The idea of Blind Endeavors originated from Steve Baskis. In 2008 he lost his eyesight from a bomb hitting his vehicle while on patrol in Iraq. After participating in programs that involved everything from mountaineering to skiing and cycling, Steve found that he could still accomplish these types of endeavors even though he was completely blind. He just had to do things a little differently.
Blind Endeavors revolves around the idea that “Moving is Living”. With blindness and the lack of seeing things around you, the world can seem very “still”. By getting out, be it just walking down the street or trekking up a 14,000 foot mountain, getting the blood flowing, sharing stories with others and becoming part of a team can make the world feel more “alive”.
One of the quotes you’ll hear from Steve goes something like this:
“BLINDNESS IS A LIFE LONG CHALLENGE. STARE INTO THE DARKNESS AND YOU’LL NEVER FIND YOUR WAY. EXPLORE THROUGH THE DARKNESS AND YOU’RE BOUND TO STUMBLE UPON A GREAT ADVENTURE.”
The organization strives to not only encourage those with disabilities to go out and participate in recreation athletic activities, but we’re also here to help develop the equipment, techniques and programs needed to accomplish these endeavors.
While much of the focus is with those that are visually impaired, we also extend out to individuals that have other disabilities. We are made up of a diverse group. Some of us are visually impaired, some military veterans, some are amputees, some are students, some are newly injured and some very familiar with their injuries. This diversity allows us to understand the challenges of others and to help inspire others.
Life can consist of many Blind Endeavors for anyone. Let’s move and live together…