Celebrating Jon McCullough, 1965-2014

 Update on Jon’s Memorial Services

Here is the link to  Jon’s Obituary

Jon’s family will hold a Memorial Service on Saturday September 6th at 4pm in Virginia. RSVP is requested. 

Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center
600 4-H Center Dr, Front Royal, Virginia 22630
RSVP via Facebook event or Jon’s Caring Bridge Site

BlazeSports is in the process of planning a small gathering and tribute in Atlanta to remember and commemorate Jon, the week of September 8th.   We will confirm date and location shortly here. 

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Team Blaze Racing at the Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival

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Team Blaze will be participating in the Hong Kong Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival Saturday for the first time, September 13th. This unique race will be held at Lake Lanier where the 1996 Summer Olympic Rowing and Paddling events were hosted. Moving into its eighth year, the Atlanta event is part of a series of races taking place in major metropolitan areas along the east coast including Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York.

Our team, compiled of athletes, family members and staff, will be competing against 50 other teams with over 5,000 spectators that come out to join in the excitement and cultural experience.

If you would like to help sponsor Team Blaze, please find our fundraising page at http://www.gofundme.com/8yv6w8.

All funds raised will contribute towards the ongoing provision and development of sports programs and events for youth and veterans with physical disabilities in GA. Thank you for your support!

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 Dragon Boat Festival History

“Based on an ancient Chinese legend, the Dragon Boat Festival has deep cultural ties, evidenced by the ceremony and ritual surrounding the races. Four days before a traditional festival, the dragon boats are taken from repose to have their heads and tails attached. Typically, a community leader is invited to “dot the eye” of the dragon in a ceremony designed to rouse its sleeping spirit. While in some cultures the dragon is considered to be evil, in Chinese culture dragons are viewed as strong, powerful and frequently a symbol for the spring rains and growth. Dragons are also viewed as protective and benevolent, which is why dragon boat racing is often thought of as a means of spreading good luck. In return for staging the dragon boat races, it is believed that the community will be blessed with happiness and prosperity.

The dragon boat itself is a spectacle to behold. The slim, 39-foot teakwood racer (and fiberglass models) is crafted today in only a handful of boat-yards in Hong Kong. Distinguished by a fierce-looking dragon’s head at the prow and a tail at the stern, traditional dragon boats require thirty days, three craftsmen, and years of practice to produce.” http://www.dragonboatatlanta.com/about/history/

For more information about the event or Team Blaze contact Kit at kmccluskey@blazesports.org or call our office (404) 270 2000.

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GA Disability Sport Awards 2014 – Now Accepting Nominations

Georgia Disability Sport Awards
Sunday Nov 9, 2014, 2-5pm
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305

 

 Nominations for the 2014 GA Disability Sports Awards are now OPEN

NOMINATE HERE

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, October 10, 2014

See the 2013 GA Disability Sports Award Winners 

Do you know an individual or team who should be recognized for their contribution to sport?

BlazeSports America is proud to host this Awards Ceremony as we recognize individuals and teams in the following categories:

  • Male Junior Athlete: male athlete under the age of 18 who participated in an individual or team sport

  • Female Junior Athlete: female athlete under the age of 18 who participated in an individual or team sport

  • Male Adult Athlete: male athlete over the age of 18 who participated in an individual or team sport

  • Female Adult Athlete: female athlete over the age of 18 who participated in an individual or team sport

  • Male Military Athlete: male athlete who is either a veteran or active duty service member with a physical disability who participated in an individual or team sport

  • Female Military Athlete: male athlete who is either a veteran or active duty service member with a physical disability who participated in an individual or team sport

  • Junior Team: a team registered and actively competing in a youth league on the local, state or regional level

  • High School Team: a team registered and actively competing in a school league on the local, state or regional level

  • Adult Team: a team registered and actively competing in an adult league on the local, state or regional level

  • Volunteer of the Year: a person that volunteers in any capacity for an organization or program offering disability sports

  • Coach of the Year: a person that directly coaches an individual athlete, group of individual athletes or a team in disability sports

NOMINATE HERE

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, October 10, 2014

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BlazeSports Announces the 2014 Adapted Sport, Training and Education Certification Conference – Register Now!

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$25K Raised and Matched! Thank You

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Find out how your club or organzation can join the Blaze Network

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BlazeBlog Kick-Off

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!

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