Goalball match for blind set for Saturday at Fort Boise

June 11, 2013 

BOISE — Two Boise men will take part Saturday in an exhibition of a sport played primarily by blind people.

Colby Morgan and James Nealey and an unnamed teammate, calling themselves the Boise Blaze, will compete against the Portland Avalanche in goalball. The match will take place at 11 a.m. at the Fort Boise Community Center, 700 Robbins Road.

The game, which was invented by an Austrian and a German involved in the rehabilitation of visually impaired World War II veterans, is played on a floor in which players try to roll a three-pound ball past their opponents into a wide net. The 30-inch-circumference ball contains bells that the players hear as it comes their way. They stretch out on the floor and try to block it before throwing it back the other way.

The game is divided into two halves of 12 minutes each.

Roy Ledesma, director of the Wyakin Academy for Wounded Warriors, which assists injured veterans in their transition to civilian life, encourages area residents to come to the match, learn about the game and cheer on the Boise athletes.

“It’s a great game and peoploe will enjoy it,” he said.

Admission is free.

Information: 995-9952.

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