Redmond, WA (PRWEB) September 28, 2012
This summer the world watched the London Olympics and saw many dreams come true. Two weeks after the close of the Olympics, the Paralympics Games began. 2012 was the year that the Paralympics was the most watched, attended and written about since the Paralympic Games had its origin back in 1948 at the Stokes Mandeville Hospital in England.
“Over 518,000 children under 18 years of age have vision issues in the US," according to the US Census Bureau. 96,000 are school age children. Many of them are considered “disabled” by some and are perceived as not having the same abilities as a sighted person. “No hope for the future, no power in the present,” says Ron Peck, Co-Founder of the Blind Judo Foundation but the sport of Judo is changing all that.
If you want to empower and enhance the life of a blind or visually impaired child, young adults or wounded warrior, then support them with introductions and training in the sport of Judo. Judo was introduced at the 1988 Paralympic Games and has been one of the 20 Summer Paralympic sports ever since. In fact, the US Paralympic Judo Team at the 2000 Games in Sydney won two Gold Medals. It was 48 years since Judo was introduced at the Olympics in 1964 that the US Olympic Judo Team won Gold by Kayla Harrison in 2012.
The Blind Judo Foundation is introducing 10 ways one can empower and support blind / visually impaired individuals to become “dreamers” once again. Through the sport of Judo with a select few qualifying for the 2016 Olympic / Paralympic Games in Rio:
1) Sponsor a new blind/visually impaired athlete with a donation of $20 / week for a year. This will help provide coaching, a Judo uniform and membership in USA Judo.
2) Donate airline miles for individuals to attend sanctioned tournaments nationally and internationally. Unfortunately Paralympians do not get the same financial support as an Olympian.
3) Become an advocate of the Blind Judo Foundation by writing articles, social networking with Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. Get the word out about our mission to empower the blind through the sport of Judo!
4) Personally introduce a blind / visually impaired individual to the Blind Judo Foundation. This will get him / her placed at a local Dojo (Judo gym).
5) Volunteer your skills in Advertising, PR, Social Networks, Fundraising, Promotions, Writing, Personal Introductions to authentic figures in Sports, Corporations and Industry. Donate a few hours of time per month to various causes that help promote physical fitness and empowerment to the blind / visually impaired.
6) Purchase The Wake Up and Dream Challenge book. It’s more than a self-help book that opens the mind to possibilities of becoming what one dreams. Part of the purchase price supports the Foundation.
7) Contribute Corporate Jet access for athletes to attend required tournaments. If your corporation is flying to a location where a tournament is held, give the athlete(s) a lift. The Foundation will recognize your generosity publicly or anonymously as you choose.
8) Corporate Matching-Funds is a great way to encourage employees / employers to help support the Foundation.
9) Introduce Strategic Partners and Alliances helping to build brands and areas of mutual interest, and finally,
10) Donate no longer needed paid up Whole Life or Universal Life Insurance policies designating the Blind Judo Foundation as beneficiary.
The Blind Judo Foundation is nine year old nonprofit organization empowering the blind and visually impaired through the sport of Judo. All donations are tax exempt. Be sure to check us out at http://www.blindjudofoundation.org and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BlindJudoFoundation. For questions please contact Ron Peck, CFO & Co-Founder at roncpeck(at)blindjudofoundation.org or 425-444-8256