As summer kicks off, a new and improved BlazeBlog begins!
BlazeSports has been growing in Georgia as well as nationally and globally. Our athletes, staff, and volunteers have gained unique experiences. Since summer is a busy time at Blaze with many exciting programs and events, BlazeSports wants to personally show you what is going on in the Blaze family.
The NEW and INSPIRING BlazeBlog will address personal stories, testimonials, pictures, videos, and many other things posted by our constituents and Blaze staff.
BlazeSports will be hosting its annual Summer BlazeCamp in Warm Springs, GA this week. BlazeCamp is a five day and four night camp filled with various adapted sports and recreation, and lots of fun! Campers will get the opportunity to make life long friendships. Most of the Camp Counselors are former campers themselves taking on new leadership roles. The BlazeBlog will feature stories from individual campers and counselors.
BlazeSports International is continuing to empower people with disabilities worldwide through sport. We will be participating in the UN Youth Leadership Camp 2014, hosted by the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace, on June 8, where our own Felipe Rodrigues will be speaking about our international projects alongside organizations such as Right To Play. He will be raising awareness of all attendees about BlazeSports’ various programs, specifically our Haiti project. The BlazeBlog will feature reflections from our student participants, Maggie and Dimitry, in the leadership camp.
Stay tuned in to read more about events, personal stories, and reflections!
Over the past weekend, Army and Marine veterans Jacques Swafford and Rodney Roscoe competed in the 2014 National Track & Field Championships in San Mateo, CA in both shot put and discus events. Just the week before, both athletes met the qualifying standards at the Endeavor Games held in Oklahoma City. This marked the first time that either athlete had qualified for the National Championships.
With competition on Friday and Saturday, both athletes arrived in San Mateo on Thursday for registration and equipment check-in. The first event was shot put on Friday afternoon. The competition would be tough as both Jacques and Rodney, classified as F55’s, would be competing against the USA’s number one shot put thrower, Scott Winkler. Jacques began the shot put competition with 6 great throws, his furthest measuring out to be 8.34 meters. This would become a personal best for Jacques in shot put. Rodney was next with his furthest throw coming out to be 6.84m. These distances landed Jacques a silver medal followed by Rodney receiving the bronze medal.
The following day, competition for the discus began at 3:00pm. As the only two athletes competing in the F55 classes, both Jacques and Rodney would be leaving Nationals with 2 medals. Rodney began the competition with his longest throw of 18.41m, discus being his preferred throwing event over shot put. Jacques’ best throw of the day came in at 15.78m. As a result, Rodney earned a gold medal in the shot put while Jacques followed with a silver medal.
All in all, it was a fantastic opportunity for both Jacques and Rodney to compete at the National level. Both athletes are now focused on returning next year and improving their skills in both shot put and discus.