2017 Adaptive Sports Summit in Kampala a Success!

On January 19 and 20, 2017, 41 attendees from 33 organizations from Kampala and Gulu representing all sectors came together for the 2017 Adaptive Sports Summit hosted by the Uganda Paralympic Committee and BlazeSports International. The Summit is part of a larger three-year initiative funded by USAID to build capacity related to inclusion and adaptive sport in Uganda and get kids with physical disabilities more active. In the photo above, US Ambassador Deborah Malac and Rosemary Seninde, Ugandan Minister of State for Primary Education, Ministry for Education and Sports spoke to attendees on Day 2 of the Summit in support of the project.


BlazeSports International and the Uganda Paralympic Committee are pleased to present our first e-newsletter for USAID’s Sport for Youth with Disabilities Project.  The purpose of this quarterly newsletter is to provide updates on the project’s progress and share your success stories.  We welcome your feedback, contributions, photo or video stories at uganda@blazesports.org.


Mini-Grant Funding Request for Application
In March 2017, BlazeSports and the Uganda Paralympic Committee shared a Request for Application with all coalition members to support local adaptive sport programs for youth with physical disabilities in Kampala and Gulu.  Ten applications were received and are currently under review. Four grantees will be funded. Grantees will be announced in September 2017.  The grants are for the period of Oct 1, 2017 – August 31, 2019.


Meet our Project Ambassadors!
Top Row (left to right): Sam Gombya and David Emong
Bottom Row (left to right): Aidah Katushabe and Charles Okwonga

  • Sam Gombya
    Deputy Mayor for Kampala Central, popular musician, and polio survivor
  • David Emong
    Uganda’s First Paralympic Medalist in 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro
  • Aidah Katushabe
    Wheelchair basketball player; 2nd year medical student at Makerere University
  • Charles Okwonga
    Wheelchair basketball player with Gulu Wheelchair Basketball Club

 


WORKGROUP UPDATE
We are grateful to everyone who signed up for one or more of the workgroups. As part of the coalition, the following workgroups were formed:

  1. Communications and Outreach
  2. Training and Capacity Building
  3. “Call to Action” Document
  4. Gulu Region

All workgroup members should have received an email to set a date for our first workgroup meeting in August 2017.  Workgroups will meet quarterly throughout the project via conference call or skype. The Coalition will meet 1-2 times per year in person in Kampala.


What’s Coming Up?

Training Workshop and Youth Inclusive Sports Festivals

  • Dates: Early November 2017
  • Locations: TBD in Kampala and Gulu

Success Stories, Pictures, Events related to adaptive sports and inclusion in your organization, school or community?
We want to hear them. They will be included in future e-newsletters.  Please email uganda@blazesports.org.


About the USAID Sports for Youth with Disabilities Project

  • Three year project Oct 1, 2016 – Sept 30, 2019
  • Target regions: Kampala and Gulu
  • 3 main project components:
    1. Partnership Development
    2. Capacity Building
    3. Program Development
  • By the end of the project, we hope that together we can:
    • Secure strong multi-sector support and commitment for recommendations in Call to Action document
    • Contribute to the development of a sustainable infrastructure for furthering the goals in the Call to Action
    • Train 240 community-based practitioners in adaptive sport, inclusion and physical literacy
    • Serve 1000 children with and without disabilities through sports festivals and seed-funded programs (50% girls with disabilities)
  • Project Lead: BlazeSports International
  • In-country Project Partner: Uganda Paralympic Committee
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