BlazeSports International returns to Brazil to host ‘Sports for All’ activities
The BlazeSports International team returns to Brazil to host training workshops and inclusive sports festivals promoting integration of youth with and without disabilities in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Brasilia as part of the USAID and BlazeSports initiative ‘Sports for All Brazil’.
‘Sports for All’ Empowering People with Disabilities to Lead an Active Lifestyle project in Brazil aims to promote awareness of the rights of children and adults with disabilities to experience the full enjoyment of sports and physical activity, improve health and quality of life of Brazilians with disabilities through participation in sports, and create an inclusive and accessible society that allow for people with disabilities to participate throughout daily life.
The Training Workshops followed by an inclusive sports festival, which are open to the public, will take place in each of the three cities. The festivals will provide an opportunity for community members, workshop participants and project partners to try adaptive sports, apply learned skills and increase awareness about the overall initiative. A full schedule is provided below. Stay tuned for great pics of our team and partners in action!
Rio de Janeiro – Campus da Universidade Estacio na Barra da Tijuca
March 10-11: Workshops
March 12: Festival
São Paulo – SESC Pinheiros
March 15-16: Workshops
March 17: Festival
Brasilia – SESC Ceilândia
March 18-19: Workshops
March 20: Festival
Since the two-year project began in 2014, ‘Sports for All’ initiative has served 299 individuals, trained 63 leaders on inclusive sport strategies and strengthened and empowered 7 organizations. BlazeSports International will host final trainings and workshops in July in a lead up to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Project partners include the Secretary of Sport and Leisure for the City of Rio de Janeiro (SMEL), SPORTV, Secretariat of the State of Rio de Janeiro for Sport, Leisure, and Youth (SEELJE), SESC, Brazilian Society of Adapted Physical Activity (SOBAMA), and the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee.