Five of our BlazeSports athletes have been named as 2017 U.S. Paralympic High School All-Americans! We are so proud of you!
Congratulations to our track and field athletes: Adam Kiel, Carson Lundhagen, Cathryn Gray and Jordan McGuire for being recognized as 2017 U.S. Paralympic Track and Field High School All-Americans! Only 71 high school athletes in the entire U.S. were recognized as High School Track and Field All-Americans based on their performance. (Jordan was recognized in Shot Put; Adam was recognized in Long Jump; Cathryn was recognized in Discus and Javelin; Carson was recognized in Long Jump and Shot Put.)
And congratulations to our swimming athlete, McClain Hermes, for making the 2016-17 Scholastic All-America team! In order to be considered for the Scholastic All-America Team, swimmers must maintain a 3.5 GPA for the current academic year and swim a time equal to a 2016 Winter Junior Championships qualifying time in any event during the qualification period.
Thank you to the outstanding BlazeSports staff, coaches and volunteers who have helped grow our track and field program to this level of success and accomplishment!
BlazeSports America is honored to be the recipient of the United States Olympic Committee’s 2017 “Rings of Gold” award for Outstanding Sports Program — FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW! Last year BlazeSports was recognized for our outstanding Youth sports programming and this year we were honored for the impact our Veterans adaptive sports program is making. No other organization has ever been a “Rings of Gold” honoree twice! We are honored beyond measure to be recognized by the US Olympic Committee in this way for our continuous improvement in program quality, training and education, and positive impact on the people we serve. The 2017 “Rings of Gold” award was presented at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Assembly in Colorado Springs, CO, October 13th.
The US Olympic Committee “Rings of Gold” award annually recognizes a sports program dedicated to helping athletes develop their Olympic or Paralympic dreams, and reach their highest athletic and personal potential. THANK YOU to all the athletes, families, staff, coaches, volunteers, partners, board members and supporters who have helped us continually improve what we do and how we do it so we can deliver on our mission of changing lives through sports and recreation!
2016 was the realization of a dream. 20 years after the 1996 Paralympic Games were held in Atlanta, Georgia, BlazeSports America continues to deliver every day on our mission to change the lives of individuals with physical disabilities through adaptive sports and recreation. Thank you for being a part of our journey and a partner in helping us transform thousands of lives in such important ways.
BlazeSports America’s mission is to change the lives of children and adults with physical disabilities through adaptive sport and recreation. Since the organization’s start in 1996 following the Atlanta Paralympic Games, more than 997,000 people have been reached worldwide with over 21 million hours of adaptive sports programming and leadership.
This is just a drop in the bucket when looking at the broad scale of how much of an influence BlazeSports America has had on so many youth, parents, veterans, and volunteers.
“Sports for All”: Empowering People with Disabilities to Lead an Active Lifestyle is a two-year project seeking to improve the health and quality of life for Brazilians with disabilities. This is achieved through participation in sport and physical activity while increasing public awareness of the right to sport for people with disabilities.
BlazeSports International has returned to Brazil this month to host BlazeSports USAID “Sports For All” programming. This is the final installment of a two-year program seeking to improve the health and quality of life for Brazilians with disabilities.