On March 10-11, Leland Public School and area sponsors welcome the public to an event designed to demonstrate how sports can be inclusive for individuals with or without a disability. Come watch the U.S. men’s goalball team play a sport that combines soccer, hockey, and rugby in an exciting game that sighted and non-sighted individuals can play together.
The goalball team is traveling to Leland to raise awareness for a new physical education initiative created by Teacher Consultant Amy Trumbull, whose goal is to foster understanding and acceptance of students who are blind or visually impaired. In the new program, school-based physical therapists will teach students about disability awareness while teaching goalball skills.
During their visit, the goalball team will showcase the sport as well as their teamwork, communication skills, and athletic ability that led them to become silver medalists at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Come join in the fun!
Event: U.S. Men’s Goalball Team Showcase
Date: March 10-11
Location: Leland Public School, 200 N. Grand Ave, Leland, MI 49654
More Information: Call 231-922-6304
Friday, March 10
2:30-3:15 p.m. - All-school assembly
Saturday, March 11
10:30 a.m. - Inclusive sports and recreation vendor exhibit opens
11:30 a.m. - U.S. men's goalball team game begins
12 p.m. - Public question and answer session with the U.S. men's goalball team begins
12:15-12:45 p.m. - Goalball experience with community
In goalball, participants wear blackout goggles so all members have equal footing despite variable degrees of sight. The game is a 3-on-3 format, and is played on a gymnasium floor set up with a goal net on either end. The object of the game is to roll the hard rubber ball into the opponent’s goal while opposing players try to block the ball with their bodies.