Learn more about our FREE Adaptive Rowing Clinic

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 29th

BlazeSports is teaming up with Atlanta Rowing Club for a FREE chance to learn to row on the Chattahoochee River!

Atlanta Rowing Club

Make plans to join us for this fun, introductory rowing clinic designed to teach the rowing basics complete with water demonstrations for people with physical disabilities of all ages!

REGISTER online at: https://liferollson.org/georgia

COST:  FREE!

WHO:  People with physical disabilities of all ages.

DAY/DATES:  Sunday, May 7th
1p – 5p

LOCATION:  Chattahoochee River
Azalea Boat Launch
500 Azalea Drive
Roswell, GA

 

 

 

 

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Register today for a FREE day of skating!

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, April 29th

BlazeSports is teaming up with Life Rolls On for a FREE day of fun for the whole family at the Kennesaw Skate Park!

They Will Skate Again

Bring your helmet, knee and elbow pads, and of course, your fastest wheels for an epic day of adventure at the skate park! If you don’t have equipment – no worries – we will have equipment you can use.

A light breakfast, water and lunch is provided for all registered athletes and volunteers!

REGISTER online at: https://liferollson.org/georgia

COST:  FREE!

WHO:  People with physical disabilities of all ages.

DAY/DATES:  Saturday April 29th,
Sign in at 8a, wrap up at 2p

LOCATION:  Kennesaw Skate Park
3140 Old 41 Hwy NW
Kennesaw GA 30144

 

 

 

 

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Register for BlazeSports 2017 Spring/Summer Programs

 It’s here!

Check out our newest program guide filled with the most up-to-date information about our adaptive sports for spring & summer!  From track & field, soccer, archery and rock climbing to camps, clinics, water days, veteran swim days and more. . . it’s all in here!  Be sure to register before they all fill up!

 

Click here for a PDF version of the 2017 Spring/Summer Program Guide

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Support our Blaze Across America Coast-to-Coast Cycling Fundraiser!

Mike and Dave on their journey to raise money for BlazeSports America

David Bergman and Michael Higgins are blazing across 3,600 miles and 14 states to raise funds & awareness for BlazeSports America!

Great friends, Michael (a Type 1 diabetic) and David have completed multiple Ironman Triathlons, marathons, and other long-distance cycling adventures together. This time they have decided to do go coast-to-coast in 36 days to help veterans and youth with disabilities. They will be joined by their friend and fellow cyclist, Vik Nat in Colorado to finish the journey through the last five states.

Michael making a difference for BlazeSports America

Michael is a volunteer coach for the BlazeSports Track & Field team. He has trained Paralympic High School All-Americans and seen first-hand the impact that adaptive sports can have in the mental and physical lives of youth and veterans with disabilities. David is a Pediatrician at The Pediatric Place in Alpharetta, GA. In his practice, he cares for many children with physical and mental disabilities and enjoys seeing all children thrive

David and Michael will pick up an additional rider in Colorado for the last leg of the ride (5 states to go).  Vik Nat is honored to join his friends on their journey to support BlazeSports America.  A Systems Engineer for Georgia’s Own Credit Union, Vik loves working for a company that supports local charities and often gets involved. Vik is a loving husband of 22 years and proud father of two.

Follow David & Michael’s blog, here to stay abreast of their day-to-day journey and live vicariously from their bicycle seats!

To support David & Michael’s mission, click here to make a tax-deductible contribution to BlazeSportsand indicate “Blaze Across America” in the comment section.

The Journey

Ride Begins: Tybee Island, GA (Atlantic Ocean) May 27, 2017
Ride Ends: San Francisco, CA (Pacific Ocean) July 3, 2017

14 States: GA-AL-MS-AR-OK-KS-NE-SD-WY-CO-UT-AZ-NV-CA

Total # cycling days: 36 days (we’ll have 2 rest days en route)
Total # cycling miles: 3600 mi

Support Van Drivers:

Patrick Weigand
Api Firoozi
Peter Loeb

During their cycling adventure across America, they hope to have cyclists with disabilities join them for various road segments as they head westward. An inspiration to all athletes!

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2017 BlazeSports America All-Star Camp!!

