The 33rd Annual Dixie Games concluded on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th with Track and Field at Alfred E. Thompson Stadium located on the beautiful campus of Westminster Schools Atlanta. The 33rd installment of the Dixie Games marked its return to Atlanta after three highly successful years in Tampa. Hillsborough County Parks and Recreation and Paralympic Sport Club Tampa Bay set the bar high as hosts over the last three years but BlazeSports and Shepherd Center met the challenge and provided three full days of competition.
Highlights from the 2013 Dixie Games include:
- Over 200 athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers attended the Dixie Games which offered Paralympic-style competition in, Archery, Table Tennis, Boccia, Weightlifting, Track and Field, Swimming, and Wheelchair Fencing
- 22 Veterans with a disability competed in the Dixie Games including 13 who are active participants in the BlazeSports Military Sport and Recreation Program
- One world record was eclipsed in the Long Jump by Josh Kennsion who is a quadrilateral amputee who runs and jumps on prosthetics
- One America’s record was eclipsed in discus by Atlanta athlete Cassie Mitchell who is also a Shepherd Center Athlete
- Numerous National Track and Field records were broken including five by our very own Georgia Blazers; Collin Lancaster, Curran Brown, Bryan Powell, James Adams and Ja-Que Billingsley and,
- Two National records by Shepherd Center athlete and BlazeSports Board of Directors member Duane Morrow
- Curtis Lovejoy, 5-time Paralympian, Shepherd Center Athlete and Coach, was inducted into the Dixie Wheelchair Athletic Association Hall of Fame
Archery: Catalina Bustamante, Mitchell Miles, Jon Moore
Fencing: Ellen Geddes, DeJuan Surrell
Swimming: Nigel Hambrick, Ashley Bateman, Beecher Bruno, Madison Stanley
Table Tennis: Jeff DeLeon, Catalina Bustamante
Weightlifting: Michelle Gowland, Johnnie Alexander, Ja-Que Billingsley, Matthew Giardino
Boccia: Tim Field
Field: Crystal Molina, Dylan Wilson, Centra Mazyck, James Johnson
Track: Curran Brown, Cole Wooten, Michelle Taylor Page, Jose Pulido
Spirit of Excellence Award selection is based upon effort, sportsmanship, knowledge of the sport, and being a role model.
You view photos from the 2013 Dixie Games here:
Thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers, athletes, coaches, and officials that made the 2013 Dixie Games a success.
The beautiful facilities at Roosevelt Warm Springs are host to the 2013 Roosevelt Games, a multi-sport Paralympic-style competition for veteran and active duty service personnel with physical disabilities. The event includes competitions in air rifle, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball, archery, bowling, cycling and swimming. Instructional sport clinics were also held in field events, air rifle, cycling and swimming. Competition in each sport will offer both Team and Individual awards. The Team accumulating the most point throughout the week will be awarded the Roosevelt Trophy, a traveling award presented to the best overall Team. Fort Stewart is defending 2012 Champions.
This year’s competition includes more that 80 competitors representing the Warrior Transitions Battalions (WTB) from Fort Benning, Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart as well as veterans from the Atlanta VA Medical Center, Team Blaze (a group of Georgia veterans that participate in BlazeSports programs) and a number of other veterans from North Carolina and Florida. The 2013 Roosevelt Games is a cooperative event organized by BlazeSports America at Roosevelt Warm Springs with the support of the U.S. Paralympics, a division of the US Olympic Committee, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Roosevelt’s Little White House State Historic Site, Georgia State Parks and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Two new events were added this year, Air Rifle and Cycling. Air rifle was held at the state-of-the-art shooting facility, the Ole Mill Range Complex in Griffin, GA. Special thanks to Roy McClain and the staff at Ole Mill for a great day. The staff ran an introductory clinic for the competitors that include a practice round. After lunch, 16 competitors shot two rounds in the prone position. Jonathan Moore of Team Blaze took top honors with a score of 181 out of a possible 200. Fort Stewart won the Team award with a three shooter total of 514 points.
Cycling was held in the beautiful F.D. Roosevelt State Park. Special thanks to Desmond Timmons, Park Manager and Park staff for all their assistance as well as the Georgia Department of Natural Resources State Parks and Historic Sites for allowing us to use such a wonderful section of the park.
Competition was held over a single 3.1 mile (5K) road course. Reggie Arrington (Fort Benning) took the Bike division with a blistering 3:27 time. Angel Torrez, also from Fort Benning, topped the Handcycling division with a time of 6:43. Willie Hughes from Fort Gordon took the Recumbent division with a time of 9:44.
The field of Archery competitors doubled from last year and there was great competition in both the Recurve and Compound Division. A salute to the Archery Learning Center in Snellville, GA for the use of the target stands and target. Matt Redding (Fort Gordon) scored 244 to take top honors in the Recurve Division. Angel Torres (Fort Stewart) won the Compound division with a score of 273 of a possible 300. Fort Stewart won the Recurve Team award with a total of 445 points and the Compound Team award with a total of 772.
Swimming, Bowling, Sitting Volleyball, and Wheelchair Basketball highlights as well as the full results will be posted at the conclusion of the 2013 Roosevelt Games.
BlazeSports America is excited to announce that the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust awarded our Georgia Veterans Paralympic Sport Development Program with a grant to provide transportation assistance to veterans interested in participating in programs offered by BlazeSports.
The grant was designed to provide a small mileage stipend to veterans with a disability that meet the U.S. Paralympic/VA eligibility requirements and who participate on a regular basis in any of the following BlazeSports programs:
WHEN: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, beginning October 30, 2012
WHERE: Panola Mountain State Park, 2600 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge, GA
WHEN: 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, beginning November 16, 2012
WHERE: Archery Learning Center, 2164 Fountain Square, Snellville, GA
SWIMMING: Recreation and competitive lap swim
WHEN: Times different each week and each pool, program year round.
WHERE: Macon, Marietta and Decatur: different pool each week.
Call to make an appointment.
TRACK AND FIELD: Track, field, fitness training
DATES: March – July
The grant will also provide travel assistance to veterans participating in the following special events:
Roosevelt Games – April 9-12, Warm Springs, GA
U.S. Paralympic Training Camp, May 7-9, Warm Springs, GA
2013 Dixie Games, May 10-12, Atlanta and Marietta, GA
BlazeSports America greatly appreciates the support of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust and looks forward to assisting veterans access to sports and recreation programs throughout the state of Georgia.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
On the BlazeSports Georgia Veterans Paralympic Sport Development Program call
JEFF JONES @ 404-270-2036 OR EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
On the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust visit www.cst.dav.org