Monthly Archives: August 2011
Georgia Blazers Wheelchair Basketball has begun training for the upcoming season. The team, led by Coach Cully Mason who himself was a highly successful Georgia Blazer, has 23 players on its roster. This number represents the largest contingent of players in BlazeSports’ history. Stay tuned to the BlazeSports website (BlazeSports.org) for results and highlights from the upcoming season.
2011 Four-Post Paralympic Regional Games comes to an end at Fort Benning
Day 3 started with a sitting volleyball match, the final competition of the three days of events. In the first match, Fort Benning beat Fort Gordon 2-0 (25-18, 25-12). In the second match, Fort Stewart and Fort Gordon played the most exciting match of the day. Fort Stewart needed a tiebreaker to defeat Fort Gordon 2-1 (25-15, 20-25, 15-6), setting up the final against the home team. In the big Sitting Volleyball final, Fort Benning had a tremendous performance to guarantee first place, beating Fort Stewart in a one game match (25-15).
Follow a morning of exciting volleyball, the Fort Benning staff held an Awards Ceremony. The final standings for the Regional Games were:
- Fort Benning – 1086.6 pts
- Fort Gordon – 1038.3 pts
- Fort Stewart – 953.3 pts
- Fort Jackson – 806.3 pts
After the Awards Ceremony, BlazeSports staff, Cheryl Holiday, Cully Mason, and Felipe Rodrigues, were honored to receive from LTC, LG Gregory Hopkins a Certificate of Appreciation and a medal from Fort Benning Warrior Transition Battalion for the support, dedication, and commitment to the Warrior Transition soldiers during the 2011 Four-Post Paralympic Regional Games.
Wheelchair Basketball Tops Day 2 of Competition at Fort Benning
Day 2 was divided between wheelchair basketball and sit volleyball. Basketball was up first with a morning clinic. Georgia Blazer Head Coach, Cully Mason, implemented the clinic and reviewed basic rules and offensive and defensive strategies. Once the clinic ended, efforts turned to a very competitive tournament between Fort Benning, Fort Gordon, and Fort Stewart. In the first match, Fort Gordon beat Fort Stewart in a very close game with a final score of 12 to 10. After the win, Fort Gordon had the chance to analyze their opponent in the tournament final when Fort Stewart took on the home team Fort Benning. The home team had a great game and won 23 to 12, setting up the championship game against Fort Stewart. In front of a crowd of approximately 50 spectators, Fort Benning got another win, 18 to 5, in a game that was much closer than the final score suggested. The home crowd celebrated Fort Benning’s win, rushing the court to congratulate the winners! The afternoon of Day 2 was spent in a sitting volleyball clinic for 15 players and a crowd of 24 spectators. Blaze staff Cheryl Holiday coordinated skills and drills to get the squads ready for the final day of competition, which will start at 9am with the volleyball tournament followed by the awards ceremony.
BlazeSports America Supports Warrior Transition Battalion Clinic & Competition Games
A team of three BlazeSports staff traveled to Columbus, Georgia to assist SFC Ronald Black and the Fort Benning Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB) with a three day WTB Clinic & Competition Games. The Games are part of an ongoing U.S. Paralympic Military program that involves warriors in transition from the three major military bases in Georgia (Fort Benning, Fort Stewart and Fort Gordon) and Fort Jackson in South Carolina. Day 1 of the Games included clinics in air weapons and archery. BlazeSports staff Felipe Rodrigues, Cully Mason and Cheryl Holiday assisted in the management of the archery clinic and competition. BlazeSports partnered with two local companies to coordinate the archery clinic and competition. Technical assistance was provided by Ginger Hopwood a USA Archery Level 4 Coach from the Archery Learning Center of Snellville, GA and Phillip Baldowski, who is ranked 17th in the country and is trying to make the US Olympic Archery team that will compete in London 2012. Five targets and targets stands were provided by Patrick Reinhardt of Last Chance Archery of Pendergrass, GA.
After a morning of practice, WTB warriors went head to head in ten round archery competition. Each participant shot three arrows per round for a total of 30 arrows. Fort Jackson came out on top with Terry Blogg scoring 283 points out of 300 possible. In second place, representing Fort Gordon, Corey Simpson scored 279 points, followed by Fort Gordon’s teammate William Taylor who finished with 274 points in a tie with Charles Davis, representing Fort Benning.
2012 Wheelchair Tennis Tour
A new Wheelchair Tour similar to that of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Aussie Open is set to begin in January, 2012. The tour will be a preliminary event before the 2012 Australian Open. The new tennis tour initiated by Tennis Australia will provide a unique opportunity to raise public awareness of disability and offer the unprecedented step of promoting wheelchair tennis. The Australian Wheelchair Tennis Tour will be held in four major Australian cities – Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney before the beginning of the invitational Australian Open. Wheelchair Tennis will be one of 20 sports played at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. For more information please visit: Wheelchair Tennis Guide
BlazeSports America has been awarded significant funding to support its international work in promoting development through sport, increasing the visibility of persons with disabilities in society for human rights, health enhancement, and the creation of peace and mutual understanding between societies. The recently awarded funding from US Agency for International Development (USAID); United European Football Association (UEFA) and United Nations Office of Sport for Development and Peace; and US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs supports BlazeSports’ ongoing projects in Haiti and Jordan and also adds Russia to the countries with which we are working.