This weekend, BlazeSports will host the best youth wheelchair basketball teams in the region at the Southeastern Conference Championship. The event will take place on Saturday, February 28 and Sunday, March 1 at Sprayberry High School, 2525 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA. This year will be the fourth year in a row that BlazeSports has hosted the regional championships.
The Southeastern Conference Championship represents the final tournament of the season prior to the 2015 National Championships which are scheduled for April 16-18 in Louisville, KY.
The teams competing in this year’s Southeastern Conference Championship include:
- BlazeSports Atlanta Junior Wheelchair Hawks (Prep and Varsity)
- Bridge II Sports Jr. Thunder (Varsity)
- Charlotte Junior Wheelchair Hornets (Prep)
- Lakeshore Foundation Sharks (Prep) and Lakers (Varsity)
- Mississippi Wheelcats (Prep and Varsity (Varsity)
- Montgomery Red Wings (Varsity)
See the full 2015 Tournament Schedule
Cheer on the Hawks!
The BlazeSports Atlanta Junior Hawks’ Prep team is currently undefeated (16-0) and have hopes for a perfect season and a #1 ranking for the National Championships. The Hawks’ Varsity team is currently ranked #4 in the country and hope to maintain that position going into April’s National Championships.
We invite everyone to come and help cheer on BlazeSports’ Atlanta Junior Hawks in their last regional tournament of the year. GO HAWKS!
For more information on the BlazeSports Atlanta Junior Hawks contact Jessie Romito at email@example.com or 404-270-2028.
Thank you to our 2015 Southeastern Conference Championship Sponsors
The BlazeSports Atlanta Junior Hawks travel to Birmingham, AL for the 2015 Southeast Regional Junior Wheelchair Basketball Tournament. The SE Regionals hosted by the Lakeshore Foundation, is now one of the largest Junior tournaments in the country this season with 12 Varsity teams and 4 Prep teams entered. The SE Regionals will be one the last major tournaments in the season for teams to improve their national rankings prior to the final seeding for the 2015 National Championship tournament.
The National Wheelchair Basketball Association posted the February national rankings and The BlazeSports Atlanta Junior Hawks Varsity squad improved to #4 in the country, the highest ranking in the history of the team. Prep rankings have not been posted this season, but the Hawk’s National Champions Prep team is still undefeated so far this season.
The team seeding for the SE Regional was based on the NWBA’s February 9 Junior Division rankings.
||SE Regional Seeding
||NWBA Ranking Feb 9th
|BlazeSports Atlanta Jr. Hawks
|Grand Rapids Pacers (MI)
|Turnstone Flyers (IN)
|Katie’s Komets White
|Rancho Renegades (CA)
|Lakeshore Lakers (AL)
|Katie’s Komets Red
As the #2 seed, BlazeSports Atlanta Junior Hawks Varsity team will play two games on Saturday, February 16, starting with the winner of Game 4, Rancho Renegades vs. Katie Komets Red the #10 seed.
The Prep division only attracted 4 teams: BlazeSports Atlanta Jr. Hawks, the Mississippi Wheelcats, the Lakeshore Sharks (AL) and the Charlotte Hornets (NC). Each of the Prep teams will play each other on Saturday, also giving the Hawks’ Prep team three games on Saturday with playoffs games scheduled for Sunday.
For more information on The BlazeSports Atlanta Junior Hawks contact Jessie Romito at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hawks Sweep Pioneer Classic
This weekend BlazeSports Junior Wheelchair Hawks traveled to the 28th Annual Pioneer Classic Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham. Recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious wheelchair basketball tournaments in the nation, teams from across the country are selected to participate in the invitational. Fourteen adult teams and four youth teams competed, totaling over 200 athletes.
The Junior Hawks Varsity and Prep teams each played a double header against Lakeshore’s varsity and prep teams.
The Varsity squad started the day off with a low scoring defensive game against the Lakeshore Lakers. Josh Joines and Brent O’Grady led the Hawks at halftime with 8 points each. Hawks led at the break 24-12. The Hawks tightened their defense in the second half only allowing the Lakers 6 more points. Josh Joines finished 14 points, followed by Brent O’Grady with 12 points. Jordon Kozloski added 8 points, with Treyvon Smith scoring 4 points and Luke Hutchinson adding 2 points. Hawks win 40-18.
In the second varsity game the Hawks had a better offensive outing while at the same time maintaining a great defensive effort. Josh Joines led all scorers with 23 points, followed by Brent O’Grady, Jordon Kozloski and Treyvon Smith with 6 points each. KJ Reese and Collin LaFon scored 4 points and Cameron Elzey and Chance Boyd added 2 points. Hawks win 53-17 to improve their season record to 10-6.
The Hawks Prep team continued their season’s winning streak with two wins over the Lakeshore Sharks. The Hawks’ Prep team presented a challenge to Coach Marc Lancaster when all 15 players attended, the first time this season the whole team was able to make the tournament. In the first match up the Hawks started strong behind great defense from their starting five players. Eric Francis led the Hawks at halftime with 6 points followed by Collin Lancaster with 4 points. Hawks up 14-2 at halftime. The second half the Hawks rotated in all 10 bench players. Eric Francis led the Hawks with 8 points. Collin Lancaster, Bailey Moody and Taevan Grant each added 4 points. Zachary Armas, Tanner Atkins and Malachi Kirkland scored 2 points. Hawks win 26-16.
In the second game the Hawk Prep squad repeated their efforts from game one, making sure all 15 players got playing time. Rookie Bailey Moody led all scorers with 12 points followed by Eric Francis with 8 points and Collin Lancaster with 6 points. Taevan Grant and Malachi Kirkland rounded out the scoring by adding 2 points. Hawks win 30- 17 to extend their season record to a perfect 11-0 with an overall win streak that started last season of 15 wins in a row.
Check out the Pioneer Classic Shooting Stats
For more information on the BlazeSports Junior Hawks Wheelchaor basketball program contact Jessie Romito at email@example.com.
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
BlazeSports Haiti Celebrates International Day of People with Disabilities
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.
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org