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We do not have a permanent facility, but we use donated or rented space for all of our activities including:

Overbrook School for the Blind gymnasium Philadelphia Dept. of Recreation - Hayes Playground

Variety Club Camp and other facilities within the Delaware Valley

BSO Volunteers

            BSO’s volunteers are the backbone of the organization.  They include sorority members, parents, friends of blind athletes, sports enthusiasts, adapted PE students, administrators, and anyone who wishes to help.  There are many tasks that appeal to a variety of talents.  We are always looking for board members, coaches/program leaders, helpers, officials, drivers, fundraisers, grant writers.  No experience is necessary as we will train you.

Our Partners/Supporters

All of the following are essential to BSO’s ability to offer fitness, recreation, and self-esteem building programs:

          BSO’s Members

          Overbrook School for the Blind

          Parents & friends of Blind Sports

          Lions & Lionesses Clubs

          Delta Gamma Sorority

          United Way


BSO's Leadership

          Since the organization’s founding in 1974, BSO has been run by volunteers, several of whom have dedicated more than 40 hours per week, and many who have been involved for years.


Blind Sports Organization Board of Directors

          Matthew Shields, President

          Mark Gervasi, Secretary

          Jeffrey Rhines, Treasurer

          Christina Camuso

          John Margist, Athlete Representative

          Pam McGonigle

          Jenn Thorpe

          Sandy White

          Ali Zoghi


          Heidi White, Past President


BSO – Philly Chapter Leaders

          Steve Greenberg – Walk-Run Club

          Jeff Rhines- Beep Baseball

          Ernie Tyler - Men's Goalball

          Kassandra Hernandez and Rosemary Martin - Women's Goalball

          Vacant - Judo

          Justin Rhines– Youth Activities


BSO – Delaware Chapter Board (DABA)

          Patti Addison

          William Reece

          Amy Rotzinger


BSO Participants

          BSO’s athletes are the reason for the existence of the organization.  They range in age from 7 to over 70.  Our athletes range from those who are totally blind to those who have a visual acuity of 20/70, or they have a visual field of 20º or less.  Some participate for recreation and socialization, others aim for world-class competition. 

Our Foundress

          In 1974, the organization was started by Dr. Mae Davidow, a blind teacher, who believed that blind and visually impaired public school students and adults needed opportunities to benefit from fitness and self-esteem building physical and social activities. 

          She was an educator and an ardent advocate for the blind.  She set her goals high and worked tirelessly to achieve them.

            Dr. Davidow treated her own loss of sight as an inconvenience. She had been left nearly blind at age 10 as a result of spinal meningitis and mastoid surgery. Later she became totally blind.  Dr. Davidow maintained that blindness need not be a handicap for people with the courage and desire to succeed.

            A teacher at Overbrook for 36 years, Dr. Davidow led classes in civics, math, and occupational training. She was a pioneer in the use of the electronic abacus, and she collaborated on the development of the "talking calculator."  While pursuing research work, Dr. Davidow became the first blind person to earn master's and doctoral degrees at Temple University.  She wrote several books including: “A Guide for Social Competency” and “Abacus Made Easy”.

            Dr. Davidow also spent a lot of time organizing groups to work on behalf of the blind.  She said she aspired to get ''the sighted to accept the blind socially, professionally and economically."  With that in mind, Dr. Davidow started the Pennsylvania Association of Blind Athletes.  She also founded the Pennsylvania Council for the Blind, and served as its president. She was first woman to serve as president of the Pennsylvania Federation for the Blind. And she sat on Gov. Dick Thornburgh's Committee for the Handicapped.

            She herself was a lifelong blind athlete.  At age 75, she won gold medals for swimming and diving in a national competition sponsored by the U.S. Association for Blind Athletes in Long Beach, CA.

            Over the years, Dr. Davidow often said her philosophy for       success in life consisted of four words. And she wrote:

            The first is Give - Give of yourself

            The second is Help - Help others

            The third is Love - Love those about you

            The fourth is Work - Work with love, and love your work

On her death bed, she asked Sandy White, the BSO Sports Administrator, to ensure that PABA would continue.  Sadly, she passed away in June 1989 at age 77. 




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