Video Exclusive: Sport as a Vehicle of Change in Haiti

 

As part of its multi-year project, funded by USAID,  US Department of State (SportsUnited) and the UNOSDP, BlazeSports is continuing to provide new and improved opportunities for people with disabilities in Haiti to participate in sport. Following our extensive in country work, and with specific support from SportsUnited, a delegation of 20 youth with disabilities and emerging leaders from Haiti will travel to Georgia to participate in BlazeSports Summer Camp. Youth with disabilities from Haiti will join with their peers from Georgia and across the US in a 10 day cultural sports exchange at the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation. The residential camp will include track and field, swimming, wheelchair tennis, wheelchair basketball, boccia, wheelchair lacrosse, and table tennis. Additional activities include water skiing, scuba, kayaking/canoeing, fishing, camp fires and bowling.

The video below provides an insight to the activities which Blaze staff and US based exchanged participants experienced when they recently traveled to Haiti:

– See more at: http://www.blazesports.org/2013/02/haitians-to-participate-in-blazecamp/#sthash.Q601p4tj.dpuf

 

 

 

 

During the 7 day sport and cultural exchange experience, BlazeSports had a key role in supporting the Haitian Paralympic Committee National Disability Sport Festival. Additionally, Blaze staff delivered Paralympic sport training to 96 young leaders, coaches, and instructors in order to increase capacity of Haitians involved in Paralympic sport. Moreover, BlazeSports provided a cultural exchange opportunity for 4 Americans including 3 members of the US Paralympic soccer team and a sport management student from Springfield College.

 

Posted in Camp, Featured, Haiti, International, News |

Be Healthy Georgia Day 2013

 

We’ve partnered with Lt. Governor Casey Cagle for the Be Healthy Georgia Day at the Capitol on March 9th!  Kicking off with the Kilometer Kids Fun Run, this FREE family event will be full of music, give-a-ways and fun.  Not to mention, mascots from all over Georgia will participate in the Mascot Trot for top bragging rights in the Dole Fit City!  For all the details, visit www.ltgov.georgia.gov.

Remember, this event is completely free (that’s right, FREE) so circle your calendars and register each Fun Run participant online by going to www.ltgov.georgia.gov for all the details you need.


Helpful Links

Kilometer Kids Fun Run Event Page and Registration Link

The Atlanta Track Club has posted our event on the main page but to have a direct link to the Event and Registration page should you need is below:

http://register.atlantatrackclub.org/events/2013/be-healthy-georgia-day.aspx

 

Event Contact

Roy Neill: Roy.Neill@ltgov.ga.gov or by phone at (o) 404-656-5030 (c) 251.508.2492

Posted in News |

BLAZECAMP 2013 Registration is OPEN!!

 

We are delighted to announce that registration for BlazeCamp2013 is now OPEN!

BlazeCamp2013 will run from May 28th – June 1st at our fully accessible camp location in Warm Springs Georgia.

Please visit this link to register your interest and find out everything you need to know about this unique summer camp experience for youth aged 8-18 with a physical disability:

http://www.blazesports.org/programs/blazecamp/

PASS IT ON! – do you know anyone who would love to go to BlazeCamp 2013?

Posted in Camp, Featured, News |

BlazeSports, the NWBA and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Present Access to Sport Webinar

On Wednesday, February 20th, at 4pm EST, BlazeSports America and the National Wheelchair Basketball Association highlighted the oldest team adapted sport in the world – wheelchair basketball featuring the personal story of four-time Paralympian Paul Schulte.

Paul sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of a car accident at the age of 10.  Paul will discuss the role wheelchair basketball has played in his life and the positive impact it has had on his health, education, family and career.

You can see a short video about Paul’s life and athletic career here

Dan Humphreys, NWBA President and Randy Schubert, NWBA Executive Director discussed the rules, equipment, benefits of playing wheelchair basketball and how to join a local program.

 

You can share the video with this link:  http://bcove.me/8xfskmf3

Posted in News, Wheelchair Basketball |

UK Channel 4 to Broadcast 2014 & 2016 Paralympic Games

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has awarded the UK television rights for the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to Channel 4 following a highly competitive bid process. For the first time in its history, the IPC has signed a two Games broadcast deal with a national television network. Learn more: http://www.paralympic.org/news/channel-4-secures-2014-and-2016-paralympic-games-rights

Posted in International, News |

Join BlazeSports at Abilities Expo Atlanta Feb 8-10

BlazeSports will be conducting a wheelchair basketball at 12pm and a boccia session at 1pm on Friday the 8th.  For more information on Abilities Expo click here.

View the event flyer here:  Atlanta 2013 Flyer

Posted in Boccia, News, Programs, Wheelchair Basketball |

DAV Provides Transportation Assistance for BlazeSports’ Veteran Programs

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BlazeSports America is excited to announce that the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust awarded our Georgia Veterans Paralympic Sport Development Program with a grant to provide transportation assistance to veterans interested in participating in programs offered by BlazeSports.

The grant was designed to provide a small mileage stipend to veterans with a disability that meet the U.S. Paralympic/VA eligibility requirements and who participate on a regular basis in any of the following BlazeSports programs:

TUESDAY

Handcycling Program

WHEN: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, beginning October 30, 2012
WHERE: Panola Mountain State Park, 2600 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge, GA

FRIDAY

Archery Program

WHEN: 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, beginning November 16, 2012
WHERE: Archery Learning Center, 2164 Fountain Square, Snellville, GA

SATURDAY

SWIMMING:  Recreation and competitive lap swim

WHEN: Times different each week and each pool, program year round.
WHERE: Macon, Marietta and Decatur: different pool each week.
Call to make an appointment.

SATURDAY

TRACK AND FIELD: Track, field, fitness training

DATES: March – July

The grant will also provide travel assistance to veterans participating in the following special events:

Roosevelt Games – April 9-12, Warm Springs, GA

U.S. Paralympic Training Camp, May 7-9, Warm Springs, GA

2013 Dixie Games, May 10-12, Atlanta and Marietta, GA

BlazeSports America greatly appreciates the support of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust and looks forward to assisting veterans access to sports and recreation programs throughout the state of Georgia.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

On the BlazeSports Georgia Veterans Paralympic Sport Development Program call
JEFF JONES @ 404-270-2036 OR EMAIL jjones@blazesports.org

On the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust visit www.cst.dav.org

 

Posted in Archery, Athletics (Track and Field), News, Veterans |