Access To Sport Webinar Series – Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Rugby, Smashing Stereotypes One Hit at a Time

When: January 22, 2014, 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST

Presenters: Jeff Jones, BlazeSports America, USA Head Coach James Gumbert, and current co-captain and USA National Team member, Joe Delagrave


Continuing Education Units: 0.1 CEU credit will be provided

Description:  You may have heard of the sport described as Murderball or competition in “Mad Max-style” chairs, created in Canada to give opportunity for quadriplegics. It has been featured in the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated documentary, Murderball, which follows the pitted rivalry between USA and Canada, and the life of USA Wheelchair Rugby athletes on their quest for gold in the Athens Paralympic games.

Join us for a view into one of the fastest growing parasports in the world, through the eyes of USA Head Coach James Gumbert and current co-captain and USA National Team member, Joe Delagrave. With sellout crowds at the London 2012 Games, three gold medals in 2013, regain of their number one ranking, and a new partnership with USA Rugby, wheelchair rugby is poised to reclaim their World Championship title in 2014 and dominate the Rio 2016 Games. Learn more about the sport as a whole, how it changes lives, and how you can support or get involve.


About the Access to Sport Webinar Series
This webinar series is brought to you by The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Community and BlazeSports.  The BlazeSports America Access to Sport webinar series is designed to introduce people with spinal cord injury and other mobility impairments to the wide world of adapted sport.

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CDSS Credential Makes the Difference in Internship Opportunity

Kaitlin Daly

For therapeutic recreation major Kaitlin Daly, walking into a hospital for an adaptive sports internship interview was the first time she had ever been in a clinical setting.  Kaitlin had expected to feel unprepared for this situation, but her recent graduation from the BlazeSports CDSS Program left her feeling confident with the task ahead.  Kaitlin joined the Certified Disability Sport Specialist Program as a student when the team held training on her college campus in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

The program hosted by, Dan Humphreys & Ann Cody of BlazeSports,  gave Kaitlin tangible information that she felt resonated with her in a unique way, as she describes, “the program was an invaluable experience” .

Kaitlin has just received a summer internship position with the Cleveland VA where she will work hands on with wheelchair athletes.  There is no doubt in Kaitlin’s mind that her participation in the CDSS program and certification qualified her for this incredible internship opportunity, and we wish her all the best! 

Click HERE to learn more about the BlazeSports CDSS Program and regional training workshops being held in 2013.

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Slippery Rock University CDSS Training a Success


Dan Humphreys, BlazeSports Director of Training, Education, and Certification and Ann Cody, Director of Policy and Global Outreach traveled to Slippery Rock University March 4-5 to deliver a two-day Certified Disability Sport Specialist workshop for 47 students.  This is the second year in a row that SRU has hosted a CDSS Regional Training Workshop for students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in  Adapted Physical Activity, Therapeutic Recreation, Physical Education, Sport Management, and Athletic Training and once again the feedback from the participants was outstanding.

“I would recommend this training to everyone.  Not only does it benefit you, but it is so interesting and I learned a LOT!”

“I really learned a lot that I can use in my everyday work with athletes with a disability.”

“This confirmed my interest in wanting to become heavily involved with the Paralympics.”

The CDSS program will once again take to the road in May and June:

May 17 & 18 – St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, Spokane, WA

June 27 & 28 – University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI

If you would like information on attending or hosting a CDSS Regional Training Workshop contact Dan Humphreys at 404-270-2028 or

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First Webinar of 2013!

Check out the archived webinar on the BlazeSports YouTube Channel

Click here to view the webinar:

Introduction to Wheelchair Lacrosse

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

This webinar will introduce the sport of wheelchair lacrosse and discuss how you can begin to offer opportunities whether you are an adapted sport program or a lacrosse program.

