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Goalball, a sport invented for blind WWII vets, catches on at Cal
Goalball, a sport invented for blind WWII vets, catches on at Cal

The athletes wear plastic black-out goggles and throw or block a ball filled with bells. Just outside the boundaries of the playing court in UC Berkeley's recreational gym, two guide dogs rest on the floor, and several sets of canes are propped against the wall. This is a practice session for goalball, a little-known sport that was invented as rehabilitation for blinded military veterans in Europe after World War II. This year, UC Berkeley launched what is thought to be the nation's first competitive collegiate goalball team; a handful of other campuses joined in hopes that the sport will spread and receive NCAA recognition. After playing recently in their first...

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