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Athletes with visual impairments attend WMU sports camp

May 4, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Athletes from across the region who are blind or visually impaired will flock to Western Michigan University this week to work on their skills.

The 17th Annual Sports Education Camp for Students with Visual Impairments is May 5-8 at WMU. The "senior camp" at WMU is for youngsters ages 13-16. A camp for junior athletes ages 10-12 was May 2-4 in Flint. The two camps are expected to attract close to 100 students from Michigan and surrounding states.

The camps are sponsored by the WMU Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies, the Michigan Blind Athletic Association and the Michigan Schools for the Deaf and Blind. The junior camp in Flint introduced children to bowling, goalball, gymnastics, swimming, track and field, and wrestling. The senior camp at WMU will include those sports, plus cycling, judo and power lifting.

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Ponchillia, chairperson of blindness and low vision studies, at (269) 387-3449 or <paul.ponchillia@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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