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 Cade

In June 2011, Cade, age 7, was swimming in a creek near his home when a huge tree fell on him. Cade sustained a spinal cord injury and a traumatic brain injury. 

The following year, with clearance from his doctors, Cade’s parents brought him to a track and field practice with BlazeSports. Cade immediately thrived on the competition, the chance to meet friends and the opportunity to put all his bubbling energy into activities that he loved. One sport wasn’t enough, Cade then joined the BlazeSports wheelchair basketball program and now trains and competes weekly with BlazeSports’ Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks. Add in swimming, climbing and water sports and you can’t keep this action man still for long! Cade’s mom has seen a huge difference in her son since taking up sports:

“BlazeSports has given Cade the competition he craves, the determination to become better, and the companionship he needs. Cade loves being around his friends because he isn’t “different”. As parents we get to know the other parents who have become our support system. We all love to see our kids succeed!” 

This holiday season please consider a donation to BlazeSports to help us continue to provide these ‘life-changing’ opportunities for children like Cade and their families. We can only do it with the support of generous donors like you.

Thank You and Happy Holidays from all of us at BlazeSports

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BlazeSports Haiti Celebrates

BlazeSports Haiti Celebrates International Day of People with Disabilities

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December 3 marked International Day of People with People with Disabilities (IDPD) and BlazeSports Haiti celebrated this important day with a fun and inclusive sport festival at Centre Foyer d’Amour in Port-Au-Prince.  Two hundred children with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities participated together, demonstrating the power of sport and physical activity as vehicles for inclusion.  Many thanks to partners Gerrard Pierre-Charles Foundation, Haiti National Paralympic Committee and participating schools.Institut Monfort 042

Many of the children participating attend one of the three schools in Haiti implementing adapted physical education and physical activity programs developed by BlazeSports as part of an initiative funded by the UN, Office on Sport, Development and Peace.  Programs are facilitated in the schools by staff and teachers trained through this same initiative.

 

 

 

In 1992, the UN proclaimed December 3 as International Day for Persons with Disabilities to raise awareness, across all sectors of society around the world, about the importance of focusing on issues related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in development, both as beneficiaries and agents of change.  Each year a different them is celebrated.

For more information about BlazeSports’ work in Haiti, contact Felipe Rodrigues at 404-270-2037

 

 

 

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BlazeSports’ Hawks Hit the Road!

Hawks Prep Team Win Junior Holiday Tournament

BlazeSports’ Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks Prep Team continued their 2014-15 season winning streak with four straight wins at the Rockford NWBA Junior Holiday Tournament. After wins against the Grand Rapid Jr Pacers and the RHI Mini Pacer on Saturday, the Hawks faced the Milwaukee Heat, the 4th place team from pool B.Awards

The Hawks used the first of three games on Sunday to try to get all 9 players on the offensive stat sheet. The Hawks started strong on offense and decided to relax their defense to allow the younger and smaller Milwaukee squad the opportunity to test their shooting skills.  The Hawks led 18-12 at the half with 5 of 9 players scoring.  The Hawks tightened up their defense just a bit in the second half and only allowed the Heat 4 points in the final 16 minutes.  On offensive, the Hawks met their pre-game goal and had all 9 players scoring at least once.  Collin Lancaster led the Hawks with 8 points, with Bailey Moody and Eric Francis each scoring 6 points.  The remaining 6 players: Taevan Grant, Michael Kitchens, Cade Maynor, Tanner Loop, Jeremiah Million and John Joiner each scored 2 points.

The win placed the Hawks in a semi-final game against the Grand Rapids (MI) Junior Pacers. The Hawks beat the Pacers 35-16 on Saturday and did not expect a challenge on Sunday.  The Hawks starters played great defense in the first half limiting the Jr. Pacers to 2 points. Hawks led at the half 20-2. The half time margin provided the Hawks the opportunity to try for a second consecutive game to get all 9 players on the offensive stat sheet.  The Hawks almost scored the double with 7 of the 9 players scoring.  Baily Moody led the Hawks with 11 points followed by Eric Francis with 10. Both John Joiner and Taevan Grant scored 3 points while Collin Lancaster, Tanner Loop and Jeremiah Million each scored 2 points. Hawks win 33-14.

The semi-final win placed the Hawks in their 12th consecutive tournament championship game dating back to the 2012 season. This time they would face the Chicago Skyhawks, the team that broke the Hawks’ 30 game consecutive winning streak at last year’s National Championship with a 1 point win in the preliminaries.  The Hawks rebounded in the championship game to win their third consecutive National Championships. BlazeSports coaching staff selected the Rockford tournament in hopes we would end up with a rematch against Chicago.

The Hawks started strong with 8 unanswered points to force Chicago to take an early time out. From that point on the Hawks never looked back.  Jeremiah Million assisted the Hawks defensive duo of Collin Lancaster and Taevan Grant to hold Chicago to 10 first half points. Chicago made a run in the second half, but were outscored by the Hawks 23-18. Bailey Moody and Eric Francis, co-MVP’s of the tournament each scored 14. Collin Lancaster earned All-Tournament Team honors by adding 10 more points to his 5 game total of 34 points. Taevan Grant rounded out the Hawks scoring with 2 points.  Hawks win 41-28.

