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WATERTOWN – The significance was immeasurable.
Never before in the 185-year history of the Perkins School had it ever hosted an Eastern Athletic Association for the Blind goalball tournament.
But that changed this past Friday and Saturday, when 60 goalball athletes representing eight schools along the East Coast, including Florida and West Virginia, flooded into the Howe Building Gymnasium on campus.
“In the words of our kids, I would say, ‘it’s epic,’ ” said Megan O’Connell-Copp, a third-year adaptive physical education teacher at Perkins who has been coaching the sport for 14 years.
Goalball, developed in 1946 to help visually impaired World War II veterans in their rehabilitation, involves two teams of three players competing against each other.