Monday, December 25, 2017

Go Fund Me for Sue and Jim Martin Outdoor Recreation Program

“Sue Martin and Jim Marin have started a Go Fund Me fund raiser for an Outdoor Recreation Center for people who are blind or visually impaired.

You may know Sue from her novels; "Out of the Whirlpool" and "In Dog We Trust".  If successful, we hope to start having programs for adults and children over 10 years of age next summer.  We live on 19 acres with lake frontage on beautiful Great Pond in Franklin, Maine.  The program will include hiking, camping, kayak and canoeing, fishing as well as swimming and cooking your own food.  We could also include hiking excursions in Acadia National Park, and may have winter camping including cross country skiing.
I am attaching our link to the Go Fund Me program.  Any donation you can afford will be gratefully accepted.  Please share this information far and wide.  It will not only be limited to citizens of Maine, but worldwide to anyone who is blind or visually impaired.  Perhaps we could have a special blind veterans program if there is enough interest.  Sue, who happens to be blind, and I have spent 32 years hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking/canoeing, and cross country skiing everywhere we have lived.  I have taught blind O&M students and friends how to use their mobility skills in the outdoors, particularly hiking and cross country skiing.  If interested in helping us create this program go to:

The link to Go Fund Me:

Friday, December 1, 2017

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

New MOBALE Flier!

Take a look at the new MOBALE Flier that you can steal, print out, save, email, post on your door, decorate your house with :-) Promote MOBALE!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Fall 2017 Newsletter

MOBALE October 2017


VOL 1 No. 3 - October, 2017,



  On June 21, MOBALE welcomed 10 athletes from Maine and New Hampshire to the 2017 Summer Sports Educational Camp (SEC) in Waterville, Maine. They met on Wednesday afternoon at a new venue for accommodations at the townhouses of Thomas College. If you think camp is a “walk in the park”, think again! Here is a sample of a day in the life of a MOBALE athlete…
6:45-Wake up; 7:30-board the bus to Alfond Center for breakfast; 8:00-running, long jump and shot put; 10:30-goalball;12:00-lunch; 1:00-gynmastics, swimming,& rock climbing; 4:00-Wrestling; 6:00-Dinner; 7:30-Bowling; 9:00-Athlete meeting; 9:30-shower; 10:00-lights out and rest up for the next jam-packed day of sporting experiences!
Wrestling To that varied list of sports, add archery, martial arts, Zumba and beep baseball and bumpy bus rides where athletes socialize and forge friendships that many will never forget.
    On Saturday, the fun of learning new sports culminated with individual and team competitions, a banquet lunch, and awards. CONGRATULATIONS to this year’s recipients: Athlete of the Year, Kamdyn McCallister and Spirit Award, Courtney Skillin for their skill, perseverance and helpfulness to both athletes and staff.

Dr. John McMahon
SPOTLIGHT ON SPECIAL AWARDS: The “Organization of the Year” was awarded to John T. Cyr and Sons Bus Lines of Old Towne for its generous donation of a school bus used to transport athletes among multiple venues. Augusta School District driver, Rolfe Frost, cheerfully commandeered the vehicle of energetic athletes and volunteers from early morning til late at night for many miles during the SEC. In 2012, Cyr & Sons celebrated its founding 100 years ago as a freight-livery business with two horses, hauling lumber from the woods to Old Town Canoe. Over the years, the business has grown to 300 vehicles that travel millions of miles every year. The 2017 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD went to a very special person, Dr. John McMahon, who has had a major impact on all aspects of MOBALE. Besides being the current President and leader of MOBALE fund-raising efforts, John is a tireless promoter of full inclusion of visually impaired people in school, work and community, both professionally and as a volunteer. He is not afraid to get “down and dirty” as a teacher of sports, bringing years of experience and expertise as a competitive wrestler himself, as well as over 20 years on staff of SECs around the United States. John has made an enormous contribution to the operation of MOBALE and, most importantly, as a role model to the youth athletes. THANK YOU to JT Cyr and Sons and John McMahon for being driving forces behind the success of our SEC.   

SUPPORT FOR MOBALE ATHLETES AND PROGRAMS comes from our sponsors: Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs, Free Masons, Fraternal Order of Eagles and Auxiliary, the IRIS Network and Maine Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired as well as individuals who have made both financial and “in-kind” donations. 
HOW CAN YOU HELP? You may sign up to volunteer your time and/or talents or donate using PAY PAL by visiting our website. We also have a partnership with Hannaford CLYNK, bottle return.  Contact Michelle at 207-208-6354 for labels and help MOBALE to fund our up-coming Winter SEC.

WINTER SPORTS EDUCATION CAMP   Planning has begun for the 2018 Winter SEC which will be at Sugarloaf USA. Youth in grades 3-12 of all skill levels are looking forward to enjoying winter activities including downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating and sipping hot cocoa! Be sure to visit our website for more information on the dates and schedules as well as how to register.
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Download a copy of the MOBALE October 2017 newsletter in Word format

Monday, June 26, 2017

MOBALE Maine on Facebook

Wrestling during summer camp
MOBALE Maine has a Facebook page at with updated photos from our recently completed Summer Camp! We all had a great time!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Welcome MOBALE Summer Camp Athletes!


You are being emailed because you have an athlete participating in the 2017 Summer Sports Education Camp June 21st to 24th! We are so excited to welcome back some athletes and meet some new ones!  We want to make sure your athlete arrives ready to go, so here is some information!

-     Athletes should be dropped off on June 21st between 1pm and 2pm to check in, unload their belongings and receive orientation the lodgings.  We will be staying at the Thomas College Town Houses.  The address is: 180 West River Rd, Waterville, ME.
-      There will be an award ceremony and lunch to end camp on June 24th from 12:30 to 2.  We would love for any parents or family who is able to come!!!  Please let us know if you plan to come so we have enough food!  Regardless, athletes should plan to be picked up at 2 from the Alfond Youth Center no later than 2pm (126 North St, Waterville, ME). 
-     PLEASE LABEL BELONGINGS WITH ATHLETES NAME.  Athletes need to plan on bringing the following:

adaptive equipment (white cane, glasses, magnifiers)
Bedding (i.e. sheets for a single, blanket, or sleeping bag, pillow)
Towel for showering and swimming
Bathroom items (soap, shampoo, toothbrush/paste, shower sandals (if wanted)
Clothes appropriate for indoors and out, good weather and rainy
Footwear appropriate for running, jumping etc.
Hat/sunglasses if wanted/needed
Good attitude and ready to learn and play!

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!