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Congratulations to:

Collin Lancaster – All Tournament Team, 5 game point total: 35

Bailey Moody – Female MVP, 5 game point total: 47

Eric Francis – Male MVP, 5 game point total: 64

Cade  Maynor – AMA Award – Ability, Motivation, Attitude

On behalf of the Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks, BlazeSports would like to thank the Rockford Park District for being a great host and running a first rate tournament. Special thanks for all our parents and grandparents that made the trip to provide our team with the best cheering section in the country!

 

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Announcing the launch of VA Paralympic Soccer Camp Program

In partnership with the U.S. Soccer Federation and U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, BlazeSports is excited to announce the pilot of the nation’s first “VA Paralympic Soccer Camp” program.

This BlazeSports’ program is designed specifically to identify injured military personnel and ex-service veterans who qualify to compete in Paralympic 7-a-side Soccer. Athletes selected for the program will attend a six day camp held in Atlanta, GA at Oglethorpe University where they will participate in daily soccer sessions under the supervision of qualified U.S Soccer coaches. In total 3 camps will be held in Atlanta this year with all travel, accommodation and food expenses provided to attending athletes. During each camp players will have the opportunity to impress US Soccer coaching staff with the chance of being selected for the Paralympic National Soccer Team.

U.S. Soccer’s Paralympic Head Coach said regarding this new project “this is an exciting new partnership with BlazeSports that will be increase opportunities for injured current and ex service personnel to access this game of soccer. This will hopefully just be the start of many new grassroots partnerships that will in time grow awareness and participation of Paralympic Soccer across the country.”  

For any questions regarding the VA Paralympic Soccer Camp, please contact Sam Zapatka, coordinator of the program by email: szapatka@blazesports.org

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Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks Open Their 2014-15 Season

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The Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks were a perfect 9 for 9 at the 2014 North Carolina Winter Classic winning both the Varsity and Prep divisions. The Junior Wheelchair Hawks’ Prep team earned a spot in the championship game with victories on Saturday against the Mississippi Wheelcats, Rollin Hornets (NC) and the Lakeshore Sharks (AL).

The Junior Wheelchair Hawks Prep team faced the second year team, the Mississippi Wheelcats in the Championship Game. The Wheelcats proved to be the Hawks’ toughest competition of the weekend scoring 17 points against the Hawks in their first match up, more than twice the Hawks’ other two opponents.  In the Championship Game, the Hawks continued with their trademark tenacious defense led by Collin Lancaster and Taevon Grant holding the Wheelcats to only 4 points at half time. The Hawks got 11 points from Collin Lancaster, with 8 points from Eric Francis and Taevon Grant to lead at the half 29-4. The Hawks use the strong first period to give the chance to play their bench the entire second half.  Hawks win 29-6.

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With four straight wins, the Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks Prep Team won their third consecutive Winter Classic Championship. In addition to the Championship honors, Collin Lancaster was selected to the All-Tournament Team and Eric Francis was named MVP for the 2014 Winter Classic Prep Tournament.

The Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks’ Varsity Team earned a spot in Sunday’s Championship games with four wins on Saturday.  The Hawks would face the local rivals, the Lakeshore Lakers, which in the match-up on Saturday, the Hawks beat 64-24.  Defense was the key to the first win over the Lakers and it would continue during their second game. The Hawks started strong behind 18 points from Josh Joines and 6 points from Treyvon Smith and led 30-19 at half time.  The Hawks defense stiffened in the second half allowed allowing only 8 points. Hawks got points from 8 of their 12 players including: 33 from Josh Joines, Treyvon Smith (11), Samuel Armas (4), Cameron Elzey (4),Brent O’Grady (3) and KJ Reese, Jordan Kozloski and Polina Glukhova who each scored 2 points . Hawks win their third consecutive Varsity Winter Classic Championship, 61-27.

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Josh Joines was selected to the Varsity All-Tournament Team. Josh shot 45 of 72 for a .625 tournament shooting % and had the tournament high point total with 91 points scored.  In the two Lakeshore Games, Josh outscored the entire Lakeshore team, 26-24 and 33-27. Congratulations Josh!

BlazeSports would like to congratulate both the Prep and Varsity team of the Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks for their strong start to the 2014-15 season. Next up for the Hawks is a pair of road trips on the weekend of December 5.  The Prep squad travel to Rockford, IL to battle some of the top Prep teams in the Midwest, while the Varsity team travels to Houston to mix it up with a bunch of top 10 teams.

Special thanks to Bridge II Sports and the Charlotte Rollin Hornets for hosting another successful Winter Classic.

 

For more information on the Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks, contact Jeff Jones at jjones@blazesports.org or call 404-270-2036.

 

 

 

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