FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: February 15, 2012
BlazeSports America Presents Adaptive Sports Demonstrations at Abilities Expo
February 17-19, 2012 Atlanta, GA
Contact: Jeff Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org ; 404-270-2036
BlazeSports America invites you to participate in series of disability sports demonstrations at the Abilities Expo, the nation’s largest event for individuals with disabilities and caregivers. Between Friday, February 17 and Sunday, February 19, 2012, an estimated three thousand visitors—people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, wounded veterans, and healthcare professionals—will arrive at the Georgia World Congress Center to take part in the Abilities Expo. Admission is free and show hours are Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.
Data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) indicates that more than 54 million Americans (one in five) have a disability and, of those, 35 million reported their disability as severe. Physical activity has numerous benefits for—and may be enjoyed by—all individuals, including and especially individuals with disabilities. In addition to keeping fit, active children with and without disabilities are more likely to thrive academically, socially, and psychologically. Active adults have lower rates of obesity, secondary health risks, and depression than their less active counterparts.
During the Expo, BlazeSports America’s experts and athletes with disabilities will be offering the following four adaptive sports demonstrations:
Friday, February 17, 2012:
12:00pm – 12:30pm Wheelchair Basketball
2:45pm – 3:15pm Boccia
Saturday, February 18, 2012:
12:30pm – 1:00pm Track and Road Racing
1:15pm – 1:45pm Goal Ball and Beep Baseball
BlazeSports invites all individuals interested in learning more about adaptive sports to join us for the demonstrations. Athletes and staff will be on hand to demonstrate techniques, skills, and equipment for each sport. For the full schedule of adaptive sports demonstrations, please visit: http://www.abilitiesexpo.com/atlanta/pavilions_adaptive.html
About BlazeSports America
BlazeSports America, a national non-profit organization, is the direct legacy organization of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Driven by a desire to provide all children and adults with physical disabilities the chance to play sports and live healthy, active lives, BlazeSports is dedicated to offering programs, education and tools worldwide. BlazeSports provides athletes with training, support and the opportunity to increase independence and improve health. Whether you’re a competitive athlete or just want to learn a new sport, see what BlazeSports has to offer. BlazeSports is also honored to be one of ten national organizations funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) initiative. Through this project, BlazeSports helps communities implement solid prevention policies that will help residents live longer, healthier lives.
About the Abilities Expo
For more than three decades, Abilities Expo has succeeded in improving the lives of Americans with disabilities, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals. This unique forum features three days of cutting-edge products and services, compelling workshops, fun-for-the-whole-family activities and has become the leading event for the community of people with disabilities (PWDs). More information on the Expo is available online at: http://www.abilitiesexpo.com/atlanta/v.html