Gene Taylor, the NDSU Bison Athletic Director for the past nine years, is serving as the honorary chair for the 2010 North Dakota Association of the Blind Walk for Vision. During his tenure as athletic director, Taylor has played a pivotal role in leading the athletic program at NDSU as it has successfully transitioned to become a Division One NCAA Sports Institution.
The walk is scheduled to happen on Saturday morning, May 1, beginning at 9 a.m. at the NDSU Bison Sports Arena on the NDSU Campus. The arena is located off of University Drive between 16th and 17th Avenues North in Fargo.
Today, there are approximately 3700 North Dakotans who are "legally" blind and another 9300 that are visually impaired. Even though people may be affected by diminished or no eyesight, the Association of the Blind proclaims "life will go on after the Big E." What this statement implies is that even though one's eyesight has deteriorated to the point that they are unable to see the big E on the eye chart, there is much that can be accomplished if there is motivation to take on the challenges that blindness has imposed on a person's life.
To help people and families affected by blindness, North Dakota Association of the Blind offers service programs and people who have experienced this transition who are willing to serve others as mentors. Proceeds from the walk are used to support the costs of these service programs.
Area Lions clubs, service clubs, eye care providers, business and corporate entities help to sponsor the Vision Walk. The East Cass Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has committed supplemental funds and is again helping to sponsor this year's walk.
For further details or to participate, call Allan Peterson at 231-6040 or 282-4644, or Missy Miller at 298-8091.