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For Immediate Release
June 26, 2009

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Virginia Campbell

Paralympic Athletes to Teach at College at Brockport Sports Camp for Children with Visual Impairments

Press Release Photo Camp Abilities celebrates the athlete in children who are visually impaired, blind or deaf/blind.

Brockport, NY – The 14th annual Camp Abilities, hosted by The College at Brockport, State University of New York, June 27 – July 3, provides sport and social activities for children who have visual impairments, are blind or deaf-blind.

At Camp Abilities, children and adolescents with visual impairments, blindness, or deaf-blindness are empowered to become physically and socially active in their school and society by participating in team sports, including beep baseball, judo, archery, soccer, track and field, tandem biking, goalball, swimming, rock climbing and kayaking. Camp Abilities also seeks to help the children achieve their personal goals.

The 54 campers ages 9-19 will enjoy the opening ceremony on June 27, a Beep Baseball demonstration at Frontier Field on June 28, and a week full of fun and recreation taught with the help and motivation of 60 counselors from across the US, Ireland, Iceland, and Puerto Rico; four counselors in training with visual impairments; and five Paralympic Athletes.

Special Guests This year’s camp will welcome five special guests; Paralympic athletes from across the country who will help teach and motivate the campers.
• Aysia Miller—Goalball, gold medalist from Colorado, who also was just nominated for an ESPY Award for best female athlete with a disability
•Jennifer Armbruster—Goalball, a gold medalist from Colorado
•Cody Colchado, a power lifter from Texas
•Kris Scheppe, a sailor from Florida
•Peter Gottwald, a track and field bronze medalist from Pennsylvania

Research Projects Research is an important part of keeping Camp Abilities successful for campers. This year, three research projects will be conducted in conjunction with the camp.

Dr. Alisa James, associate professor in The College at Brockport Department of Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education, and Dr. Katrina Arndt, St. John Fisher College, will conduct a qualitative research study focusing on positive social interactions of children who are blind.

Dr. John Foley and two graduate students from SUNY Cortland, and Camp Abilities Founding Director and Professor at The College at Brockport Dr. Lauren Lieberman will be conducting research on the fitness affects of Dance, Dance Revolution and WiiFit for children with visual impairments.

Cindy Aillaud from Delta Junction, AK, also will be at the Camp to co-author a children’s book with Lieberman. Aillaud will interview campers and take pictures for the book entitled Everybody Plays: How Children with Visual Impairments Play Sports. The book will be published through The American Printing House for the Blind.

About the Camp and Staff
Lieberman founded Camp Abilities in 1996. Since then, Camp Abilities camps have been established across the nation in Alaska, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, Long Island, and Arizona, as well as camps in Toronto, Puerto Rico and Guatemala. Lieberman works on the camp year-round, pouring her time and energy into making each year better than the last.

Lieberman, a 2005 Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship and Creative Activity recipient — the highest award in the SUNY system — also received the Community Partner Award from the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired in 2006 for her dedication and instrumental focus on Camp Abilities. She is an influential expert on adapted physical education, an internationally acclaimed speaker, and has published numerous papers, articles and books on the subject.

Others who make Camp Abilities a possibility are Haley Schedlin, a ’05, ’07 graduate of the College, who is the Camp’s assistant director. Schedlin has been a part of the Camp for six years and is involved with Camp Abilities in Arizona and Alaska, and was named the 2008 Adapted Physical Education Master’s Student of the Year.

Amanda Tepfer, the aquatic and boating director, and Kira Labagh, a graduate assistant, are other key personnel. Both are pursuing their Master’s in Adapted Physical Education at the College.

The Camp is being funded with the help of many donations and grants. This year, the camp is being funded by the New York State Commission for the Blind, Bausch & Lomb, Rite Aid, The Theresa Foundation, Delta Gamma, Phi Epsilon Kappa, The Wilmott Foundation, Western New York Lions Clubs, and area merchants.

For more information about Camp Abilities, please contact Lieberman at (585)395-5361 or, or visit the Camp Abilities Web site at


The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive * Brockport, New York 14420-2931
(585) 395-2754 * FAX (585) 395-2723 *

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