Molly Quinn has become the first chief executive of USABA ©USABA

The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) has announced the appointment of Molly Quinn as the first chief executive of the organisation.

With more than 20 years of experience in sales, sports marketing and philanthropy, Quinn comes to USABA after a recruitment process was conducted by national executive search firm, Prodigy Search.

Quinn will now work with the Board, staff, members and stakeholders to develop, implement and achieve a new strategic plan to increase membership, expand programmes and develop new revenue streams, among other goals.

USABA executive director Mark Lucas will report to the new chief executive.

Speaking on behalf of the USABA Board, chairperson Michael Bina said: "We are delighted that Molly will be joining the USABA team.

"We look forward to her leading the expansion of our mission to involve more children and adults in life-changing physical activity.

"Under the leadership of executive director Mark Lucas, we are grateful that USABA established the USABA Goalball Center of Excellence in Fort Wayne in Indiana, and has earned a well-respected reputation within the US Olympic and Paralympic Movement, the International Blind Sports Federation, and national blindness organisations."

Quinn has previously worked with sports agencies, brands, national governing bodies and non-profits.

Prior to her move to the USABA, she worked as the vice-president of Fitness and Endurance Partnerships with the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis in Tennessee. 

"I am honoured to serve as the first USABA chief executive," she said.

"This role aligns with my personal passion and purpose around sports and fundraising.

"My career has been focused on creating life-changing experiences and partnerships that drive new revenue through events, services, and sponsorships, which I will continue at the USABA. 

Molly Quinn will oversee blind sports in the United States with USABA ©Getty Images
Molly Quinn will oversee blind sports in the United States with USABA ©Getty Images

"I look forward to leading an incredible organisation focused on providing opportunities for blind and visually impaired athletes to participate and compete.

"Through inclusion and diversity, I want to be a bigger part of empowering people to live and grow through sport; leading the USABA's mission will allow me to do just that."

Quinn also served on two Boards – Achieve Kids Tri and Triathlon Business International.

She is a keen swimmer and cyclist in her spare time.

Matt Simpson, the USABA Board athlete's representative, added: "Speaking for all of our goalball athletes and members, I am extremely excited to welcome Molly.

"Her experience and abilities will be a great asset seeking opportunities for athletes of all ability levels.

"We are all incredibly grateful for the staff leadership that has brought USABA to where it is today and are optimistic about the future of sport opportunities for people who are blind in the US, as well as our future successes on the international stage at Tokyo 2020 and beyond."

Quinn will begin her role with USABA on August 3.