Valley school plays sport for visually impaired athletes

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Imagine making a save --while completely blindfolded. It's just another game of Goalball for the athletes at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind.

"I like listening for it; I like trying to palm-solve --trying to figure out where to go," said Women's Captain Shaynne Racey. "It's a mind-and-the-ear game."

The players listen to the sound the ball makes when it's coming their way, diving on the hardwood to protect their goal. "You get so lost in the sport and just going all in the moment, all that kind of slips away," said Racey.

It's more than just a game, Men's Captain Sean Walker said the social interaction for the players is key.

"Maybe at home they're not going out as much, but when they come and do this sport they're part of a team and they're part of something that they can really relate to and everybody can get around," said Walker.

They also travel to tournaments to play against other schools for the blind, thus forming important relationships along the way.

Walker said,"Meeting people from other states and stuff it makes you realize hey it's not just this state, it gives you more of an open mind, hey it's a whole world, cultural thing."

The sport is widely popular in the blind community, it's even in the Paralympic games. "This is our football here, this is what we do," said Walker.

Thursday was the team's final home game of the regular season.