Striving for Goals With the Help of a BallBy Morgan, Cathy; Braille Monitor, Vol. 54, No. 2
Publication Date: February 2011
Article describes the athletic game of goalball. The sport was invented in 1946 to help rehabilitate blinded war veterans and introduced into the Paralympics in 1976. The goalball playing area is about the size of a basketball court. Raised taped lines on the floor mark where the players should be to help them manage their positions. Three players, two wings and one center, control each side of the court. Everyone on the court is blindfolded. The hard and rubbery goalball is about the size of a basketball. It has bells in its center to allow the players to hear its location on the court. The object of the game is to throw or roll the ball past the players on the other side to score a goal. Goalball players interviewed for the article cite benefits reaped from playing the game including enhanced teamwork, better awareness of body and space, and improved leadership and communication skills.
Published by: National Federation of the Blind (Website:http://www.nfb.org)
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