The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Supports CDSS Program



The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has awarded BlazeSports America a grant to deliver four Certified Disability Sport Specialist (CDSS) Regional Training Workshops in 2013. Since its inception in 2010, the CDSS program has certified over 300 individuals in the best practices of adapted sport, recreation and physical activity program delivery. The CDSS program helps ensure that the people administering and delivering adapted sports programs are doing so in a safe, effective manner and to the standards of best practices.

Dan Humphreys, BlazeSports Director of Training, Education and Certification is looking forward to the impact this grant will have, “The CDSS program has realized higher demand than our resources allow. Not a week goes by that we don’t field a call asking about the next CDSS Regional Training Workshop and if we will be providing a training in New York or California or the Midwest. This grant will allow us to certify an additional 200 service providers and practitioners, building the capacity to deliver top notch adapted sport programs throughout the country.”

For information on hosting a CDSS Regional Training Workshop please click here or contact Dan Humphreys at 404-270-2028, email


Established in 2002, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living with spinal cord injury (SCI) and supporting scientific exploration for effective therapies and treatments leading to a cure. Mr. Neilsen, himself a quadriplegic for 21 years until his death in November 2006, recruited experts in the SCI community to peer review all grants requests for scientific and clinical research, post-doctoral fellowships, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowships and quality of life grants. The Foundation currently funds scientific research grants, quality of life grants and SCI Medicine Fellowships which are disbursed throughout the United States and Canada.

For further information, please visit the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation website at


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