Maggie Speaks About UN Youth Leadership Camp

Maggie Frederick is currently participating in the UN Youth Leadership Camp in Bradenton, FL where she will be learning how to use sport as a tool for development and peace. Maggie is former athlete of BlazeSports, serving as an excellent role model and leader. She continues to represent Blaze and grow into an outstanding individual. Here is a reflection from the first, two days at the UN Youth Leadership Camp.

 I was really nervous before arriving because I was not sure what to expect of the time spent here. But as soon as I arrived, I realized I would be learning so much; not only from the instructors but the people also attending the camp. There are 34 participants representing 20 countries. I really love interacting with other cultures and languages, and this definitely gives me the opportunity to learn more.

The first day consisted of introductions, along with a welcoming dinner. Before the welcome dinner I had the opportunity to speak on behalf of BlazeSports and why I am here. I am here because sports have done so much for me that I want gain as much information and tools to bring home so that I can encourage others to participate in sport. Everyone here has the same goal: to continue to grow sport in our communities.

What stood out for me is the different types of organizations the other attendees work with. There are a lot of people who work with underprivileged children. Although I have never had the personal experience of working with that group I want to learn as much as I can from these people because I find it very interesting.

On the second day, we learned about the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). It was really interesting when we got to participate in some sports because it was designed almost like our BlazeDays. I was able to demonstrate wheelchair basketball. I showed the group how to push, turn, dribble, and pick the ball up using your wheel. Then we split up into groups. I stayed and led the basketball station. After the session, everyone kept telling me thank you and how much fun they had. It was a really great feeling to know that I was apart of something they learned, and we are only on the second day.

 This first two days of learning has really made me excited for more!

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