Tennessee Association of Blind Athletes

Living active and fulfilling lives through adventure!

Camp Overview


TNABA is excited to offer our very first Adaptive Sports Camp, TOTALLY FREE of charge, thanks to the generous support from our three community partners, The Predators Foundation, the TN School for The Blind, and the NFB of TN. This year’s inaugural camp will primarily teach the fundamentals of the premier team sport for those living with vision loss, Goalball, however we will also feature a few other sports and recreational activities. Camp VIVA is founded on the same simple principles as the TNABA’s mission, which is to provide the opportunity for inclusive activities for the entire family/community, no matter their ability and skill levels. What makes Camp VIVA so unique is the empowering learning peer on peer mentoring environment. That’s right, camp attendees will interact and learn from a wide range of successful adult and youth TNABA athletes, that already choose not to let blindness keep them from living life to its fullest, teaching much more than rules, techniques, and strategies on the court, rather life lessons off the playing field as well! VIVA means “to live”, and that is exactly what we want to instill throughout this three day camp, far impacting lives past the camps duration.


Dates & Location


Camp VIVA will be held on the beautiful campus of the TN School for the Blind, 115 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville TN 37214, from Friday December 16th thru Sunday December 18th. Registration will begin at 5 pm on Friday, and pickup on Sunday will be at 4pm.


Eligible Campers


This unique camp is open to any middle Tn visual impaired youth, ages 10 – 18 years old, and their sighted siblings within the same age level.


Featured Activities


Again Goalball will be the primary focus of this camp, however the following activities, sports, and workshops will also be featured during the camp;


  • Beep Kickball

  • Fitness & Exercise

  • Beep Baseball

  • Archery

  • Nutrition

  • 1Touch Self Defense

  • Self Awareness & Advocacy

Activities are still being scheduled, including a potential trip to the Saturday December 17th Predators Home Game against the Rangers. Check back often to see updated activities, as well as, a full camp schedule, which will be posted by December 5th.

Registration


TNABA's Camp VIVA is 100% FREE to register and attend for any Middle TN Youth whom are visually impaired or blind. Thanks to generous support from the Nashville Predators Foundation. Non-Middle TN visually impaired youth ages 10 - 18 are also welcome, and can attend for just $20 per camper. a limited amount of Scholarships are available if needed. Simply answer the necessary questions on the registration form to see if you qualify for a scholarship.


Your registration covers 3 days full of exciting fun, meals, overnight accommodations, equipment, an event T-shirt, and the guidance of experienced and qualified coaches and mentors.


Why not give your children the opportunity to bond during this exciting weekend by registering your child's brother or sister, so they can gain a more loving appreciation of their own abilities, while learning new sports they can play together. Siblings of visual impaired campers can register for just $20.00, limit of 2 siblings per camper, ages 10 -18.

To register for Camp VIVA, simply CLICK HERE to fill out the registration form. Once we receive your registration you will receive a follow up email with a few additional waivers and forms to sign and bring with you to the camp. Additional emails will be sent to you with updates and further details about the camp. If you have any questions or need assistance filling out the form, contact Camp Director, Ashley Thomason at 615-544-5222 or by email at info@tnaba.org.

More about Camp Staff and Counselors/mentors

The safety of all TNABA participants is top priority. All TNABA staff and peer counselors/Mentors are required to have current background checks on file with TNABA. Likewise, any instructors and coaches are required to maintain Safe Sport certification. TNABA holds every program we offer to the highest standard and ensures anyone that presents on behalf of TNABA is experienced in their perspective field to ensure safety and integrity. Our camp counselors have been handpicked for their knowledge and experience, and all have successful and positive stories that we hope will inspire, encourage, and help support lifelong growth.