BlazeSports Rolling Out 2016 Veteran Adaptive Sport Programs

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BlazeSports to host U.S. Paralympic Track & Field “Gateway to Gold” Event

 

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COME AND TRY PARALYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD!

BlazeSports America and the United States Paralympic Committee (USOC) are hosting a free “Gateway to Gold” event to introduce coaches and individuals with physical disabilities, including youth, adults and military veterans to the Paralympic Track and Field. As part of the event, participants will learn technique, safety, and a variety of skills to help determine their aptitude for Paralympic Track and Field and possibly identify potential future U.S. Paralympic athletes!

If you have a physical disability and have never tried track and field before this a great place to start! Top USA coaches will provide the coaching and adapted track and field equipment is available.

Register Online Here

COACHES CLINIC (CLASSROOM):

Where: BlazeSports America Office – 1670 Oakbrook Drive Suite 331, Norcross, GA 30093
Why: Learn from the experts! We will have 3 Paralympic National level track & field coaches presenting.
Date: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (snacks and refreshments will be provided)
Who: Track and field coaches
Cost: Free

Gateway to Gold Event:

Where: St. Pius X Catholic School – 2674 Johnson Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30345
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Who: Children & adults with a physical disability (Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Visual Impairment, Amputees, and Dwarfism), and coaches (All levels welcome)
Cost: Free (lunch included)

Contact: Kit McCluskey – kmccluskey@blazesports.org

 

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BlazeSports Summer Programs

 

 

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This Summer, BlazeSports is working with a variety of excellent partners to bring you a range of fun sporting activities for children aged 6-18 with physical disabilities.  Check out all that’s on offer below!

BlazeCamp

When: May 28th – June 1st  

Where: Camp Dream, Roosevelt Institute for Rehabilitation, Warm Springs, GA

Who: Children aged 8-18 with a Physical Disability

Cost: $350

To register complete the online Interest form: http://www.blazesports.org/programs/blazecamp/

Our multisport residential summer camp will take place at the beautiful camp location in Warm springs Georgia.  Packed full of sports and activities, fun and friendship!   Limited Spaces still available.

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Blaze All Stars Summer Sports Camp (Cerebral Palsy specific)

When:  June 12th, 13th, 14th 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Where: Hembree park, 850 Hembree Rd, Roswell, GA 30076

Who: Children aged 6-18 with Cerebral Palsy (ambulant or wheelchair user)

Cost: $50 / 3 day camp

Register online today:  https://blazesports.wufoo.com/forms/blaze-allstars-sports-camp-registration-form/

Come along to Hembree Park and try out a range of different sports including tennis, soccer, baseball, basketball and boccia. 

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Adaptive Water Sports Days

When:  June 10th, 25th and July 30th (Leave 8am from ATL. Return 5pm)

Where: Lake Tobesofkee, Macon, GA (BlazeSports run transport from Atlanta)

Who: Children aged 6-18 with physical disabilities 

Cost: $10 per person per day

To reserve a place email : gsharp@blazsports.org or call (404) 270 2034

First come first served (limit of 12 people each day)

Try a variety of water sports including sit ski, jet ski, sailing, kayaking and tubing.  Activities provided and supervised  by Phil Jackson at Lake Tobesofkee Aquatics.

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Soccer Camps

These camps are designed to teach the game of soccer to children aged 6-18  with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke, or amputation. Participants should be ambulant (able to walk unassisted) and be independent with personal care. The primary goal is to develop fitness and have fun through the game of soccer.

There are 2 camp locations. To register follow the link below:

Roswell Recreation and Parks, July 8th – 12th 

http://registration.challengersports.com/CampUrl.asp?Uid=1-3GECU0X8

Norcross Soccer Academy, July 22nd – 26th 

http://registration.challengersports.com/CampUrl.asp?Uid=1-QPCVUQFD 

If you have any questions about any of our summer opportunities please call Gillian on (404) 270-2034 or email gsharp@blazesports.org

 

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33rd Annual Dixie Games Wrap-Up

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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

 

 

  •  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,

 

 

  • Curtis Lovejoy, 5-time Paralympian, Shepherd Center Athlete and Coach, was inducted into the Dixie Wheelchair Athletic Association Hall of Fame

 

Spirit of Excellence Award Winners:

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:

Friday – Archery, Table Tennis, Boccia, Weightlifting
Saturday – Seated Field, Swimming, Wheelchair Fencing
Sunday – Track and Ambulatory Field

Complete results for the 2013 Dixie Games can be downloaded here: 2013 Dixie Games Results.  For more information about the history of the Dixie Games please visit www.DixieGames.org.  

Thank you to all the sponsors, volunteers, athletes, coaches, and officials that made the 2013 Dixie Games a success.

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DAV Provides Transportation Assistance for BlazeSports’ Veteran Programs

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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:

TUESDAY

Handcycling Program

WHEN: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, beginning October 30, 2012
WHERE: Panola Mountain State Park, 2600 Highway 155 SW, Stockbridge, GA

FRIDAY

Archery Program

WHEN: 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, beginning November 16, 2012
WHERE: Archery Learning Center, 2164 Fountain Square, Snellville, GA

SATURDAY

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.

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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 jjones@blazesports.org

On the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust visit www.cst.dav.org

 

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BlazeSports Continues to Support Jordanian Partners

This month sees BlazeSports return to the City of Amman, Jordan to continue its multi-partner, USAID funded, sports project for those with physical disabilities. Over a two week period, from November 4th-18th, BlazeSports will deliver coach education practical and theory workshops covering areas of classification, adaptive sports techniques, boccia, athletics, wheelchair basketball, table tennis and soccer. In addition the candidates who attend these aforementioned courses will then have the opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge in a variety of hands-on practical settings.

As part of a sports development agreement all of BlazeSports in-country project partners, which include The Jordan National Paralympic Committee and The Jordan Football Association, will deliver sports initiatives and targeted clubs sessions throughout 2013, therefore allowing the level and quality of opportunities for those with physical disabilities to access sport to be increased.

Please find below an outline of the planned program which will take place in Jordan in coming weeks:

November 7th 2012
General Inclusion Training for Disability Sport

November 8th 2012
Athletics (Part 1)
Boccia (Part 1)

November 9th 2012
Athletics (Part 2)
Boccia (Part 2)

November 10th 2012
Wheelchair Basketball
Table Tennis (Part 1)

November 11th 2012
Table Tennis (Part 2)

November 12th 2012
Coaching Disability Football Education Course

November 13th 2012 Organized by JFA
CPISRA Coaches Technical Development Course (Part 1)

November 14th 2012 Organized by JFA
CPISRA Coach Technical Development Course (Part 2)

November 15th
Festival
Classification (Football)

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Georgia Blazers Named to 2012 High School All-American Team

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BlazeSports would like congratulate two of our Georgia Blazers for being named to the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field High School All American Team – Curran Brown and Bryan Powell.

Curran was recognized for her incredible performance in shot put throwing 5.96 meters. She is not only an All American, but she is the #1 ranked girl’s high school shot putter in the country. Curran also competes in javelin, discus and all the track events in her division. Curran is a senior at Johns Creek High School and plans to go to college to become a pediatrician.

Bryan excelled in javelin throwing 10.79 meters last season. He is top ranked in each of his seven wheelchair track and field events, holding several age group national records in the T33 and F33 division. Bryan is in his junior year at Lassiter High School.

Curran and Bryan are also team mates on the Georgia Blazers Varsity wheelchair basketball team.

Congratulations Curran and Bryan!

 

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