Our mission is to provide youth who are blind or visually impaired with an opportunity to participate in a variety of sports and recreational activities, build friendships, and share an exciting experience with other athletes and student volunteers.
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Where are we and who do we serve?
VIP Sports is a part of Slippery Rock University and the SRU Adapted Physical Activity Program. Charitable gifts to VIP Sports are held by the Slippery Rock University Foundation, the non-profit 501(c)3 organization that secures funds for the benefit of the students and programs of the university.
VIP Sports serves school aged youth 5-18 who are blind or visually impaired. In addition we invite siblings of the blind or visually impaired to attend our events.
What sport and recreation opportunities do we offer?
VIP Clinics: One day events offered twice a year in the spring and fall. Participants learn new skills, develop existing skills and socialize with peers during a number of sports; soccer, judo, horseback riding, swimming, goalball, tennis, archery and many more.
June 8-12, 2015 Summer Camp: A five day sports camp, which takes places in the summer. The camp focuses on providing athletes with the opportunity to learn new sport skills, refine existing skills, socialize with peers, and build independent living skills during a fun filled week of sport and activities. This includes: the sports mentioned for clinic plus athletics, kayaking and canoeing, tandem biking, hockey, fishing, costume party, bowling party, talent show and dance socials.
Please contact VIP Sports Camp Student Intern Dana O'Neill for more information.
VIP Sports Goalball Team: Up until 2013 we had a competitive goalball team that practiced on a weekly basis and refined their goalball skills in preparation for competition. The team travelled nationally and are 2 time National Champions.
Slippery Rock University Goalball Team: Slippery Rock University now has a Goalball Team which made history March 27-29, 2015 when it entered and won the first ever College Goalball National Tournament in Oregon, Portland. One of the members is Calahan Young, an SRU recreational therapy major from Irwin who has been legally blind since early childhood is a member of the U.S.A. National who attends regional and national Goalball camps 3-4 times a year.
Ski Trip: A one day ski event that takes place every March at Peek 'n Peak which encourages new and existing athletes, to tackle the slopes with our experienced volunteers.
VIP Sports programs are primarily implemented, organized and lead by VIP Sports Director
Wendy Fagan. We rely solely on student volunteers from Slippery Rock University, Grove City High School, Social Clubs on campus, Volunteer Coaches and Vision Teachers. All volunteers receive basic training and orientation for working with individuals with visual impairments from TVI instructors.
VIP Sports programs are funded through grants from private foundations, charitable donations, participant fees and Lions Clubs from District 14-N of Pennsylvania. If you would like to make a donation please click here. All donations are greatly received and will help us to achieve our mission and make a difference in the lives of children who are blind or visually impaired.
If you have any further questions, or request additional information please contact Wendy Fagan who will be more than happy to help.