BlazeSports America will partner with the Jordan Paralympic Committee and three major Jordanian universities in implementing a USAID funded project to promote development of opportunities for youth with disabilities through sport in Jordan. BlazeSports met with Prince Raad bin Zaid, President of the Jordan Paralympic Committee and the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities. Prince Raad expressed his great pleasure and support for the project. The Prince spoke of the power of sport in making a difference in the lives of persons with disabilities. Likewise, he spoke of the importance of international collaborations such as this project in preparing emerging leaders to serve the needs of persons with disabilities in developing nations such as Jordan. In addition, Secretary General Basel Horani of the Jordan Paralympic Committee met with BlazeSports and also pledged his support for the collaborative project.
The Deans of Physical Education (pictured on the banner L to R) – Dean Hussein Abu Al-Ruz of Yarmouk University, Dean Arabi Al-Moghrabi of University of Jordan and Dean Omar Hindawi of Hashemite University – also met with BlazeSports at the Jordan Paralympic Committee Headquarters in Amman. All agreed to work closely with BlazeSports in implementing the project. In addition, the Jordan Football (Soccer) Association also pledged to provide critical conference and athletic facilities in support of the project activities to be conducted in Amman over the next 2 years. Project activities will also be conducted in Irbid where Yarmouk University is located.
The collaborative project will be led in Jordan by Country Project Coordinator Dean Abu Al-Ruz who will be assisted by Dean Hindawi. BlazeSports will be establishing a country office in the first quarter of 2012 in Amman.
The project activities will include several train-the-trainer workshops as well as two major disability sport festivals. The sport activities in which workshops and clinics will be focused include the following:
- Wheelchair basketball
- Table tennis
- Soccer (5- and 7-aside)
- Track and Field