all who were willing to step on the mat, experiencing the enhancement and empowering sport called Judo.

Members of the Goltz Judo Club who participated last year and some newer members had the opportunity to influence the disabled with their personal hands-on attention and personal instruction. The supporting Judoka (Judo athletes) included Mckenzi LaMott, Marvin Varela, Jovany Varela, Kevin Herr and Spencer LaMott.

There is a video as part of this press release where Sensei Goltz captured the essence of the day and where Dr. Aaron Moffett creator of the Festival so succinctly captured the value of Judo for the disabled.

A very special thanks to the numerous volunteers (in blue T-shirts) who helped the participants feel welcomed and for their support to the Instructors and Coaching staff.

The reason Judo is now a part of the DisAbility Sports Festival at CSUSB is due to the efforts of Howard Brodwin, Principal of Sports and Social Change and an Associate of the Blind Judo Foundation. Sports and Social Change provides marketing and sponsorship support for the DisAbility Sports Festival and as an advocate for the adaptive sports community. Howard was instrumental in bringing Judo to this event.

Dr. Aaron Moffett, Professor of Kinesiology at CSUSB is the Founder of the Festival said “The sports offered at the DisAbility Sports Festival emphasizes awareness of what a disabled person can do to reach their potential, from training in a sport like Judo and being able to set new heights in their lives.” This year had exceptional attendance and fun for all.

About us:
The Blind Judo Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization that introduces and trains blind and visually impaired children, young adults and returning blind and visually impaired military men and women in the sport of Judo. Supporting our blind athletes to train, travel and compete relies upon tax-exempt donations.

All members of the Blind Judo Foundation are volunteers. A select few of our elite athletes go on to represent the USA as members of the US Paralympic (not to be confused with Special Olympics) Judo Team. Check out the Foundation and our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/BlindJudoFoundation or by contacting Ron C. Peck at roncpeck(at)blindjudofoundation(dot)org and 1-425-444-8256.

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