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Active for Life – Linking Students with Disabilities to Community Programs

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For students with physical disability, acquiring physical literacy is a necessary component of the physical education within the school. With limited opportunities within the school setting to participate in extracurricular and intramural sport and recreation programs, it is essential that PE and APE teachers understand the importance and process of linking students with disabilities to community programs.  This session will discuss how to help students with physical disability connect with and engage in community sport and recreational opportunities in order to leas a healthy and active lifestyle.

Presenter Pam Carey, Program Coordinator of Louisiana GUMBO (Games Uniting Mind and Body) will discuss the best practices used within the Louisiana Department of Education sponsored program.

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BlazeSports Featured at NCAA Equity and Inclusion Forum

Ann Cody

The 2012 NCAA Equity and Inclusion Forum entered a new era this week when it moved beyond the traditional topics of Title IX and women in sports topics to incorporate broader inclusion presentations and best practice discussions on race/ethnicity, LGBT and disability. On Tuesday, May 1st, Ann Cody delivered a keynote presentation on Expanding Our View: Equal Opportunity in Sport.

Paralympic gold medalist and Director of Policy and Global Outreach at BlazeSports America, Ann Cody spoke about her personal experience as a collegiate and elite athlete and provided insight into past, present, and future athletics opportunities for individuals with disabilities.  Following Ann’s keynote address, Illinois Head Coaches Mike Frogley and Stephanie Wheeler,  Dr. Ted Fay of SUNY Cortland, and Eli Wolff of Brown University delivered a compelling panel on Including Student-Athletes with Disabilities.

As a major force in amateur athletics in the United States, the NCAA has a key role to play in addressing the issue of disability and sport. While we have a long way to go still in creating equal opportunities in sport and physical activity for individuals with disabilities, BlazeSports is glad to see the Forum bring together NCAA affiliate organization partners and legal advisors, and provide an opportunity to exchange ideas with campus and conference leaders on these issues.

Ann’s Bio can be found HERE, and the forum agenda can be found HERE.


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BlazeSports America and Kennesaw University continue to work together.

BlazeSports America and Kennesaw University continue to work together to increase awareness and education of sport for people with physical disabilities.

BlazeSports visited Kennesaw this week to deliver a practical disability awareness session to the Recreation Programming class from the Sport Management Major. Students were introduced to 4 different Paralympic sports which included Boccia, Goal Ball, Wheelchair basketball and Sitting Volleyball.  The students played a competitive match in each sport.  This allowed them to try the equipment and fully experience the skill requirements and challenges faced by paralympic athletes.

Thanks to John David Johnson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Kennesaw State University for his continued support and partnership working

Photos by John David Johnson: Click Here

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