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The Maryland School for the Blind hosts annual Camp Abilities summer program

NOTTINGHAM, MD—The Maryland School for the Blind kicks off their summer programming with MSB Camp Abilities. The developmental sports and recreation camp for youth ages 9-17, will be held on the school’s campus from June 21-25.

MSB’s Camp Abilities has served students from Maryland, DC and Virginia for the past eight years and is the only overnight sports camp in the area for blind or visually impaired students. The program helps students to develop physical fitness and social skills by participation in a variety of sports and activities, including beep baseball, lacrosse, soccer, track and field, goalball, disc-golf, hockey, crafts and the traditional camp fires.

The 2020 Camp Abilities program was cancelled due to the COVID pandemic, but will be held in person on the school’s campus in 2021. To maintain proper social distancing, the camp is limited to 15 participants.

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MSB is partnering with Parkville Adapted Lacrosse, a volunteer group that offers developmentally challenged participants the opportunity to experience the sport of lacrosse in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment, for a blind lacrosse experience on Monday evening, June 21 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.

The League of Dreams, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the sports of baseball and softball to people of all abilities, will be joining Camp Abilities coaches and campers for a beep baseball clinic on Tuesday, June 22 from 8:45 – 11:30 am.

As a statewide resource center, The Maryland School for the Blind provides outreach, educational and residential services for students to reach their fullest potential, by preparing them to be as successful, independent and well-rounded contributing members of their communities as possible. Each year MSB serves approximately 1,200 youth identified as blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities, throughout the entire state of Maryland.

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