Haitian’s Prepare for Sports United Funded Trip to US BlazeCamp

BlazeSports Haiti this week hosted a workshop in Port-au-Prince for parents of the 12 Haitian children with physical disabilities who will be travelling to Atlanta for BlazeCamp in May.

The meeting provided an opportunity for the parents to learn more about the exciting activities that their children will experience during their trip to the US between May 24th–June 2nd . It also provided the chance for those attending to meet with the six emerging Haitian sports leaders who will be accompanying the group.

During the exchange trip the children will be attending BlazeCamp at Roosevelt Warm Springs, from May 28th – June 1st and will have the opportunity to experience a taste of American life during several excursions around the City of Atlanta.

During the workshop the parents were shown a short video of the training in which the Haitian leaders had recently participated in preparation for the trip, and were provided with some background on the Sports United program.

Haiti Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6npzInkpoYI

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The parents were also shown video of some of the activities the children will be participating during their time at BlazeCamp and given the opportunity to ask questions.

BlazeCamp Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1l4AqIe4LSU

Director of BlazeSports Haiti, Daniel Pierre Charles said “some of the parents are naturally nervous regarding the exchange trip but we tried to provide them with as much information as possible and we used team building sessions for them to get to know the staff and also each other.  In the end everyone was extremely excited about this once in a life time opportunity”.

Do you stay in the US and want your child to have the opportunity to be at BlazeSports Summer Camp?  Sign up your child for BlazeCamp now!

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

For more information regarding BlazeCamp and other opportunities for children and youth with physical disabilities please contact our office: email info@blazesports.org or telephone 404 270 2000.


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Georgia Blazers Sweep Conference Championships

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Blazers Shine in Day 1 of Conference Championships

BlazeSports and All Players Tournament Park played host to the 2013 Southeast Regional Junior Wheelchair Basketball Championships this weekend. Ten teams from five regional programs gathered in Marietta, GA for the last major tournament prior to the 2013 National Wheelchair Basketball Championships.

The Georgia Blazers led the day with wins in all 5 games they played.  The Blazers Varsity squad started the day with a close 43-40 win over the Lakeshore Lakers (AL).   The Blazers led at half time 18-16 led by Bryan Powell (6 points) and Josh Joines and Ben Baxter who had 4 points each. The see-saw battle continued in the second half with both teams playing a fast pace defensive game. The Blazers were able to pull out the win behind a strong offensive second half from Josh Joines and Treyvon Smith who score 10 and 7 second half points respectively.

In their second game, the Blazers easily handled last year’s conference champions, Music City Thunder (TN).    The Blazers were up 24-9 at half time and finished strong with a final score of 50 -13. Treyvon Smith led all scorers with 14 points, while Ben Baxter, Bryan Powell and Josh Joines each contributed 10 points.


On the Prep side of the tournament, the #1 ranked Blazers continued their undefeated season with a first game win over the Lakeshore Sharks (AL) 32-6. Collin Lancaster and Cameron Elzey led all scorers with 8 points each, while four Blazers, Kalen Reese, Samuel Armas, Chance Boyd and Taevon Grant scoring 4 points.

In their second game, the Blazers’ Prep squad beat the Music City Thunder (TN) 37 – 4.  The Blazers spread out the scoring with 6 of 8 players in the offensive column. Kalen Resse, Chance Boyd and Samuel Armas led all scorers with 8 points each. Collin Lancaster scored 6, while Taevan Grant score 4 and Cameron Elzey scored 3 points. Zachery Armas and Cade Maynor provide 3 periods of outstanding defensive play.


The Prep’s third and final game of the day was against the Charlotte Bobcats. The Blazers defense continued and they rolled to a strong win 26-4 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Their third win of the day guaranteed the Blazers a spot in Sunday’s Championship game.

Blazers Win, Twice!

The Georgia Blazers made history today at the 2013 Southeast Conference Championships when both the Varsity and Prep teams won the Conference Championship in their division. This was the first time in Blazer history that has happened.

The Blazers Varsity squad started Day 2 with wins over the two North Carolina teams; the Jr. Thunder (65-10) and the Charlotte Bobcats (49-32).  All eight Blazers scored in both morning games, setting a season record for two game total at 114. Josh Joines led the Blazers with a two game total of 28, Ben Baxter had 22, Brent O’Grady 19 and Luke Hutchinson 18. Bryan Powell score a total of 10 in the two games, while Treyvon Smith had 9 and Curran Brown and Collin Lafon each had 4.