Wheelchair Lacrosse is a new team sport being introduced into the adapted sport community. Ryan Baker and Bill Lundstrom, both from San Diego, founded Wheelchair Lacrosse USA (WLUSA) in 2009 and have helped develop teams nation-wide through camps and clinics offered in the communities that have shown interest in the sport. The goal of WLUSA is to grow and foster the sport of lacrosse and infuse it into the adaptive sport community. Over time WLUSA has partnered with various organizations to promote lacrosse, develop an official Wheelchair Lacrosse Rule Book and raise money to help bring this exciting sport to communities all over the country. WLUSA’s ultimate goal is to see the sport widely accepted by athletes and organizations all over the world and included in the Paralympic Games as a competitive option for athletes with mobility impairments.

Ryan Baker is from San Diego and is a T6 paraplegic as a result of motor vehicle accident that occurred the day after his high school graduation in 1991. Ryan loves the beach, snow skiing, and playing tennis. He is a peer mentor for other injured individuals, and loves to see people succeed. Ryan also hosts a podcast on iTunes called SCI Boot Camp that discusses spinal cord injury related issues.

Bill Lundstrom is a San Diego native.  In August 2002 he was in a motorcycle accident that resulted in a traumatic brain injury and stroke that left him a T7 paraplegic. Bill is competitive by nature; he played water polo in high school and rowed at Cal Sate Long Beach.  Bill is a husband, father, President of Lundstrom Engineering and Surveying and on the board of directors for non-profit, HeadNorth, which provides hope and help for individuals and families that have been affected by a spinal cord injury. Bill likes snow skiing and after his injury started Fighting Chair Sports, an organization that catered to wheelchair users on deep-sea fishing trips.

Title: Introduction to Wheelchair Lacrosse
Date: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

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The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Supports CDSS Program



The Craig H. Neilsen Foundation has awarded BlazeSports America a grant to deliver four Certified Disability Sport Specialist (CDSS) Regional Training Workshops in 2013. Since its inception in 2010, the CDSS program has certified over 300 individuals in the best practices of adapted sport, recreation and physical activity program delivery. The CDSS program helps ensure that the people administering and delivering adapted sports programs are doing so in a safe, effective manner and to the standards of best practices.

Dan Humphreys, BlazeSports Director of Training, Education and Certification is looking forward to the impact this grant will have, “The CDSS program has realized higher demand than our resources allow. Not a week goes by that we don’t field a call asking about the next CDSS Regional Training Workshop and if we will be providing a training in New York or California or the Midwest. This grant will allow us to certify an additional 200 service providers and practitioners, building the capacity to deliver top notch adapted sport programs throughout the country.”

For information on hosting a CDSS Regional Training Workshop please click here or contact Dan Humphreys at 404-270-2028, email


Established in 2002, the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living with spinal cord injury (SCI) and supporting scientific exploration for effective therapies and treatments leading to a cure. Mr. Neilsen, himself a quadriplegic for 21 years until his death in November 2006, recruited experts in the SCI community to peer review all grants requests for scientific and clinical research, post-doctoral fellowships, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine Fellowships and quality of life grants. The Foundation currently funds scientific research grants, quality of life grants and SCI Medicine Fellowships which are disbursed throughout the United States and Canada.

For further information, please visit the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation website at


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BlazeSports – NWBA Professional Development Webinar

BlazeSports and the National Wheelchair Basketball Association are pleased to present “Designing Your Practices to Enhance Individual and Team Development and Success”.

Allocating and scheduling practice time and drills can be confusing and overwhelming when looking at the diversity of individual and team needs each week. This session will provide strategies, suggestions and drills to help coaches design, organize and schedule practice time in an effective manner to help their athletes reach individual goals and help their teams meet their performance goals for the season.

Join Doug Garner, NWBA Junior Division Commissioner and Head Coach of the University of Texas-Arlington Movin’ Mavs Wheelchair Basketball team as he discusses ways to get the most out of your limited practice time with your community team. Whether you are coaching juniors or adults, this session will help you get the most out of your practice and achieve your team and individual goals.

View the webinar archive on the BlazeSports You Tube Channel below.

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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
Classification (Football)

Posted in Athletics (Track and Field), Boccia, CDSS, Football 7-a-side, News, Table Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball |