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Camp Spark for blind youth teaches sports, exercise as ‘catalyst for greater independence’

Program support by Vancouver-based Northwest Association for Blind Athletes

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: July 6, 2023, 6:08am
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Programs specialist Matt Coelho, left, gives camper Audrey Walter, 18, a high five at Camp Spark in Sandy, Ore., on June 30, 2023. Camp Spark is a weeklong outdoor recreation camp tailored to youth aged 8 to 21 with visual impairments. This session in particular hosted campers who, in addition to visual impairments, have an additional intellectual disability.
Programs specialist Matt Coelho, left, gives camper Audrey Walter, 18, a high five at Camp Spark in Sandy, Ore., on June 30, 2023. Camp Spark is a weeklong outdoor recreation camp tailored to youth aged 8 to 21 with visual impairments. This session in particular hosted campers who, in addition to visual impairments, have an additional intellectual disability. (ELAYNA YUSSEN/For The Columbian) Photo Gallery

SANDY, Ore. — “Ready? On three, we’re going to push off with our left foot, OK? One, two, three, push down! Good, we got it!”

A duo on a tandem bike slowly moves forward before coasting with ease in a loose circle around a paved parking lot at the Oral Hull Foundation for the Blind.

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