More Than 100 Athletes Competed in the Annual Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind

MORE THAN 100 ATHLETES FROM SEVEN EAST COAST SCHOOLS COMPETED IN RUNNING, THROWING AND JUMPING EVENTS DURING THE ANNUAL EASTERN ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION FOR THE BLIND (EAAB) TRACK & FIELD TOURNAMENT AT NEW YORK INSTITUTE FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION

More than 100 blind and visually impaired athletes from seven schools for the blind as far as Virginia and Massachusetts, tested their prowess in running, throwing and jumping events during the 2017 Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind (EAAB) Track and Field Tournament held at the New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE) on Saturday, May 13.

Participating athletes, including those from NYISE, ranged in age from 13 to 21 years old and represented seven schools for the blind: Maryland School for the Blind (MD), NYISE (NY), Overbrook School for the Blind (PA), Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (VA), Perkins School for the Blind (MA), West Virginia School For the Blind (WV) and North Carolina School for the Blind (NC).

Athletes in multiple divisions competed in events across three categories: Running (50, 75, 220, 440 and 800 yards; and one mile); Throwing (football, softball and shot put); and Jumping (standing jump, triple jump and running long jump). Concluding the event, each of the competitors received an award during the tournament’s closing ceremony.

The New York Institute for Special Education, founded in 1831 as The New York Institute for the Education of the Blind, is one of the oldest and most respected schools in the nation that provides specialized services for children with disabilities. Located in the Bronx since 1924, NYISE provides quality programs for more than 300 students from New York City’s five boroughs, Westchester County and upstate New York, including more than 120 children from the Bronx, ages 3 to 5, who attend its preschool.

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Student athletes set-off in one of the several running events during the 2017 Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind (EAAB) Track and Field Tournament held at the New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE) on Saturday, May 13. More than 100 blind and visually impaired athletes from seven schools for the blind as far as Virginia and Massachusetts, tested their prowess in running, throwing and jumping events. (Credit: James Rivera)

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A New York Institute for Special Education track and field team member competes in one of the jumping events during the 2017 Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind (EAAB) Track and Field Tournament held at the New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE) on Saturday, May 13. More than 100 blind and visually impaired athletes from seven schools for the blind as far as Virginia and Massachusetts, tested their prowess in running, throwing and jumping events. (Credit: James Rivera)

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A New York Institute for Special Education track and field team member competes in the football throw, one of the events that took place during the 2017 Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind (EAAB) Track and Field Tournament held at the New York Institute for Special Education (NYISE) on Saturday, May 13. More than 100 blind and visually impaired athletes from seven schools for the blind as far as Virginia and Massachusetts, tested their prowess in running, throwing and jumping events. (Credit: James Rivera)

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Members of the New York Institute for Special Education’s track and field team stretch prior to competition during the 2017 Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind (EAAB) Track and Field Tournament, held at the Institute on Saturday, May 13. More than 100 blind and visually impaired athletes from seven schools for the blind as far as Virginia and Massachusetts, tested their prowess in running, throwing and jumping events. (Credit: Kevin Figueroa)

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EAAB-Trophy
Members of the New York Institute for Special Education’s girls track and field team proudly display their medals and a trophy won at the 2017 Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind (EAAB) Track and Field Tournament, held at the Institute on Saturday, May 13. More than 100 blind and visually impaired athletes from seven schools for the blind as far as Virginia and Massachusetts, tested their prowess in running, throwing and jumping events. (Credit: Kevin Figueroa)

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