Veterans Center Stage in Two National Competitions!

Trials UPDATE:

Congratulations to veteran and Blazer CeCe Mazyck, several Georgia natives, and all the athletes who earned a place on the U.S. Paralympic Track & Field team this weekend! To earn a spot on her first
U.S. Paralympics Track & Field team, CeCe threw a personal best 20.64 meters winning the Women Javelin Throw 33/34/52-58 event. We are very proud to be supporting CeCe as she prepares for her first Paralympics.  Way to go CeCe!

Original Blog

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games (held in Richmond, VA) are closing out a week of competition in 20 different sports.  Since last year’s Games in Pittsburgh, BlazeSports has been working with a number of veterans by offering bowling, track and field, swimming and an open gym program. BlazeSports also hosted the 2012 Roosevelt Games and took veterans to the 2012 Dixie Games, all to help get our veterans ready for the 2012 NVWG.  Rodney Roscoe, Marvin Brown, and Calvin Ingram are three Atlanta area veterans who have trained hard for the 2012 Games. To follow their results visit the results page at:

http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/wcg/results/results.asp
The 2012 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Trials are also being held this weekend (June 29th – July 1st) at the Michael A. Carroll Track and Soccer Stadium located on the Indiana University Purdue University – Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus (downtown Indianapolis, Ind.). This event is IPC Approved and will serve as a qualification competition for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.  The top ranked athletes from this competition will represent Team USA at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Ce-Ce Mazych, former Army Airborne, has been partially supported by BlazeSports through our US Paralympic/VA Military program. Ce-Ce was one of four veterans to travel with BlazeSports to Tampa for the 2012 Dixie Games. Ce-Ce is also taking advantage of BlazeSports’ Equipment Loan Program borrowing a racing wheelchair while she explores wheelchair racing as a sport. Ce-Ce has met the US Paralympic/VA military standard in field events and hopes to perform well in her best event, the javelin, to earn herself a spot on her first Paralympic Team.

Get to know Ce-Ce by watching the following videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paDagXm5HcY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

For more information on the US Paralympic Track & Field Trials visit:

http://www2.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Sports/Track-and-Field/2012-u-s-paralympics-track-field-trials.aspx

Best wishes to all the athletes in both the National Veterans Wheelchair Games and the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Trials!

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Walk to London

As we approach the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London this summer, over 15 U.S. cities are hosting Walk to London events.  These events are designed to promote awareness of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the athletes that have represented the United States in those Games, and engage the communities in physical activity.  One goal of the Walk to London events is to accumulate enough miles walked and wheeled among all the communities to represent the distance from Los Angeles to London.  Both London and Los Angeles are two-time Olympic host cities with London soon to become the only city to host three Games.

Join us in Atlanta, June 23rd at Centennial Olympic Park from 12-4:00 p.m. as we celebrate the Games, Atlanta’s legacy as an Olympic and Paralympic host city and the Olympians and Paralympians that make their home in the Peach State.  For more information on the event please visit the info website: http://walktolondonatl.com and the event website:http://walktolondonatl.eventbrite.com/

 

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US Paralympic Soccer Team Blog #2

The US Paralympic Team with their Bronze medals

By guest blogger, Josh McKinney, US Paralympic Soccer Athlete

 BlazeSports is pleased to bring you guest blog stories from US Paralympic Soccer team members as we lead up to the London 2012 Paralympics in August. On May 21st, we introduced you to Josh McKinney and Chris Ahrens who were preparing for BT Paralympic World Cup competition in Great Britain. Josh is back to share with us the results of the tournament and fill us in on what’s next for the team.

“Hey everyone its Josh McKinney with the Paralympic soccer team again. Back home after our trip to the BT Paralympic World Cup where we finished with a Bronze medal! It was great to finish on a strong note after starting the Tournament with a loss. Also looking forward for our next training camp which starts June 10th. I will also be participating in a few camps for kids while I’m out there should be a good time and a great chance to play some soccer!”

In 2011, the US Paralympic Soccer Team finished in 8th at the CP-ISRA World Championships to qualify for the 2012 Paralympics. The US team missed out on the Beijing games in 2008 and the athletes are excited to be returning to the Paralympics this summer. Past visits to the Paralympics include the Atlanta, Sydney and Athens games. The best finish for the US team at a Paralympic Games was 4th in 1996.  BlazeSports wishes the team well at training camp, and congratulations again on your World Cup Bronze! 

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Packing for Overnight Camp? Reduce Stress and Send Your Child Off Well Prepared!

By Leah Howard, Assistant Director of Policy and National Initiatives and mother of three

For many youth, overnight camp is a highlight of the summer break.  It is a time to reconnect with friends, enjoy some independence from mom and dad, and build memories to last a lifetime. But for us parents, the effort of preparing and sending off your “little one” can often lead you to stress and angst. While I cannot make the drop off and final goodbye any easier (although for me just knowing you are not alone in wondering how they grew up so fast helps!), my colleagues and I can offer you a few tips to help make the packing experience a little less painful.

When it comes to packing for camp, BlazeSports’ staff has heard it all – from the favorite hat forgotten at home, to too many items of clothing (or not enough), to what defines appropriate camp attire, to the forgotten toothpaste, or the realization after a youth has arrived that last year’s bathing suit is too small.  So whether you have a child headed to BlazeCamp on June 5th or another overnight camp program near your home, we offer you the following  packing tips to get your child’s week started off on the right foot!

What to Bring 

Any necessary medication (along with required camp medication form(s))

Casual clothing and/or sports attire (enough to cover entire cap stay without laundering plus extras as appropriate):
Shorts of appropriate length
T-shirts (please DO NOT bring spaghetti strap shirts, low-cut v-necks, or clothing with inappropriate graphics and/or    advertisements)
Long pants
Rain jacket or poncho
Comfortable tennis shoes
Socks
Underwear
Pajamas
Sweatshirt or long sleeve
Hat & sunglasses if sun sensitive
Bathing Suit
Personal floatation device if needed for swimming
Personal sports equipment if camp is offering different sports
Toiletries (Placing these items in a waterproof bag is helpful.)
Toothbrush & toothpaste
Deodorant
Soap
Shampoo
Sunscreen
Bug Repellant
Personal care supplies as needed (cathing supplies, Depends or disposable undergarments, Wipes-be sure to bring   EXTRAS.)

Other Helpful Items
Alarm Clock
Small sling bag or book bag (optional) –prevent several trips back to the cabin throughout the day.
Disposable Camera (optional)
Blanket (optional at BlazeCamp as linens are provided by facility. Check your camp’s policy)
Your favorite pillow (optional), camp pillows sometimes just don’t do the job
Beach Towel (optional)
Flashlight & new batteries (optional)
Water Bottle with your name on it!!!

What to Leave at Home
Expensive sound, photographic or video equipment (i.e. DVD players, cell phone, etc.)
Other Valuables (i.e. jewelry, extra money).
Candy or gum.

And don’t forget, labeling everything with your child’s name increases the likelihood of the items coming back to you at the end of camp!

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