U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Pamela White met at the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, with the 12 Haitian youth with disabilities that had participated in the BlazeSports cultural exchange program. The youth and six adult coaches who accompanied them shared their experiences of joining a group of American youth with disabilities in specialized sporting and leadership activities and the 2013 BlazeCamp. The Ambassador congratulated the Haitian participants on their achievement and encouraged them to continue to use sports as a means to excel personally and to promote greater inclusion in Haiti for the physically disabled.
The cultural exchange was funded by the U.S. Department of State – Spots United and coordinated by BlazeSports America. The Haitian participants ranged in age from 11 to 19 and came from Port-au-Prince, Mirebalais and Port-de-Paix. The program’s goal are to give new sporting skills to youth with disabilities and to develop their self-confidence and leadership skills to help them advance their personal goals and to act as advocates for greater inclusion of the physically disabled in their home country.