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Boys Town National Research Hospital logo​Contact: Colin Crawford
Media Coordinator, Marketing and Communications

July 11, 2016
For Immediate Release

Week-long Sports Camp for Children who are Blind or Visually Impaired

OMAHA, NEB. - July 17 – 22, 2016 will be a week to remember for 20 Nebraska children who are blind or visually impaired as they fill their days and nights with many camp activities.

Camp Abilities Nebraska is a 6-day, 5-night sports camp for youth ages 9-19, who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind that will take place Sunday, July 17-Friday, July 22, at the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs.

Camp Abilities Nebraska will explore sports and recreational activities in a safe environment with instructors from the University of Nebraska-Omaha who are highly trained in adaptive physical education. This year, youth will enjoy a week of swimming, beep baseball, tandem cycling, archery, fishing, trampolines, kayaking, golf and other recreational and sporting activities. Each evening, the youth will share their accomplishments with friends and camp leaders during a Care to Share activity.

“Youth are empowered through Camp Abilities as they learn and enjoy activities with only minor modifications,” said Kristal Platt, Vision Program Coordinator at Boys Town National Research Hospital. “The shared experience of coming together as a community is priceless and builds life-long skills like developing self-esteem and self-determination.”

Boys Town National Research Hospital and Outlook Nebraska, Inc. (ONI) are proud to co-sponsor Camp Abilities Nebraska. Camp Abilities Nebraska is also supported by the Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Nebraska Foundation for Visually Impaired Children, Millard Foundation, Omaha Association of the Blind, Yahoo Employee Foundation, Shopko Foundation, Nebraska Chapter of the National Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments, WhyArts? and Adah and Leon Millard Foundation. The Valmont Foundation, Kind World Foundation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska also support Camp Abilities Nebraska with contributions made through ONI.


Camp Abilities Nebraska activities will take place at Iowa School for the Deaf. Interviews with campers will be available Tuesday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To schedule photo opportunities and interviews, please contact Colin Crawford at 531-355-6624 or

About ONI

Established in 2000, ONI provides employment and workplace training, as well as other opportunities, to the blind and visually impaired. Recognized as the Greater Omaha Chamber’s 2014 Innovator of the Year, ONI is the largest employer of the blind and visually impaired in Nebraska and the only agency of its kind in a seven-state region. The organization provides independence and confidence-building services for its associates and the community, including social activities, education, technology training for blind and visually impaired individuals, and health and wellness programs. For more information about ONI, visit


Boys Town National Research Hospital is an international leader in research on childhood deafness, vision and communication disorders. For 40 years, Boys Town Hospital has been dedicated to providing leading edge clinical care, pioneering translational research and improving the lives of children and their families through applied technology and educational outreach programs.