For the third consecutive tournament this season, the Blazers were matched against the Lakeshore Lakers (AL) for the Varsity Championship game. This game would be the rubber match, with each team having won one of the previous final games, although the Blazers 3-1 edge in overall wins. The Blazers worked well on both ends of the court behind first half scoring form Treyvon Smith and Josh Joines(8 first half points each) and tenacious defensive led by Ben Baxter.  The Blazers held the Lakers to only 2 first half buckets and led 22-4 at the intermission.

The second half was more of the same. Treyvon Smith exploded for another 10 points and finished with 18. Josh Joines had 12 and Ben Baxter finished with 10 points.  Brent O’Grady had 4 points and Bryan Powell and Collin Lafon had 2. Treyvon Smith and Josh Joines were named to the Varsity  All-tournament Team.

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The Blazers Prep team started Day 2 with a hard fought win over the Jr. Thunder (NC). Blazers defense was stellar the first half, holding the Thunder to 4 points and scoring 14 behind Samuel Armas’ 8 first half points. The Blazers picked up the offense a little in the second half while the Jr. Thunder found their range on a few long shots.  The Blazers win their 4th consecutive game 30-14. Samuel Armas finished with 16, Kalen Reece had 8 point and Chance Boyd and Cameron Elzey had 4 and 2 points respectively. The trio of Cade Maynor, Zachary Armas and Taevan Grant played a big part of the Blazers tough defense.

The Blazers headed into the Championship Game still undefeated for the season and faced the Jr. Thunder in back to back games as the Thunder finished the preliminary rounds with 3 wins and 1 loss.

The Championship Game was more of the same, great Blazer defense and a fast paced offense. Blazers led at half time 16-6 behind Kalen Reese’s 8 points and Samuel Armas’ 6 points.  The second half was a little better on both ends of the court and the Blazers win their second consecutive Southeast Conference Championship 36-11.  Kalen Reese double’s his firs half points and finished with 16. Samuel Armas and Chance Boyd rounded out the Blazers’ scoring with 10 points each. The dynamic trio of Cade Maynor, Zachary Armas and Taevan Grant filled in for starting guard Collin Lancaster who missed Sunday’s games due to the flu. The trio player great defense and help limit the Thunder to only 11 points


Cameron Elzey and Collin Lancaster were named to the All-Tournament Team and Samuel Armas was named MVP for the tournament.

The tournament brings to a close the long and storied history of the Georgia Blazers Wheelchair Basketball program. The Blazers will live on in our track & field and swimming programs as our basketball program is excited to announce our new affiliation with the Atlanta Hawks as the Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks!

BlazeSports would like thank to thank the staff and management of All Players Tournament Park for their great facility and for being a wonderful host. Thanks to our sponsors: Domino’s Pizza, Chick-Fil-A, Pepsi, Eagle Sportschairs, Medical Direct Club and our Gold sponsor, BP Oil – Georgia Oil Holdings and Clipper Petroleum. Without your support our tournament would not be possible.

Special thanks to Andrew Hinze, our photographer, all our officials, volunteers, parents, the hundreds of fans that attended and to the players of the Southeast Wheelchair Basketball Conference for a great tournament. It was a pleasure hosting you for this year’s Championships.


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Slippery Rock University CDSS Training a Success


Dan Humphreys, BlazeSports Director of Training, Education, and Certification and Ann Cody, Director of Policy and Global Outreach traveled to Slippery Rock University March 4-5 to deliver a two-day Certified Disability Sport Specialist workshop for 47 students.  This is the second year in a row that SRU has hosted a CDSS Regional Training Workshop for students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in  Adapted Physical Activity, Therapeutic Recreation, Physical Education, Sport Management, and Athletic Training and once again the feedback from the participants was outstanding.

“I would recommend this training to everyone.  Not only does it benefit you, but it is so interesting and I learned a LOT!”

“I really learned a lot that I can use in my everyday work with athletes with a disability.”

“This confirmed my interest in wanting to become heavily involved with the Paralympics.”

The CDSS program will once again take to the road in May and June:

May 17 & 18 – St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Spokane, WA

June 27 & 28 – University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI

If you would like information on attending or hosting a CDSS Regional Training Workshop contact Dan Humphreys at 404-270-2028 or dhumphreys@blazesports.org.

