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 girts 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.
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.
Goalball: We previously 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.
New events: This year we are adding two new events: ski trip on March 8th and a White Water Rafting Trip in August, 2014.
VIP Sports programs this year will be overseen by Wendy Fagan and organized by our new project coordinator who graduated through Slippery Rock University’s Adapted Physical Activity Program, Lauren Impey. We are primarily staffed by student volunteers from Slippery Rock University Adapted Physical Activity program. 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 or Lauren Impey who will be happy to help.