CDSS Credential Makes the Difference in Internship Opportunity

Kaitlin Daly

For therapeutic recreation major Kaitlin Daly, walking into a hospital for an adaptive sports internship interview was the first time she had ever been in a clinical setting.  Kaitlin had expected to feel unprepared for this situation, but her recent graduation from the BlazeSports CDSS Program left her feeling confident with the task ahead.  Kaitlin joined the Certified Disability Sport Specialist Program as a student when the team held training on her college campus in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

The program hosted by, Dan Humphreys & Ann Cody of BlazeSports,  gave Kaitlin tangible information that she felt resonated with her in a unique way, as she describes, “the program was an invaluable experience” .

Kaitlin has just received a summer internship position with the Cleveland VA where she will work hands on with wheelchair athletes.  There is no doubt in Kaitlin’s mind that her participation in the CDSS program and certification qualified her for this incredible internship opportunity, and we wish her all the best! 

Click HERE to learn more about the BlazeSports CDSS Program and regional training workshops being held in 2013.

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Boston in Our Hearts

BlazeSports sends our thoughts and prayers to all the runners, spectators, and families affected by Monday’s horrific attack on a treasured national sporting and civic event. Our own Ann Cody reflects on what the Boston Marathon means to the athletes who dream of making that final turn onto Boylston Street.

On Patriot’s Day all of Boston comes together, as they have for over 100 years to stage one of the great sporting events in the world. The entire city celebrates this race and its athletes. The race course is lined with spectators who take the time to look up your race number so they can cheer you on by name, the smell of barbeque permeates the air tempting you to stop for a bite, and college students offer you a beverage as you pass on by. It is an incredibly celebratory event for everyone.

The Boston Marathon was the biggest race on my calendar when I was an elite wheelchair racer. My coach is from Boston and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Boston is a rite of passage for marathon runners and racers. Qualifying for and competing in Boston is a major life achievement. Family and friends – the people we treasure the most – make the pilgrimage to Boston to watch us race in the Marathon. My most treasured people have been spectators in those stands on Boylston Street.

Long before the Paralympics gained worldwide attention, the city and people of Boston were celebrating our sport and our athletes. From the race start to the press conferences to the awards ceremony to one of the most coveted prize purses in the world, Boston rolls out its red carpet for wheelchair racers. Television crews capture the lead racers and commentators call the entire race. The Boston Globe made household names of Jean Driscoll and Ernst van Dyke among others. We owe them our gratitude for hosting one of the great sporting events in the world.

For now, we will keep the city and the people of Boston in our hearts.

Written by Ann Cody, BlazeSports Director of Policy and Outreach

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2013 Roosevelt Games


The beautiful facilities at Roosevelt Warm Springs are host to the 2013 Roosevelt Games, a multi-sport Paralympic-style competition for veteran and active duty service personnel with physical disabilities. The event includes competitions in air rifle, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, archery, bowling, cycling and swimming. Instructional sport clinics were also held in field events, air rifle, cycling and swimming. Competition in each sport will offer both Team and Individual awards. The Team accumulating the most point throughout the week will be awarded the Roosevelt Trophy, a traveling award presented to the best overall Team. Fort Stewart is defending 2012 Champions.

This year’s competition includes more that 80 competitors representing the Warrior Transitions Battalions (WTB) from Fort Benning, Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart as well as veterans from the Atlanta VA Medical Center, Team Blaze (a group of Georgia veterans that participate in BlazeSports programs) and a number of other veterans from North Carolina and Florida. The 2013 Roosevelt Games is a cooperative event organized by BlazeSports America at Roosevelt Warm Springs with the support of the U.S. Paralympics, a division of the US Olympic Committee, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Roosevelt’s Little White House State Historic Site, Georgia State Parks and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Two new events were added this year, Air Rifle and Cycling. Air rifle was held at the state-of-the-art shooting facility, the Ole Mill Range Complex in Griffin, GA. Special thanks to Roy McClain and the staff at Ole Mill for a great day.  The staff ran an introductory clinic for the competitors that include a practice round.  After lunch, 16 competitors shot two rounds in the prone position.  Jonathan Moore of Team Blaze took top honors with a score of 181 out of a possible 200.  Fort Stewart won the Team award with a three shooter total of 514 points.


Cycling was held in the beautiful F.D. Roosevelt State Park. Special thanks to Desmond Timmons, Park Manager and Park staff for all their assistance as well as the Georgia Department of Natural Resources State Parks and Historic Sites for allowing us to use such a wonderful section of the park.

Competition was held over a single 3.1 mile (5K) road course.  Reggie Arrington (Fort Benning) took the Bike division with a blistering 3:27 time.  Angel Torrez, also from Fort Benning, topped the Handcycling division with a time of 6:43.  Willie Hughes from Fort Gordon took the Recumbent division with a time of 9:44.


The field of Archery competitors doubled from last year and there was great competition in both the Recurve and Compound Division. A salute to the Archery Learning Center in Snellville, GA for the use of the target stands and target. Matt Redding (Fort Gordon) scored 244 to take top honors in the Recurve Division. Angel Torres (Fort Stewart) won the Compound division with a score of 273 of a possible 300. Fort Stewart won the Recurve Team award with a total of 445 points and the Compound Team award with a total of 772.



Swimming, Bowling, Sitting Volleyball, and Wheelchair Basketball highlights as well as the full results will be posted at the conclusion of the 2013 Roosevelt Games.


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