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Jen Armbruster, a star basketball player in high school, didn’t let life slow her down when she went blind at 17. She shifted gears, becoming a star in another sport: goalball, a fast-paced game designed for the visually impaired.


On Aug. 18, Armbruster, PSU’s coordinator of inclusive recreation, will head to London for the 2012 Paralympic Games as a member of the U.S women’s goalball team.

The Paralympics, for athletes with disabilities, is held in conjunction with the Olympic Games. Armbruster has played in every Paralympics since 1992, and was the American flag bearer in 2008 in Beijing when the team took the gold medal.

At PSU, Armbruster is in charge of making sure the campus rec center can be people of all abilities. She also coordinates goalball games, wheelchair basketball, and even ski, kayak and hiking trips for people with disabilities.

She doesn’t let limitations stand in her way, and wants others to approach life in the same way.

“Sports are huge for me. So when I went blind I approached goalball as an athlete, not as a blind person,” she said.

Join us for a sendoff party for Jen Armbruster and other Portland Paralympians.

Tuesday, Aug. 14
4 to 5 p.m.
Academic and Student Rec Center Lobby