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Welcome to the Optimist Junior Blind Olympics - sponsored and hosted by Junior Blind of America© and the Optimist Blind Youth Association (OBYA) (founded in 1972) representing Optimist Clubs * in the Pacific Southwest, Pacific Southeast and Cal South districts of Optimist International.

April 29, 2017 is the date for our 12th Olympics with Junior Blind of America and OBYA's 45th annual Optimist Blind Olympics.

The Olympics is open to all legally blind youth from 6 to 19 years old. In the past, in addition to athletes from Los Angeles and surrounding areas, participants have come from Arizona, Nevada, Utah, North Carolina, Delaware, Massachusetts, Texas and Georgia.

We urge Optimist Clubs from throughout Optimist International as well as other wonderful service organizations to sponsor athletes and allow them the opportunity to attend and 'go for the gold' - to compete in the Olympics with young people their ages with similar challenges.

These visually impaired youth compete in the 50 meter dash, running long jump, archery, Kayak, rowing, rock wall climbing and other challenging events. The athletes go home with medals, new senses of acceptance, achievement and independence. For many athletes, the Olympics is the highlight of their year. Surely the smiles on their faces will last in their hearts and ours forever.

For Optimists, April 29, 2017 will be our 45th Olympics - are we tired? No, we are invigorated! We will be meeting with Junior Blind of America and brainstorming to make the event even more challenging and more meaningful than the year before - for all the athletes and spectators.

OBYA has always supported 'out-of-state' athletes in their quest to belong - to fit in and excel! Athletes get to meet athletes from other areas and states and many remain friends. We get to see many of the children grow up from 6 to 19. What a thrill! It's an extraordinary day and we hope in 2017 you will make it yours too!

For many youth, it is totally a memorable week-end - the excitement of the Olympics, lots of fun and good food, housing, taking in a movie designed for the visually impaired (thanks to RP International), amusement parks and Junior Blind of America's marvelous Camp Bloomfield and lots of events, food and sometimes even the beach.

Support the Optimist Blind Youth Association (OBYA) so we can continue bringing new opportunities for self-esteem and recognition these youth so deserve in their journey to adulthood.

We need your help. Let us know if there are a group of children you would like to sponsor or send to Los Angeles for this event; if you have a group of local children, let us know that too!

As Winston Churchill said, "Never, never, never, never, never give up" - Well, OBYA and Optimists won't. That's who we are!

* Optimist Blind Youth Association (OBYA) and Optimist Clubs are part of Optimist International - an organization almost 100 years old that dedicates itself to 'bringing out the best in kids' - We are 'friends of youth.'

Click here to see a trifold brochure that describes OBYA and ways to help

Please become a part of this impressive event and send your tax-deductible donations to:

Optimist Blind Youth Association
Dara Laski, President
Post Office Box 5208
West Hills, California 91308

Please email OBYA at DaraLynnInc@aol.com or telephone Dara at 818-883-8996.

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