2013-2014 Wheelchair Basketball Season Underway

There is still time to join the back-to-back National Champion Georgia Balzers Wheelchair Basketball program.  No experience is needed, just an interest in trying out a great sport!

For information contact Gillian Sharp or Jeff Jones at 404-270-2000.


Atlanta Jr WC Hawks Come and Try Flyer

Download Atlanta Jr WC Hawks Come and Try Flyer

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Disabled Veterans Discuss How BlazeSports Changed Their Lives

BlazeSports’ mission is to change the lives of children and adults with physical disabilities through sport.  There is nothing more rewarding for us than seeing our mission becoming reality.  This short video features two of our veteran athletes, Jonathon Moore and Rodney Roscoe, who recently competed in the National Veteran Wheelchair Games in Tampa, FL.  Join us in watching this video as Jonathon and Rodney discuss the difference that BlazeSports has made in their lives.

If you would like to be part of changing the lives of children and adults through sport, or helping a veteran get back into life, please consider making a donation to BlazeSports today by clicking here http://www.blazesports.org/donate-now.


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The North Face Awards Explore Fund Grant to BlazeSports America


The North Face Awards Explore Fund Grant to BlazeSports America

BlazeSports supports a national effort to increase outdoor exploration 
among Georgia youth with physical disabilities


Atlanta, GA – July 19th, 2013 – The North Face, has awarded a $2,500 Explore Fund grant to BlazeSports America for the project titled ‘Blazing New Trails’. The Explore Fund’s mission is to inspire and enable the next generation of explorers by funding non-profit organizations that are working to connect children with nature. By encouraging an active healthy lifestyle and protection of our natural landscapes, a stronger connection of youth to the outdoors can be nurtured.  

The goal of Blazing New Trails is to introduce youth with physical disabilities to a unique, life changing outdoor experience through the sport of climbing.  In addition, the project will seek to enhance life skills in young people with physical disabilities. Climbing fosters a variety of unique skills such as confidence, teamwork, cooperation, communication and leadership and also requires individuals to literally step outside their comfort zone and achieve new goals they never thought possible. BlazeSports America was selected from more than 500 applications submitted in 2013.  Since The Explore Fund was initiated in 2010, The North Face has provided more than $1 Million in grants to non-profits all over the world working to connect youth to the outdoors with more than three quarters of that going to programs in the United States.

“BlazeSports America is delighted to receive this grant from The North Face Explore Fund.  It is our mission to change lives through sport and this grant will enable us to do just that by offering young people with physical disabilities the chance to learn a new sport, increase their confidence and leadership skills and discover the great outdoors through the challenging and exciting pursuit of climbing,” said  Jeff Jones, Director of Sport and Community Programs with BlazeSports America

The Blazing New Trails Project will take place in partnership with Catalyst Sports, a non-profit organization providing adaptive climbing opportunities to anyone with a physical disability.  The organization will provide their qualified staff, experience and knowledge to support the project.

Blazing New Trails will launch in September 2013 with a series of indoor climbing lessons offered to a targeted group of young people with physical disabilities.  The project will culminate in an overnight camping and outdoor climbing experience in North Georgia.  

To learn more about BlazeSports America and the Blazing New Trails project visit www.BlazeSports.org.    For more information about The North Face Explore Fund, please visit www.explorefund.org 

All of The North Face Explore Fund recipients were chosen based on their commitment to one of three different focus areas: access to front and back country recreation, education for personal and environmental health, and creating a connection to nature that will empower the future leaders of tomorrow. 

About BlazeSports

BlazeSports America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, that empowers children and adults with physical disabilities worldwide through sport.  Formed in 1993, as the direct legacy of the 1996 Atlanta Summer Paralympic Games, BlazeSports programs and services encourage lifelong health, build leadership skills, foster independence, and promote an inclusive society.  See more at http://www.blazesports.org/ 

About The North Face® 

The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1968. Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company’s products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains. 



Read full press release by clicking here:  Explore Fund Release 7 19 13


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Change Has Come

The July issue of Sports ‘N Spokes magazine features an excellent article, Change Has Come,  highlighting the growth and development of wheelchair basketball.  Written by two NWBA Hall of Famers, Dr. Bob Szyman and Tip Thiboutot, the article discusses the origins and progression of the NWBA from the late 1940’s on the Galesburg campus of the University of Illinois where the first National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament (NWBT) was held to the 65th NWBT held in Louisville, KY April 18-21, 2013.

