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:

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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.


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