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BlazeSports All-Star Camp is a fun, week long, overnight summer camp providing kids, ages 7-17 with a physical disability, a chance to learn and play a variety of adaptive sports and recreational activities.

Kids eligible for camp must have a physical impairment such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, acquired brain injury, dwarfism, amputation, spinal cord injury, visual impairment, muscular dystrophy or other related physical disabilities.

What’s Cool about BlazeSports All-Star Camp! 

Our camp is unique in the fact that we cater to a wide range of physical disabilities (ambulant and wheelchair users) and all activities are adapted to match each camper’s ability.

*Wheelchair Basketball                 *Track and Field              *Archery             *Swimming

*Rock Climbing                *Kayaking           *Zip Lining           *And much more!!!

New Camp Format! Campers will have the opportunity to try each sport, but also get to choose a “sport track” in wheelchair basketball, track & field, archery or swimming where they can focus on their favorite sports and receive extra coaching.

BlazeSports All-Star Camp coaches are all top level with years of coaching and playing experience. Some of our coaches are collegiate adaptive sport athletes and former Paralympians!

At BlazeSports, we recognize sport as a great way to stay active and healthy, but also as a tool for building life skills. By the end of the week, campers will leave more confident, independent, a better leader and have many new friends!

Accessible Location

BlazeSports All-Star Camp takes place at the beautiful and fully accessible Camp Dream in Warm Springs, Georgia.  The camp is set on 74 acres of wooded land, located in the grounds of the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation.

Camp Address: 6135 Roosevelt Highway, Warm Springs, GA 31830  Directions

Campers share a room within a large, air conditioned, modern cabin. There are typically 3 or 4 campers in each room. All rooms have an accessible en-suite bathroom with roll-in shower. All linens and towels are provided. There is a large central area within each cabin where campers meet and socialize.

Cost

The total cost of camp is $300.

*A limited number of scholarships are available to help with the cost of camp.  Please complete the camper registration and a separate scholarship form will be sent to you upon request.  Scholarships are decided on an individual application basis.

 

Please contact Camp Director (sthomas@blazesports.org) for the Camper Application.

 

How to pay

  1. Online: https://tms.ezfacility.com/OnlineRegistrations/Register.aspx?CompanyID=4387&GroupID=1765420

 

  1. Credit card payment can be made over the phone.  Call (404) 270-2000

 

  1. Checks can be made payable to BlazeSports America and mailed to:

BlazeSports America, 1670 Oakbrook Drive Suite 331 Norcross, GA 30093

Camp Counselors (age 18+)

Camp counselors are the role models for our campers and will be responsible for a team of 6 – 8 campers throughout the week of BlazeSports All-Star Camp.  Counselors will assist campers with activities of daily living, provide support and encouragement at all programs and ensures the health, safety and enjoyment of our campers.

The position of Camp Counselor is a volunteer position. Camp Counselors should be 18 years of age or older.

If interested in the position, please contact sthomas@blazesports.org for application.

Help send a child to BlazeSports All-Star Camp!

Would you like to help cover the cost of summer camp for a child with a physical disability? Your donation would allow a camper, with financial need, to attend BlazeSports All-Star Camp and have a life changing experience!

Sponsor a camper HERE

Questions about camp?  Call (404) 270-2034 or email sthomas@blazesports.org

 

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Online Shopping with BlazeSports America in mind!

Shopping online is quick and easy! Don’t forget to use smile.amazon.com and select BlazeSports America as your charity of choice to support our youth and veterans with physical disabilities! 

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BlazeSports America honored with US Olympic Committee’s Rings of Gold Award

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BlazeSports America’s Executive Director, Cynthia Frisina (right) with US Olympic Committee’s Director of Training Sites and Community Partners, Alicia McConnell.

BlazeSports America is thrilled and honored to be the recipient of the US Olympic Committee’s 2016 Rings of Gold award (Program category).  BlazeSports America received the award  during the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs, CO, Sept 22-24, 2016.  The Rings of Gold award annually recognize an individual and a program dedicated to helping children develop their Olympic or Paralympic dreams, and reach their highest athletic and personal potential.  BlazeSports America is humbled to receive this award and wishes to congratulate all the well-deserved award winners in 2016.

 

 

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