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Junior Division Southeastern Conference Championships Wrap Up


Tournament Scores and Awards

Saturday, March 10

8:30  Varsity:  Music City 35 vs.  Charlotte 14 

8:30  Prep:  Music City 2 vs.  Jr. Thunder 16

10:00 Varsity:  Blazers 43   vs.  Lakeshore 40 

10:00  Prep:  Blazers 32   vs.  Lakeshore 6

11:30 Varsity:  Lakeshore 33 vs.  Jr. Thunder 23

11:30 Prep:  Charlotte 6 vs. Jr. Thunder 26

1:00  Varsity:  Blazers 50   vs.  Music City  13 

1:00  Prep:  Lakeshore 0    vs.  Music City 16

2:30  Varsity:  Charlotte 35  vs.  Jr. Thunder 18 

2:30  Prep:  Blazers 37  vs.  Music City 4

4:00   Varsity:  Lakeshore 39   vs.  Charlotte 31  

4:00  Prep:  Lakeshore 6  vs.  Jr. Thunder 42

5:30  Varsity:  Music City 43  vs.  Jr. Thunder 12 

5:30  Prep:  Blazers 26  vs.  Charlotte 4

Sunday, March 11

8:30  Varsity:  Blazers 65   vs.  Jr. Thunder 10

8:30  Prep:  Music City 20  vs.  Charlotte 0

10:00 Varsity:  Blazers 49   vs. Charlotte 32  

10:00  Prep:  Blazers 30  vs.  Jr. Thunder 14

11:30 VarsityLakeshore 37   vs.  Music City  18

11:30 Prep:  Lakeshore 12 vs.  Charlotte 0

1:00  Varsity: Championship Game: GA Blazers 48 vs. Lakeshore 12 

1:00  Prep: Championships Game: GA Blazers 36 vs. Jr. Thunder 11 

Tournament Awards

Prep Division

First Place:  Georgia Blazers
Second Place: Jr. Thunder
Third Place:  Music City Thunder
Fourth Place:  Lakeshore Sharks         
Fifth Place:  Charlotte Bobcats 

Tournament MVP: Samuel Armas, Georgia Blazers      
Sportsmanship Award: Miles Hill, Jr. Thunder                 

Prep All-Tournament Team

Elizabeth Thompson  Jr. Thunder       
Cameron Elzey   Georgia Blazers       
Jonathan Elliston  Music City Thunder      
Alyssa Lynch   Jr. Thunder        
Collin Lancaster   Georgia Blazers

Varsity Division

First Place: Georgia Blazers                                  
Second Place: Lakeshore Lakers            
Third Place: Music City Thunder               
Fourth Place: Charlotte Bobcats           
Fifth Place: Jr. Thunder 

Tournament MVP: Rashad Bennett, Lakeshore Lakers       
Sportsmanship Award: Chad VanDeGrick, Music City Thunder         

Varsity All-Tournament Team

 Elizabeth Becker   Jr. Thunder       
Josh Joines    Georgia Blazers       
Madison Melton   Music City Thunder      
Treyvon Smith   Georgia Blazers       
Austin Banks   Lakeshore Lakers


March has long been known for battles between basketball rivalries.  Those rivalries include wheelchair basketball and will start at the Southeast Regional Junior Wheelchair Basketball Championships being hosted by BlazeSports America, March 10-11, at the All Tournament Players Park in Marietta, GA.

Five regional programs will gather in Marietta for the last major tournament prior to the 2013 National Wheelchair Basketball Championships being held April 18-21 in Louisville, KY.  Varsity and Prep teams from the following programs will play a 22 game round-robin tournament:  Charlotte Rollin’ Bobcats (NC), Georgia Blazers, Music City Thunder (TN), Bridge II Sports Jr. Thunder (NC), Lakeshore Lakers (AL).

Varsity teams include players that are 13 years of age and older and are in junior high school or high school. Prep teams include elementary and middle school players under the age of 13.

The 2013 Southeast Regional Championship schedule will be:


Saturday, March 10




8:30am Music City vs. Charlotte Music City vs. Jr. Thunder
10:00am Blazers vs. Lakeshore Blazers vs. Lakeshore
11:30am Lakeshore vs. Jr. Thunder Charlotte vs. Jr. Thunder
1:00pm Blazers vs. Music City Lakeshore vs. Music City
2:30pm Charlotte vs. Jr. Thunder Blazers vs. Music City
4:00pm Lakeshore vs. Charlotte Lakeshore vs. Jr. Thunder
5:30pm Music City vs. Jr. Thunder Blazers vs. Charlotte

Sunday, March 11




8:30am Blazers vs. Thunder Music City vs. Charlotte
10:00am Blazers vs. Charlotte Blazers vs. Jr. Thunder
11:30am Lakeshore vs. Music City Lakeshore vs. Charlotte
1:00pm Varsity Championship Game Prep Championships Game
2:30pm Awards Ceremony  


For more information on wheelchair basketball opportunities in the greater Atlanta area contact BlazeSports America at 404-270-2000.


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Looking back at 2012

BlazeSports 2012 Annual Report is out! Take a journey with us as we reflect and celebrate 2012.

A special thank you to all of our individual donors, parents, community partners, funders and sponsors  for your commitment to helping us achieve our mission of changing the lives of children and adults with physical disabilities through sport.

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