In addition to some great history, the article includes some great images from the game including the Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks, the 2012-2013 NWBA Prep National Champions.

Jr Hawks


 To learn more about Sports’N Spokes or to subscribe, click HERE.



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BlazeSports, the USPSA and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation Present Access to Sport – Power Soccer



 On Wednesday, July 31 at 4pm EDT Blaze Sports America presented one of the fastest growing sports in the country, the adapted version of the world’s most popular game – soccer.  Presenters for this webinar included Power Soccer veterans Barb Peacock, Jordan Dickey and Gabe Trujillo who introduced the game of Power Soccer by explaining the rules, equipment, eligibility to play and the benefits of the sport.  

You can watch an archived video of the webinar here http://bcove.me/ev3sit4h

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New Concussion Resources from the CDC

New CDC Foundation Concussion Tools Teach Parents about Concussion and Helmet Safety 

The CDC Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a new Heads Up to Parents website and app. These new resources provide an important tool for parents and coaches who play a key role in helping to keep kids and teens safe from concussion and other serious brain injuries. 

For more information, please click here: http://www.cdcfoundation.org/headsup

To read the Heads Up to Parents press release, please click here: http://www.cdcfoundation.org/pr/2013/new-concussion-tools-teach-parents-about-concussion-and-helmet-safety

To view the new Heads Up to Parents App and website blog post, please click here: http://www.cdcfoundation.org/blog-entry/new-heads-up-app

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Blazers Continue to Set New National Records

Day 5

Track and Field 

Wednesday at NJDC started early when the track opened for warm-ups 7:15 am. Georgia Blazers competed in the 800 and 100 meter races. 

James Adams (Acworth) and Collin Lancaster (Bethlehem) were first up in the 800 meters. James started things off for the Blazers with a blistering 2:45.21 to set a new National Record in the U23 T52 class and more than 7 seconds faster than his Dixie Games time.  Collin kept the early winning streak going for the Blazers with a 4:09.38 to win the U11 TR 54 800 meters with a time of 4:09.38. 

The 100 dash finals started with Chance Boyd (Atlanta) in the T35 class. Chance is one of 3 Blazers competing in his very first NJDC. Chance improved is Dixie Games time by 3 seconds to finish second in the U16 T35 100m dash with a time of 31.16, a personal record. 

Bryan Powell (Marietta) and Curran Brown (Johns Creek) are competing in their last meet prior to going to Puerto Rico in August for the IWAS World Junior Games. Bryan worked out the bugs with his new Eagle racing chair and smoked the 100 meters to set a new National Record in the U20, T33 class with a time of 23.40, more than 1.5 seconds faster than his Dixie Games time. Curran, whose area of expertise is field events pushed a 23.22 to place fourth in the U20 T54 class. 

Bryan track

James Adams and Collin Lancaster both rebounded well off their first place 800 meter races to finish first in their respective 100 meter races.  Collin Lancaster pushed a 25.49 seconds for a new PR, 1.1 seconds faster than Dixie Games.  James was looking to improve on his sub 20 second time at the Dixie Games. James finished first with a 19.58, just off his Dixie performance. 

Wheelchair Field Results 

After a short lunch break, three Blazers competed in the wheelchair field events. First up was 2013 Georgia High School State Champion and State Record holder in the shotput, Curran Brown. Curran fell short of a PR in the shotput, but won the event with a put of 5.16 meters.  She bounced back well and set her second consecutive National Record in the discus with a throw of 13.97 meters. Curran finished the day with a first place performance in javelin, throwing 10.21 meters. 

curran disc 

Bryan Powell (Marietta) set a PR in the shotput with a first place throw of 5.27 meters. He also placed first in the discus and javelin with throws of 9.94 and 11.42 meters respectively. 

Collin Lancaster rounded out the wheelchair field events for the Blazers on Day 5 and set his second consecutive National Record in as many meets in the discus with a throw of 7.05 m. Collin also won the U11 T54 shotput with a throw of 3.27m and the javelin with a toss of 10.08 m, both performance just off his personal best. 

The Blazers had a good day in the first of two days of track and field. Blazers competed in 16 events and had 14 first place finishes, 1 second place and 1 fourth place finish,  4 National Records and 9 Personal Records.

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