BlazeCamp Video: Our Time with the Haitians

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:

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UW-LaCrosse CDSS Training Makes Impact


BlazeSports traveled to the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse June 27-28 to provide the third in a series of four Certified Disability Sport Specialist (CDSS) Regional Training Workshops funded in part by a generous grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.  

Twenty-six undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Adaptive Physical Education and two university professors took part in the two-day training that covered areas such as Paralympic Sport Structure and Classification, Injury Prevention and Management for Athletes with Disability, Risk Management in Sport and Fitness Programs for Persons with Disability, Mental Skills Training, Long Term Athlete Development, Manual Sport Chair Sizing, Fitting and Maintenance, and Planning and Goal Setting for a Successful Season.  After completing the two-day training and passing a comprehensive final exam, each person will earn their CDSS credential signifying an advanced level of knowledge and skills in adapted sport programming.

“We are very excited to see the next generation of Adapted Physical Education teachers and their professors take in interest in the CDSS training and credential.  As the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights Guidance to public elementary and secondary schools, and colleges clarifying their obligations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to provide extracurricular activities for students with disabilities begins to be implemented it is imperative that we have professionals within the school settings with the proper knowledge and skills to offer resources and opportunities to their students with disabilities.  These leaders from UW-LAX will have those skills necessary to change lives through sport, recreation and physical education within the school and community setting.” says Dan Humphreys, BlazeSports Director of Training, Education and Certification.

Click HERE for more information on the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights Guidance.

Click HERE for more information on the CDSS Program.




Established in 2002, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living with spinal cord injury (SCI) and supporting scientific exploration for effective therapies and treatments leading to a cure.  Mr. Neilsen, himself a quadriplegic for 21 years until his death in November 2006, recruited experts in the SCI community to peer review all grants requests for scientific and clinical research, post-doctoral fellowships, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowships and quality of life grants.  The Foundation currently funds scientific research grants, quality of life grants and SCI Medicine Fellowships which are disbursed throughout the United States and Canada.

For further information, please visit the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation website at

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