Date of Webinar: April 17, 2020
Imperative Movement can be broken down into two parts:
1. The first part is about the word Imperative. Imperative means that it is non-negotiable. It’s something that must be. For life, there must be water. For humans to live, we must have oxygen. Imperative means, “there is no alternative.”
2. By adding the second word, “Movement” to imperative, it means something that humanity has considered optional. But movement is not optional. Go back 2,000 years to survive; we were required to move to live, hunt, farm and travel on foot.
We enlisted the help of animals to help us move heavy loads, but, in large part….we moved ourselves. Fast forward to the 1900s and the Industrial Revolution. Men and women began making machines to help us move from place to place…the bicycle became motorized, so did trains, planes and automobiles. And now, with further technology, we have scooters, hoverboards, and even squirrel suits.
OIB-TAC Guest presenter: Mark Lucas, Executive Director of the United States Association of Blind Athletes
For more than 30 years, through sport, recreation, and physical activity, Mark Lucas has dedicated his life to positively impacting the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired, including leading the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes as the Executive Director for the past sixteen years.
Lucas has a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration from Ohio State University and a Master’s Degree from California State University in Therapeutic Recreation. He is recognized as an effective leader in the field of blindness. In 2013, he received a nomination from his peers for the Vision Serve Alliance Most Distinguished Leader Award and the American Optometry Association 2013 Distinguished Service Award.
Lucas serves as USABA’s chief spokesperson on sports for people who are blind, including at the U.S. Olympic Committee and internationally. In 2019, Lucas will Co-Chair the International Blind Sports Association World Goalball & Judo Paralympic Qualifying Tournament in Ft. Wayne, IN, June 30-July 10.
He enjoys serving as a guide runner for blind athletes, and last year he successfully guided the first blind runner in the Pike’s Peak International Marathon, which ascends to 14,111 feet in a time of 11 hours and 31 minutes.