What is TNABA?
TNABA, Tennessee Association of Blind Athletes, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides sports and recreational activities for blind or visually impaired men, women, and children of Tennessee. We are the State chapter of the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) and are recognized by the U.S. Paralympic Committee as a Paralympic Sports Club that provides world class programs for adaptive athletes and wounded warriors of all kinds. We provide adaptive programs on 3 different levels which are leisure recreation, health and fitness, and competitive sports. Together with the USABA, we provide local, state, regional, national, and even international opportunities for all children and adults of Tennessee with a visual disability. TNABA also provides outreach and consulting for physical education teachers, coaches, parents, students, and other community members to ensure that blind individuals are able to participate in activities alongside their sighted peers.
The History of TNABA
TNABA was originally formed in 1979 and reestablished in 2009. Over the course of 32 years, many blind athletes from the great State of Tennessee have went on to participate in the Paralympics and have won gold metals for the United States. TNABA has provided over 300 athletes with the opportunity to participate in 10 different sports and health programs. These programs include swimming, track and field, golf, tandem cycling, exercise and fitness classes, yoga and nutrition, bowling, and Goalball to name a few.
The Purpose and Need for TNABA
Obesity is one of the most serious problems facing our society today. It not only affects people’s health, but their activity level, productivity, and social lives. The issues caused by obesity really put strain on our communities economically, socially, and physically. This could not be truer with the blind community. People with blindness have one of the highest rates of obesity out of all of the minority groups.