BlazeSports Paralympic Soccer Camp Program

In partnership with the U.S. Soccer Federation and U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, BlazeSports is excited to announce the pilot of the nation’s first “VA Paralympic Soccer Camp” program.

This BlazeSports’ program is designed specifically to identify injured military personnel and ex-service veterans who qualify to compete in Paralympic 7-a-side Soccer. Athletes selected for the program will attend a six day camp held in Atlanta, GA at Oglethorpe University where they will participate in daily soccer sessions under the supervision of qualified U.S Soccer coaches. In total 3 camps will be held in Atlanta this year with all travel, accommodation and food expenses provided to attending athletes. During each camp players will have the opportunity to impress US Soccer coaching staff with the chance of being selected for the Paralympic National Soccer Team.

U.S. Soccer’s Paralympic Head Coach said regarding this new project “this is an exciting new partnership with BlazeSports that will be increase opportunities for injured current and ex service personnel to access this game of soccer. This will hopefully just be the start of many new grassroots partnerships that will in time grow awareness and participation of Paralympic Soccer across the country.”  

For any questions regarding the VA Paralympic Soccer Camp, please contact Sam Zapatka, coordinator of the program by email: szapatka@blazesports.org

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BlazeSports Junior Hawks take 3rd in Whitewater

Day 2: Midwest Junior Regional Tournament

BlazeSports Junior  Hawks finished 2-1 in Day 1 to earn them three games on Day 2. The Hawks started with a 8:00 am re-match against #8 ranked Turnstone Flyers (IN).  The Hawks easily handled the Flyers in their first meeting, winning 71-43. The Hawks started slow start but led at half-time 26-20, behind 12 points from Josh Joines and 6 points from Brent O’Grady.  It took the first half for the Hawks to get back into their game and it showed in the second half.  The Hawks had 8 of 9 players on the offense score sheet and scored 36 points in the second while holding the Flyers to only 14 second half points.  Hawks win 62-34. Josh Joines led the Hawks with 16, followed by Brent O’Grady with 14 and Samuel Armas and Treyvon Smith both with 8 points.  Cameron Elzey and Jordan Kolowski added 6, while Chance Boyd and KJ Reese each scored 2 points.

Like Saturday, Day 2 involved back to back games.  Next up for the Hawks was the Nebraska Red Dawgs. The Dawgs are ranked #10, but all indications were they were all the team they have been the past 3-4 years, which was top 4 in the country.  The Hawks’ offense stalled a bit in the first half. Offense powerhouse Josh Joines was held to only 2 points.  Nebraska led 36-21 at the half.  The Hawks made a run for it in the second half playing the Red Dawgs even, 32-32, but ended up short 68-53. Josh Joines finished strong and ended up with 24 points. Brent O’Grady and Samul Armas both scored 8 points.  Treyvon Smith added 6 points and KJ Reese and Luke Hutchinson rounded out the scoring with 4 and I points respectively.

The loss sent the Hawks to the 3rd/4th place playoff game against the #3 ranked and local favorite Milwaukee Heat.  The Heat had the upper hand on Day 1, beating the Hawks 44-38. However the Hawks were confident that they could play with the Heat. The offensive momentum was up for both teams in the first half and Hawks trailed 30-28 at the midway point.  Josh Joines led the first half effort with 18 points with Brent O’Grady adding 4 points.

The second half was more of the same, a see-saw offensive game with neither team extending the lead by more than 4 points. The difference from the first match up was the Hawks were able to stay of out foul trouble. The Heat repeated their first half 30 point performance and led 60-59 with 12 seconds left to go.  Hawks had possession and quickly move the ball towards the basket. Brent O’Grady received the pass and was able to score while being fouled.  Brent makes the free throw and HAWKS WIN 62-60. Josh Joines led the Hawk with 28 points. Sam Armas had his best offensive game of the tournament and scored 14. The star of the game Brent O’Grady added 12 points, while Treyvon Smith and Chance Boyd rounded out the scoring with 4 points each.

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Well done to the BlazeSports Junior Hawks (Varsity Team)

For this young squad to earn a 3rd place finish in a regional tournament that had 6 top ten ranked teams, the Hawks are to be congratulated for one of their best tournament performance ever.  Their scoring average of 58 points per game is the highest in Hawks history and a great sign as they prepare for the 2015 National Championships in April. 

For more information on the BlazeSports Junior Hawks, contact Jessie Romito at jromito@blazesports.org or call 404-270-2000

 

 

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GA Disability Sport Awards 2014

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Sunday, November 9th 2014, 2pm – 5pm

Atlanta History Center

130 West Paces Ferry Road

Atlanta, GA 30305 

 

PURCHASE EVENT TICKETS HERE 

 

Keynote Speaker: Aimee Copeland

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Performance by: Full Radius Dance

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  Nominations for the 2014 GA Disability Sports Awards are now CLOSED

 

BlazeSports America is proud to host this Awards Ceremony as we recognize individuals and teams in the following categories:

  • Male Junior Athlete: male athlete under the age of 18 who participated in an individual or team sport

  • Female Junior Athlete: female athlete under the age of 18 who participated in an individual or team sport

  • Male Adult Athlete: male athlete over the age of 18 who participated in an individual or team sport

  • Female Adult Athlete: female athlete over the age of 18 who participated in an individual or team sport

  • Male Military Athlete: male athlete who is either a veteran or active duty service member with a physical disability who participated in an individual or team sport

  • Female Military Athlete: male athlete who is either a veteran or active duty service member with a physical disability who participated in an individual or team sport

  • Junior Team: a team registered and actively competing in a youth league on the local, state or regional level

  • High School Team: a team registered and actively competing in a school league on the local, state or regional level

  • Adult Team: a team registered and actively competing in an adult league on the local, state or regional level

  • Volunteer of the Year: a person that volunteers in any capacity for an organization or program offering disability sports

  • Coach of the Year: a person that directly coaches an individual athlete, group of individual athletes or a team in disability sports

See the 2013 GA Disability Sports Award Winners 

 

Event Raffle – Trip for 2 to Las Vegas!

*Approximate value of $2100.00

-Complimentary 3 night stay at one of The Venetian’s or Palazzo’s luxurious suites with VIP Check-In

-Dinner for two at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio

-Two show tickets to Rock of Ages or Human Nature

-Gondola ride for two

-Airfare for 2 from anywhere within the continental USA 

Drawing: Sunday – November 9, 2014 at the event. Winner does not need to be present.

Ticket price: 1 for $25 or 5 for $100

You can purchase your tickets online or at the event. 

Purchase your Las Vegas raffle tickets here!

 *Please note how many tickets you are buying in the comments section.

 

 

 

 

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