ADAPTIVE SPORT: Goal-ball League Takes Off

A Paralympic sport for the blind and visually impaired is gaining popularity in the metro.

Goal-ball requires all players to be blindfolded, as they try to roll a ball across their opponents end line. There are bells inside the ball to help players track where it’s headed, and twine taped to the floor for boundary reference points. ¬†Adaptive Sports Iowa hosts a game each Friday night. Player John Patterson told Channel 13, “It’s different, that’s for sure. You think it’s going to be easy, but it really isn’t.”

No one has to pay to participate, that is part of Adaptive Sports Iowa’s mission. The organization was created in 2011 with the goal of supporting and growing sport and recreation programs for¬†Iowa’s physically disabled population.

On Thursday, the non-profit will host its very first benefit.

Attendees will watch a documentary called Movement, about a man who gets a serious spinal cord injury while skiing. After recovering, he returns to the mountain using adaptive equipment.

All proceeds will be used to pay for Adaptive Sports programs.

The event begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Principal Financial Group auditorium in downtown Des Moines. Tickets are $15 at the door.