Congratulations to all winners and nominees!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 1, 2013

Contact             Mara Galic or Jeff Jones
Telephone         404.270.2000
Email                MGalic@blazesports.org or JJones@blazesports.org
Website             www.BlazeSports.org

FIRST ANNUAL GEORGIA DISABILITY SPORT AWARDS

 BlazeSports unites athletes with disabilities, coaches and volunteers across Georgia for the first annual Georgia Disability Sport Awards October 27, 2013.

Decatur, GA, July 1, 2013– BlazeSports America will host the first annual Georgia Disability Sport Awards October 27, 2013 at the DeKalb History Center at the Old Courthouse on Decatur Square from 2pm – 4 pm. The awards ceremony will recognize athletes across the state that participates in adaptive recreational and competitive sports, as well as, volunteers and coaches.  The event will be the first of its kind held in Georgia, with the goal of uniting, and recognizing Paralympic and disability sport athletes across the state. BlazeSports serves approximately 5,000 youth, adults and veterans with and without a physical disability in Georgia each year. 

“We realized that there was no statewide mechanism to acknowledge the athletic accomplishments of our young people and veterans with a physical disability and all the individuals that go the extra mile to create sport opportunities for kids and veterans in Georgia,” says Jeff Jones, Director of Sport and Community Programs on the need for such a recognition program. 

BlazeSports America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is the legacy organization of the 1996 Paralympic Games held in Atlanta, GA. These games, the first held on American soil, were the realization of the dreams of thousands of Americans involved in the growth and promotion of sports for persons with physical disabilities in the United States. 

BlazeSports America’s mission is to change the lives of children and adults with physical disabilities through sport. 

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If you would like more information about this event, please contact Mara Galic or Jeff Jones at 404.270.2000 or email at MGalic@blazesports.org or jjones@blazesports.org.

 

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BlazeSports Haitian alumni put theory into practice

Haitian Amputee Soccer Championship

Haitian Amputee Soccer Championship

BlazeSports was back in Haiti for a week in October as part of their ongoing United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) funded project. A busy week of events and training culminated with the National Disability Sport Festival hosted in Merchand Dessalines.

Watch BlazeSports’ week in Haiti – October 10-18 2013

 The week of activity kicked off by an Amputee Soccer Workshop, where 31 soccer coaches and enthusiasts attended the event. Coach Derek Arnaud, member of the US Soccer Athletes Council, who supported BlazeSports staff in delivering the workshop said, “It was amazing to see the enthusiasm and desire of the Haitian coaches to make a difference to their country and players. There are without doubt many obstacles in the way of developing soccer in this country but I am thankful I was given this opportunity by BlazeSports to, in a small way, help assist the development process.”

Following the workshop, BlazeSports staff had the opportunity to watch the semifinal matches of the Haitian Amputee Soccer Championship in Mirebalais. The Championship was sponsored by the UNOSDP disability sport project and organized by the Haitian Amputee Soccer Federation and BlazeSports.

On October 17th, a festive day in Haiti, over 500 persons with disabilities participated in the National Disability Sport Festival organized by the Haitian Paralympic Committee. BlazeSports’ previously trained coaches planned, organized, and delivered the activities at this event. The participants were divided in group of 50 and had the opportunity to experience recreational games, powerlifting, table tennis, basketball, sit volleyball, and athletics.

Concluding the festivities was the final of the Haitian Amputee Soccer Championship won by Team Zaryen. BlazeSports’ intern Sam Zapatka was in Haiti for the first time and recognized “it was incredible to see first-hand the power sport has on people with physical disabilities and its ability to bring people together”

It was a very successful week for disability sports in Haiti. BlazeSports staff were delighted to witness, throughout the week, the leadership skills of BlazeSports in-country alumni who were trained previously thanks to a US Department of State SportsUnited project. Stuart Sharp, BlazeSports Director of International Development, evaluated the successful week in Haiti, “It is clear there is an emergence of new leaders with positive attitudes towards persons with disabilities in Haiti. There is no doubt there is still a long way to go however with this new generation comes a new opportunity for hope and future for Paralympic sport and those with disabilities in the country to realize their full potential.”

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GA Blazers in Fred Lamback Disability Swim Meet, Oct 19-20

The GA Blazers swim team arrived in force this weekend at the Augusta Aquatic Center to take part in the 2nd annual Fred Lamback Disability Swim Meet.    The eleven-strong team competed in back to back events over the 2 day meet. The event, hosted by Aiken-Augusta Swim league, was very well attended with over 75 swimmers competing.   Included in the competitors was the multiple Paralympic gold medalist Jessica Long.  Some of the Blazers swam in the same heat as Jessica for a number of events which was an excellent experience for the budding young stars.

Well done to all the BlazeSports swimmers who took part this weekend, especially those who were swimming in their 1st ever swim meet.  

For a full list of the GA Blazers Results see Fred Meet Blazers Results 2013

For the overall results from the weekend see FULL Results 2013

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Fred keeps an eye on his swim team

 

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A gaggle of Blazers modelling their new team swim caps

     

Fred Lamback Swim Meet 2013

3 in a row!

      

 

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