The 11th Annual BlazeSports International Conference on Paralympic Sport and Physical Activity wrapped up today in Decatur, Georgia, and the consensus says that it was the best ever. The attendees who traveled in from across the country and the globe were treated to sessions from renowned experts and cutting-edge professionals. Training ranged from hands on coaching sessions to policy discussions to a primer on social media, and Orlando Magic Vice President and NBA legend Pat Williams gave a killer keynote address.
But the conference was not only about attendees receiving information from speakers; it was also about activists, coaches, athletes, and sport and recreation professionals from throughout the disability community coming together to forge friendships and strengthen existing bonds. The disability sports movement relies on these interpersonal connections to build strong networks, disseminate information, and organize events and initiatives. These last few days in Georgia helped to ensure that we—not just BlazeSports but all of us in the movement–will continue to succeed as we work to level the playing field for people with disabilities.
Congrats to everyone who help make the Conference such a profound success, and a big thanks to all the presenters and attendees!