This years BlazeCamp was enhanced, thanks to funding from The U.S. Department of State’s SportsUnited Division, with a cultural exchange of 12 children with disabilities and 6 emerging leaders from Haiti. Our guests, in addition to attending BlazeCamp, also visited a variety of locations in the Atlanta area including Kennesaw State University, The Georgia Aquarium, Stone Mountain and the Atlanta Dream.
However it was the Haitian’s time camp at BlazeCamp where with friendships being formed, using sport as a common language, with US campers that was truly inspirational.
U.S. camper Maya Kahn commented on her time with the kids from Haiti – “This was probably the best part about camp. These kids were the sweetest kids I have ever met. I loved learning about their Haitian culture and getting to talk with them, well at least trying to! I love how they were always telling me, “You are beautiful,” when really they are the beautiful ones. I’m really going to miss them!”
The video below provides a brief insight into some of the activities our Haitian guests got up to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkNxwRLXFMI&feature=share&list=UUfOuj82WfTJmLpFzZ35URZg