Goalball? Boccia? A Paralympic Sports Primer

John Kusku of the United States, works to block the ball during the men's preliminary round Group B goalball match against China, during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, at Future Arena, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. United States won 5 - 2. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
John Kusku of the United States, works to block the ball during the men's preliminary round Group B goalball match against China, during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, at Future Arena, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. United States won 5 - 2. Mauro Pimentel / AP Photo
John Kusku of the United States, works to block the ball during the men's preliminary round Group B goalball match against China, during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, at Future Arena, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. United States won 5 - 2. (AP Photo/Mauro Pimentel)
John Kusku of the United States, works to block the ball during the men's preliminary round Group B goalball match against China, during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, at Future Arena, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. United States won 5 - 2. Mauro Pimentel / AP Photo

Goalball? Boccia? A Paralympic Sports Primer

Have you ever heard of Goalball? That’s one of two sports unique to the Summer Paralympics. With the 2016 Games currently underway, we wanted to take a closer look at the unique activities bringing 4,342 athletes to Rio this year. 

And what about Chicago Paralympians? Follow the continuing olympic action in Brazil with the Paralympic Games. 

Morning Shift talks with Ben Shpigel of the New York Times who’s currently covering the Rio Paralympic games. Plus, we hear from Keri Serota, the Executive Director of Chicago-based Dare2Tri, about the local Paralympic scene and the organization helping these athletes cross the finish line.