Saturday, April 21, 2018

Spring MOBALE Newsletter!



PLANS UNDERWAY FOR 2018 SUMMER SPORTS EDUCATION CAMP
June 20-23!


Sports camp students wrestling on mats.

Newsletter:  Vol. 2, No. 1 – April, 2018

Despite a sneak preview of summer in February, winter reappeared with a vengeance in March! But, the MOBALE board is in the mood for summer and the 2018 Camp. This year’s SEC will once again be held in Waterville, Maine at Camp Tracy and the Alfond Center, June 20-23. We hope to be adding soccer to an exciting array of sports which include beep baseball, archery, wrestling, swimming, gymnastics, martial arts, rock climbing, bowling, track and field and goal ball. For many visually impaired youth, the MOBALE sports camp is the only time they get to fully participate in an organized group sport that is adapted for their unique needs. They also learn about individual sports that can become a life-long opportunity for fun ways to achieve health and fitness. Visually impaired youth in grades 3-12 may register at www.mobale.org.

 WHAT MAKES US RUN? and jump and climb and


DONATIONS, SPONSORS AND VOLUNTEERS!

Although the actual cost is over $600 per athlete, MOBALE is proud to offer the Sports Education Camp to visually impaired and blind youth of New England at no personal cost. Sponsors and donors provide financial resources for equipment, lodging and meals for the athletes.

 LITTLE THINGS REALLY CAN ADD UP - WHAT YOUR DONATION CAN MEAN

$15: A Camp tee shirt for one athlete                        
$15: A night of bowling for one athlete
$25: Goalball goggles for one athlete                       
$20: A soccer ball with bells inside
$13: Elbow pads for one athlete                           
$15: Knee pads for one athlete

It’s easy to donate with PAYPAL!    https://www.paypal.me/MobaleT
                 
OR  Choose any amount-let us choose the equipment: send a Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card  Send to:   MOBALE SPORTS   - 225 Chase St  -  Readfield, MAINE  - 04355

ANOTHER WAY TO CONTRIBUTE: MOBALE partners with Hannaford CLYNK, bottle return.  Contact Michelle at 207-208-6354 for labels.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A VOLUNTEER?

2016 Volunteer of the Year, Cheryl Gannon, can answer that question. “The first time I was asked to volunteer, I said, “I’m too old for that! But, I relented, and by the end of the 4 days, I found out I was NOT too old .In fact, I had such a great time, I signed up for next year on the spot!” Cheryl will be back for a 4th year in 2018. “I can’t think of many more things in life better than seeing a smile on a kid’s face.” As a teacher of students who are blind, Cheryl is in the trenches every day, witnessing the hard work that her students do to keep up with their sighted peers. Many of them struggle in gym class and are not very physically fit since they don’t have the same opportunities to learn by watching or to participate in team sports. SEC provides not only the chance to try out team and individual sports, but it teaches important life skills: teamwork, healthy competition, following directions and perseverance in learning new skills, social interaction, friendship and camaraderie. “I was most impressed with the high expectations conveyed by SEC volunteers and the fact that the kids were referred to as ‘athletes’. The growth, not only in their athletic skill, but also their independence and self-confidence, was amazing.”
 
VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED AND WELCOME!  For the safety of the athletes, volunteers must get an online background check and view an online course in safety in youth sports. Find out more information and/or sign up to volunteer on our website.

GET IN TOUCH WITH MOBALE….                                                                 
 WEBSITE: www.mobale.org              
LIKE US on FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/MOBALEMaine/  

Sunday, April 1, 2018

2018 MOBALE Summer Sports Education Camp is Coming!

Four students doing Zumba

Get Ready for Camp!!

MOBALE Summer Sports Education Camp is right around the corner, June 20-23, 2018! Get prepared now by downloading a Summer Registration Packet.  Stay tuned for more information!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

2018 MOBALE Winter Sports Education Camp


2018 MOBALE Winter Sports Education Camp
Canceled


Skiers on the mountain

MOBALE is pleased to announce our collaboration with the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center and Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation NEVIfest program to facilitate 2018 MOBALE Winter Sports Education Camp.


There are limited spots, so please fill out BOTH application packets (for MOBALE AND MASR) and get that information back to MOBALE ASAP. Deadline for MOBALE to receive your application packets is February 2, 2018.


Please send your completed packets to:
scan and email:


or snail mail:


or fax:


Below is the tentative schedule.


Sunday, February 11
4:00 – 5:30 PM    arrival and check in with MOBALE atAdaptive Outdoor Education
Center
(AOEC)
4:30 – 5:45 PM     check in with MASR NEVIfest at theRack
6:00 – 7:00 PM     NEVIfest welcome and Pizza Party at  the Rack
7:15 – 8:15 PM    MOBALE balance class/ pretest
8:30 – 9:00 PM    MOBALE athletes meeting at AOEC
9:00 – 9:30 PM    shower/prepare for bed
9:30 – 10:00 PM    staff meeting
10:00 PM        lights out


Monday, February 12
8:00 – 9:30 AM     continental breakfast at the Lodge
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM   NEVIfest ski instruction
12:00 – 1:00 PM  lunch provided by MOBALE
1:00 – 3:00 PM     NEVIfest ski instruction
4:00 – 5:30 PM     Bowling at the Sugar Bowl in
Carrabassett Valley
6:00 – 7:00 PM    supper at AOEC
7:15 – 8:45 PM    nutrition seminar
9:00 – 9:30 PM    MOBALE athletes meeting
9:30 – 10:00 PM    shower/prepare for bed
9:30 – 10:00 PM    MOBALE staff meeting
10:00             lights out   


Tuesday, February 13
8:00 – 9:30 AM     continental breakfast at the Lodge
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM   NEVIfest ski instruction
12:00 – 1:00 PM lunch provided by MOBALE at AOEC
1:00 – 3:00 PM     Nordic ski instruction/Snowshoeing
4:00 – 5:30 PM     ice skating instruction
6:00 – 7:00 PM    supper at AOEC
7:15 – 8:45 PM    activity and post test
9:00 – 9:30 PM    MOBALE athletes meeting
9:30 – 10:00 PM    shower/prepare for bed
9:30 – 10:00 PM    staff meeting
10:00 PM        lights out


Wednesday, February 14
8:00 – 9:30 AM     Continental Breakfast available in theLodge
9:15 AM         NEVIfest Group Photo
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Crothers Challenge and Ski Clinics
12:00 – 1:00 PM     MOBALE awards party and farewell