BlazeSports to host U.S. Paralympic Track & Field “Gateway to Gold” Event

 

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COME AND TRY PARALYMPIC TRACK AND FIELD!

BlazeSports America and the United States Paralympic Committee (USOC) are hosting a free “Gateway to Gold” event to introduce coaches and individuals with physical disabilities, including youth, adults and military veterans to the Paralympic Track and Field. As part of the event, participants will learn technique, safety, and a variety of skills to help determine their aptitude for Paralympic Track and Field and possibly identify potential future U.S. Paralympic athletes!

If you have a physical disability and have never tried track and field before this a great place to start! Top USA coaches will provide the coaching and adapted track and field equipment is available.

Register Online Here

COACHES CLINIC (CLASSROOM):

Where: BlazeSports America Office – 1670 Oakbrook Drive Suite 331, Norcross, GA 30093
Why: Learn from the experts! We will have 3 Paralympic National level track & field coaches presenting.
Date: Friday, May 20, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (snacks and refreshments will be provided)
Who: Track and field coaches
Cost: Free

Gateway to Gold Event:

Where: St. Pius X Catholic School – 2674 Johnson Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30345
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Who: Children & adults with a physical disability (Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Visual Impairment, Amputees, and Dwarfism), and coaches (All levels welcome)
Cost: Free (lunch included)

Contact: Kit McCluskey – kmccluskey@blazesports.org

 

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“Sports For All” Brazil

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.

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