BlazeSports’ 2012 Roosevelt Games to Honor President Franklin Roosevelt
April 10 – 14, 2012 Warm Springs, Georgia
Every April 12, veterans, soldiers, historians, and citizens from all walks of life gather at the “Little White House” to reflect on the anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s passing in Warm Springs, Georgia. It was here in 1945 that one of the most beloved American presidents succumbed to a stroke while posing for a portrait in the den of his home away from home.
This year’s FDR Commemorative Ceremony is to be especially memorable, as it coincides with the 2012 Roosevelt Games hosted by BlazeSports America at the nearby at the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation (RWSIR). Running from April 10th through the 14th, this first-year event is a Paralympic-style competition designed specifically for veterans and active duty service personnel with physical disabilities. Athletes will complete in archery, bowling, cycling, track and field, sitting volleyball, swimming, and wheelchair basketball.
On Thursday, April 12th, athletes will attend the 9 a.m. FDR Commemorative Ceremony on the lawn of the Little White House. The program also includes an appearance from the Army color guard and music by the U.S. Army Infantry Center Band. Afterward, visitors will be invited to tour FDR’s modest home, as well as the museum that holds the unfinished portrait, his hand-controlled roadster, and audio recordings of his famous Fireside Chats. Admission is free until noon on April 12.
Roosevelt’s Little White House is Georgia’s most-visited historic site. It was the vacation home where the four-term president sought solace from the pressures of leading the country through the Great Depression and World War II. He first visited rural Georgia during his tenure as Governor of New York to swim in the naturally warm springs that were thought to bring relief from polio. He was so charmed with the area that he a home built there, which he used as a retreat up until the time of his death. To learn more, Contact Jeff Jones firstname.lastname@example.org / 404-270-2036, or visit GeorgiaStateParks.org/LittleWhiteHouse or call 706-655-5870.
The grant funding for this program is awarded by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, through funding provided by Veterans Affairs. The grants are provided to facilitate the growth of Paralympic sport programming for disabled Veterans and disabled members of the Armed Forces.