On October 17 more than 600 persons participated in 2010 National Day of HandiSport, a day-long event held on the grounds of the Haitian Ministry of Sport. Athletes participated in sports such as track, table tennis, powerlifting and boccia.
In addition to the sport festival, BlazeSports officials met with the Minister of Sport Daniel Pierre Charles to discuss future work on the island nation in support of persons with disabilities. While in Haiti, Ann Cody, BlazeSports’ director of policy and global outreach met with Special Advisor to the United Nations on Sport for Development Wilfried Lemke. Lemke expressed his strongest support for the partnership between the Haitian National Paralympic Committee and BlazeSports America.
BlazeSports also transported humanitarian supplies such as crutches, school materials for children and flashlights for distribution to persons with disabilities living in tent communities. Meetings were conducted with the leaders of a number of communities to determine how BlazeSports could best support the needs of persons with disabilities living in their area.
BlazeSports will return to Haiti early in 2011 for its next project with the Haitian Paralympic Committee.