Club VIBES (Visually Impaired/Blind Enhanced Services) is a free mentoring service for visually impaired or blind youth and their parents/guardians residing in or around the Knoxville, Tennessee area. Established in November 2008, Club VIBES is a chartered not-for-profit organization registered with the state of Tennessee and Knox County.
Club VIBES is made up of a group of volunteers who care about visually impaired youth as they make the transition into an independent adult life. Through mentoring, these volunteers teach independent living skills and provide Club members with educational activities which model, develop and reinforce social and leadership skills. Social outings and special events also are used as learning opportunities.
Club VIBES member Allison Alexander was featured in the Maryville Times on Sunday June 15th. This article gave an excellent overview of Club VIBES and the upcoming Cycling for Sight ride. To open this article in a new window, click here.
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Club VIBES held their Annual Volunteer Appreciation picnic June 1st at the Safety City Fields. Kathy Holloway, Secretary of the Board and mother of member Sarah, received the Volunteer of the Year award for the hard work she has contributed this past year. Kathy helped Club VIBES secure a Grant that will pay for new bicycle helmets and she has been actively participating in fundraising for the California Cycling for Sight trip. Emily Stroud with WBIR was unable to attend but she also received a Volunteer of the Year award for her help ‘behind the scenes.’ WBIR has broadcast a story each month in 2014 focusing on Club VIBES. In April, Emily arranged for Club VIBES to play the WBIR Heartbreakers on Live at Five at Four. Thank you Emily!
Also a big Thank You to the Early Morning String Dusters who volunteered their time to come out and play some wonderful bluegrass music for those in attendance.
It’s called kickball but it is very different. There’s no pitcher, only first and third bases, the kickball beeps and everyone wears blindfolds during a game of Beeping Kickball. That levels the playing field for those who can see and those who are blind. The team from Club VIBES challenged WBIR’s Heartbreakers to a game at Fuse Sportsplex Tuesday afternoon. Click here to view the Live at Five at Four episode.
Six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone is connected in six or fewer steps thorough people they know and mutual friends. Emily Stroud has a small world story that connects East Tennessee to California with a common cause. Click here to view the story about Club VIBES, The Blind Stokers Club of California and Cycling for Sight.
An East Tennessee woman doesn’t let her physical disabilities get in her way. Twenty three years ago Sarah Holloway was born early and suffered some serious health consequences. She’s visually impaired and that’s not all. Click here to view the story about Sarah receiving her new prothesis for tandem riding.
You don’t have to be able to see to climb an indoor rock wall. Belayers at River Sports Outfitters help the visually impaired succeed at this sport. Click here to read the story, watch the interviews and climb along with Club VIBES member Joe Tibbetts!
An East Tennessee 14 year old has performed in talent shows and with the Knoxville Children’s Choir. She’s also an active member of Club VIBES. Click here to read the story and see the interview with Club VIBES member McKenzie Ayers
We would like to send a special THANK YOU to our Silver Comet sponsors Missy Kane and Covenant Health, West Bike Shop and Eddie’s Health Shoppe. Everyone had an amazing time and the door prizes were wonderful! To view the WBIR News story with Missy Kane and Sue Buckley, click here.
WBIR did a follow up story about Club VIBES member Allison Alexander when she picked up her tandem. Click here to view the story.
Click on the link below to view the March 2013 news story about Club VIBES member and Challenged Athletes Foundation Grant Winner Allison Alexander. Congratulations Allison!
Click on the videos below to view Club VIBES Tandem Biking News Story Part I and II from 2012.