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Register today for the BlazeSports America 2017 Field & Track Meet!

Get ready to make your mark at the 2017 BlazeSports America Track & Field Meet!

Saturday, June 24, 2017
St. Pius X High School
2674 Johnson Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30345

The 3rd Annual BlazeSports America Olympic Day Track & Field Meet is an open meet for all Youth and Adult Track & Field athletes with physical disabilities, both ambulatory and wheelchair.

This USA Track & Field sanctioned meet is a qualifying meet for Nationals while also doubling as a Paralympian meet & greet!

Track events included are 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m. Field events included are shot put, javelin, long jump, and discus.

Registration is $30 and closes June 13, 2017.
(Lunch, T-Shirt, and medal for every registered athlete)

Please contact tliscomb@blazesports.org if interested or with questions.

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Veteran’s Water Sport Day – Register Today!

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Congrats to all the 2016 Award Winners!

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the 2016 Triumph of the Human Spirit Awards.  Thank you to all our guests, partners and sponsors  for making it a such a wonderful evening!

Check out out the photo gallery from the evening captured by the talented Paul Ward.

 

 

 

 

 

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BlazeSports International: Sports For All Project in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

“Sports for All” Project continues in São Paulo, Brazil

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Trainees in Sao Paulo enjoyed transferring their learning into a practical setting

This past week, USAID and BlazeSports International “Sports for All” initiative arrived in São Paulo to host a workshop on strategies for inclusion in physical activities and sports. In 2 days, 41 physical activity professionals from SESC Pompéia, participated in trainings to promote the integration of people with and without disabilities in the physical activity environment. Each of the professionals work in different fields but came together to learn how to use adaptive sports such as sit volleyball, boccia, wheelchair basketball and goalboall as a way of inclusion.  

The workshop included training in theory and in practical settings. The theoretical training explained the importance of including the minority without excluding the majority when building strategies for inclusion. The professionals were then able to put these theories into action by practicing different games and activities with each other.

Following these workshops BlazeSports attended the International Seminar on Inclusion in Physical Education and Sports which focused on New Perspectives on Professional Practice. Felipe Rodrigues, BlazeSport’s Director of International Sport for Development presented and participated in a roundtable discussion on the models of inclusion of people with disabilities in physical activity and sports. Alongside 2 other leading professionals in the sport for development field, Felipe presented the USAID and BlazeSports initiative “Sports for All.”

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The whole group taking part in the Sport For All Project in Sao Paolo

BlazeSports is excited to continue working on the USAID initiative throughout 2016 with workshops being held in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Brasilia in March. As well as a celebration of the USAID and Blazesports initiative “Sports for All,” during next year’s Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro.

 

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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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GA Disability Sport Awards 2014

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Sunday, November 9th 2014, 2pm – 5pm

Atlanta History Center

130 West Paces Ferry Road

Atlanta, GA 30305 

 

PURCHASE EVENT TICKETS HERE 

 

Keynote Speaker: Aimee Copeland

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Performance by: Full Radius Dance

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  Nominations for the 2014 GA Disability Sports Awards are now CLOSED

 

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

See the 2013 GA Disability Sports Award Winners 

 

Event Raffle – Trip for 2 to Las Vegas!

*Approximate value of $2100.00

-Complimentary 3 night stay at one of The Venetian’s or Palazzo’s luxurious suites with VIP Check-In

-Dinner for two at Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio

-Two show tickets to Rock of Ages or Human Nature

-Gondola ride for two

-Airfare for 2 from anywhere within the continental USA 

Drawing: Sunday – November 9, 2014 at the event. Winner does not need to be present.

Ticket price: 1 for $25 or 5 for $100

You can purchase your tickets online or at the event. 

Purchase your Las Vegas raffle tickets here!

 *Please note how many tickets you are buying in the comments section.

 

 

 

 

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Aimee Copeland to be the 2014 GDSA Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to announce that Georgia’s own, Aimee Copeland will be our keynote speaker for the 2014 Georgia Disability Sport Awards.

Aimee, a University of West Georgia graduate student, miraculously survived a near fatal case of necrotizing fasciitis after falling from a zip line in May 2012. Against all odds and medical knowledge, Aimee lived through the infection, but lost her entire left leg, right foot and both hands during the process.

Two years since her accident, Aimee is living more independently, staying active and working on her second master’s degree. She enjoys the outdoors and working with others. She continues to live life to the fullest and uses her story to inspire others who face similar struggles. 

The Georgia Disability Sport Awards will be held on Sunday, November 9th from 2pm-5pm at the Atlanta History Center.

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