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Tweens and teens get out there.

We want to introduce tweens and teens who are blind and visually impaired how to scuba dive, zip-line and ski. We want to introduce them to paddle boarding, swinging a golf club and catching their first fish. We want them to play Goalballwhether competitively or recreationally. Who says they can’t or shouldn’t do any of those activities? Not us, because we know that sometimes, only a simple adaptation of equipment or instruction is required for participation.

Physical activity is important for everyone, especially kids. Studies have shown that blind children are less physically active than their peers. So once a month we offer visually impaired young people an opportunity to get up and get moving through youth recreational adventures and summer camps. It’s our goal to not just keep visually impaired youth fit, but also help strengthen their self-confidence, social group, life skills and sense of belonging.

The activities are lead by adaptive sports specialists with the goal of exposing teens to the kind of play that helps them overcome barriers they might face while introducing them to peers who understand visual challenges. Sometimes parents and families are invited to join in the fun. A nominal, non-refundable registration fee is charged when you reserve a spot.

Some of our past recreational events included roller skating, trampolining, ice skating and rock wall climbing. Those who attended summer camp enjoyed outdoor fun like archery, canoeing and fishing.

Outlook Nebraska is lucky to collaborate with UNO Kinesiology students to provide one-on-one support for teens during activities.

All participants need to complete Image and Audio Consent and Medical & Liability Release Forms. It is possible that news media or other media outlets not affiliated with Outlook Nebraska may be present at an event.

Space is limited so sign up early! Click the registration button below to sign-up for any of the following events:

December 15 – Holiday Party and Audio Described Movie Night
5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Outlook Nebraska Community Space
Wear your ugly holiday sweater, bring a white elephant gift, warm up those vocal cords for some Carol Karaoke and laugh at the audio description of “Christmas Vacation.”

Snow Skiing | Mt. Crescent | Ages 12-19
Sunday, Jan. 27, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 nonrefundable reservation fee
Every year our teens break stereotypes and conquer the unknown, learning how ride the chair lift and ski down Mt. Crescent. Instruction is adapted for participants with little or no vision, and each teen is paired with a sighted expert skier. Cost includes instruction, equipment rental, lift ticket, and lunch.

Outlook Jr. Maverick Goalball League | UNO HPER Gym 6323 Maverick Plaza Omaha  | Ages 12-19
Saturday, Feb. 16 & 23, March 2, 9 & 23, 10 a.m. to noon
Cost: $20 nonrefundable reservation fee for all six weeks
Goalball is a team sport designed specifically for athletes with a vision impairment. Competing in teams of three, participants try throw a ball with bells inside into the opponents’ goal. The ball is thrown by hand and never kicked. Outlook’s Jr. Maverick Goalball League offers six weeks to experience and strengthen goalball skills leading up to interstate play against other teen teams. All league play is held at UNO, and equipment is provided. This team has a blast together on and off the court! Join us and show the world what it means to be a blind athlete!

Beep Baseball Clinic | UNO DOME 6808 Spring St, Omaha, NE 68106
Ages 6-11: 9:00-10:30 a.m. | Ages 12-19: 10 a.m.–noon
Saturday, April 27
Lunch noon-1 p.m.
Cost: Covered by Nebraska Parents of the Visually Impaired
Enjoy one-on-one attention learning how to hit off a tee, field the beeping ball, and run to beeping bases in this beep baseball clinic. Nebraska and Iowa Parents of the Visually Impaired and the players from the nationally competitive Iowa Reapers come together with Outlook adaptive sports specialists to teach how to play baseball the blind way! Lunch after allows players to learn about the competitive world of beep baseball.

NEW! — Rowing | Carter Lake Creighton Boat House | Ages 12-19
Saturday, May 11 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $10
Join Outlook and the Creighton Bluejays Varsity Rowing team and learn all about this great sport for the visually impaired! With sighted athletes as guides, participants will be introduced to the equipment, warm up on rowing machines and then get on the water in eight-person boats. We’ll end with lunch with the players and coaches and hear about their experiences rowing in competition and what makes this a great sport for the blind.

Adult and Youth Golf Clinic | Indian Creek Golf Course | Ages 9 and up
Thursday, June 6, 8:15 am.-1 p.m.
Cost: $10 including lunch
Learn how to chip, putt, and drive, take a ride in the golf cart and play a few holes on the course! All equipment and lunch provided. This clinic is part of Outlook Nebraska’s fundraising golf tournament for Camp Abilities, a week-long residential sports camp for youth ages 9 to 19 who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind.

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