BlazeSports was on the scene at the Governor’s Mansion honoring London 2012 Olympians and Paralympians

London 2012 Paralympians and Olympians with Governor Nathan Deal, First Lady Mrs. Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, United Kingdom Consul-General Annabelle Malins

BlazeSports was thrilled to be recognized at the special event hosted by Governor Nathan Deal and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle honoring Georgia Olympians and Paralympians who competed at the London 2012 Games.  Click Here to vew images from the event.

L-R: Consul-General Annabelle Malins, Billy Payne, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Mackenzie Coan, Governor Nathan Deal, First Lady Mrs. Deal


L-R: Consul-General Annabelle Malins, Billy Payne, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, Lantz Lamback, Governor Nathan Deal, First Lady Mrs. Deal

Blazesports’ coverage of the 2012 Paralympic Games

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BlazeSports Disability Sport Training a Success in Amman


In partnership with the Jordan Football Assocation (FA) and the Jordan National Paralympic Committee, BlazeSports concluded its two week training program in Amman, Jordan with two disability football hands-on and interactive courses. Through this November training series alone, 208 participants attended training sessions on 7 different topics as a result of USAID-funding in Jordan. These courses were made possible through partnerships with the Jordan NPC, Scottish Disability Sport, CPISRA, Jordan FA, and International Table Tennis Federation.

Many of the participants trained during this project will deliver sport programs in their own communities with a focus on recruitment and identification of athletes with physical disabilities. A second series of workshops and multi-sport festivals are being planned in the coming months.

Pictures from trainings series in Jordan

Week 2
The first of the two courses provided course participants with the tools to positively include individuals with disabilities into mainstream football sessions. This course also provided participants with information about various disability groups and the opportunities available for footballers with impairments to enjoy and realize their full potential within the sport.

The second 2-day course, delivered in partnership with CPISRA, provided the course participants with background information on Cerebral Palsy 7-A-Side Football and opportunities to apply newly obtained skills in session design, tactical awareness and classification, in particular with members of the recently formed Jordanian CP Football program.

Week 1
BlazeSports and the Jordan National Paralympic Committee (NPC), hosted Disability Sport Education Courses in General Disability Sport, Athletics, Boccia, Wheelchair Basketball, and Table Tennis. Jordan NPC Technical Director, Jasser Nuweiran remarked, “It’s been 4 years since the JPC has hosted Paralympic trainings in Amman. We couldn’t be happier with [our] new agreement with BlazeSports. This week we saw the interest in Paralympic sport rise and we were able to train over 100 students, coaches, and administrators.”

Over 50 coaching education candidates are expected to attend the second week of the training series facilitated by BlazeSports and Cerebral Palsy International Sport and Recreation Association (CPISRA) at the Prince Ra’ad Bin Zeid Sports Complex and at the Jordan Football Association (JFA).

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Auburn University Enters the NWBA Intercollegiate Division

Auburn University is the latest addition to the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s (NWBA) Intercollegiate Division.  After two years of competing in Division III of the NWBA the Auburn University program has joined the American Conference of the NWBA Intercollegiate Division that also includes the University of Alabama and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  Rounding out the Intercollegiate Division in the National Conference are the University of Illinois, University of Missouri, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Southwest Minnesota State University, and the University of Texas-Arlington.

Auburn University Wheelchair Basketball is a collaboration between the Office of Accessibility and the Department of Kinesiology at Auburn University. To find out more about the program you can visit heir blog at and their Facebook page at  In addition to the wheelchair basketball team, the university is also developing research on wheelchair sport, outreach programs for children with disabilities, and programs to create awareness of disability sport.

Anyone interested in the program can contact Head Coach Jared Rehm via email or phone 251-599-3569.

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BlazeSports – NWBA Professional Development Webinar

BlazeSports and the National Wheelchair Basketball Association are pleased to present “Designing Your Practices to Enhance Individual and Team Development and Success”.

Allocating and scheduling practice time and drills can be confusing and overwhelming when looking at the diversity of individual and team needs each week. This session will provide strategies, suggestions and drills to help coaches design, organize and schedule practice time in an effective manner to help their athletes reach individual goals and help their teams meet their performance goals for the season.

Join Doug Garner, NWBA Junior Division Commissioner and Head Coach of the University of Texas-Arlington Movin’ Mavs Wheelchair Basketball team as he discusses ways to get the most out of your limited practice time with your community team. Whether you are coaching juniors or adults, this session will help you get the most out of your practice and achieve your team and individual goals.

View the webinar archive on the BlazeSports You Tube Channel below.

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BlazeSports Continues to Support Jordanian Partners

This month sees BlazeSports return to the City of Amman, Jordan to continue its multi-partner, USAID funded, sports project for those with physical disabilities. Over a two week period, from November 4th-18th, BlazeSports will deliver coach education practical and theory workshops covering areas of classification, adaptive sports techniques, boccia, athletics, wheelchair basketball, table tennis and soccer. In addition the candidates who attend these aforementioned courses will then have the opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge in a variety of hands-on practical settings.

As part of a sports development agreement all of BlazeSports in-country project partners, which include The Jordan National Paralympic Committee and The Jordan Football Association, will deliver sports initiatives and targeted clubs sessions throughout 2013, therefore allowing the level and quality of opportunities for those with physical disabilities to access sport to be increased.

Please find below an outline of the planned program which will take place in Jordan in coming weeks:

November 7th 2012
General Inclusion Training for Disability Sport

November 8th 2012
Athletics (Part 1)
Boccia (Part 1)

November 9th 2012
Athletics (Part 2)
Boccia (Part 2)

November 10th 2012
Wheelchair Basketball
Table Tennis (Part 1)

November 11th 2012
Table Tennis (Part 2)

November 12th 2012
Coaching Disability Football Education Course

November 13th 2012 Organized by JFA
CPISRA Coaches Technical Development Course (Part 1)

November 14th 2012 Organized by JFA
CPISRA Coach Technical Development Course (Part 2)

November 15th
Classification (Football)

Posted in Athletics (Track and Field), Boccia, CDSS, Football 7-a-side, News, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball |