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


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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Free Adaptive Fencing Clinic – Register Today!

Adaptive FencingFalcon Adaptive Fencing



BlazeSports America is so excited to announce our partnership with Falcon Fencing to offer adaptive fencing! Our inaugural event will be an Adaptive Fencing Clinic held on August 26th, 2017.

All Equipment is provided.

Date: Saturday, August 26th

Time: 10a – 1p

Location: Lakepoint Sports Complex
261 Stars Way, Cartersville, GA 30121

For: participants with a physical disability ages 9 and up

Cost: FREE


Contact: Todd Liscomb with questions

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Our Athlete’s Made their Mark at the 2017 BlazeSports Track & Field Meet

It was a banner day for BlazeSports Athletes!

Thank you to all of our athletes, coaches, staff, volunteers, officials & friends for making our 2017 BlazeSports Olympic Day Track & Field Meet a huge success!

We had some incredible performances considering the weather conditions – – officially breaking National records in our field events as well “unofficially” in our track events !


A special shout out to those athletes who broke records! You are such an inspiration to us all!

  • Cathryn Gray for Discus
  • Cedric Geter in both Javelin & Discus
  • Nick Walls in both Discus & Shot Put

Special thanks also to Adaptive Sports, USA and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation for their generous support!

Here’s a fun video we created that highlights some of the day’s events.  Enjoy!






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FREE Boccia Level 1 Coaching Clinic

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There’s Still Time to Register!

Register today for the BlazeSports America 2017 Field & Track Meet!

Get ready to make your mark at the 2017 BlazeSports America Track & Field Meet!

Saturday, June 24, 2017
St. Pius X High School
2674 Johnson Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30345

The 3rd Annual BlazeSports America Olympic Day Track & Field Meet is an open meet for all Youth and Adult Track & Field athletes with physical disabilities, both ambulatory and wheelchair.

This USA Track & Field sanctioned meet is a qualifying meet for Nationals while also doubling as a Paralympian meet & greet!

Track events included are 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m. Field events included are shot put, javelin, long jump, and discus.

Registration is $30 and closes June 13, 2017.
(Lunch, T-Shirt, and medal for every registered athlete)

Please contact tliscomb@blazesports.org if interested or with questions.

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Veteran’s Water Sport Day – Register Today!

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BlazeSports International: Sports For All Project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“Sports for All” Project continues in São Paulo, Brazil


Trainees in Sao Paulo enjoyed transferring their learning into a practical setting

This past week, USAID and BlazeSports International “Sports for All” initiative arrived in São Paulo to host a workshop on strategies for inclusion in physical activities and sports. In 2 days, 41 physical activity professionals from SESC Pompéia, participated in trainings to promote the integration of people with and without disabilities in the physical activity environment. Each of the professionals work in different fields but came together to learn how to use adaptive sports such as sit volleyball, boccia, wheelchair basketball and goalboall as a way of inclusion.  

The workshop included training in theory and in practical settings. The theoretical training explained the importance of including the minority without excluding the majority when building strategies for inclusion. The professionals were then able to put these theories into action by practicing different games and activities with each other.

Following these workshops BlazeSports attended the International Seminar on Inclusion in Physical Education and Sports which focused on New Perspectives on Professional Practice. Felipe Rodrigues, BlazeSport’s Director of International Sport for Development presented and participated in a roundtable discussion on the models of inclusion of people with disabilities in physical activity and sports. Alongside 2 other leading professionals in the sport for development field, Felipe presented the USAID and BlazeSports initiative “Sports for All.”

The whole group takin part in the Sport For All Project in Sao Paolo

The whole group taking part in the Sport For All Project in Sao Paolo

BlazeSports is excited to continue working on the USAID initiative throughout 2016 with workshops being held in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Brasilia in March. As well as a celebration of the USAID and Blazesports initiative “Sports for All,” during next year’s Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro.


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