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Thank you to all of you, from the bottom of our hearts, for making this happen and helping us deliver more quality adaptive sport opportunities for people with physical disabilities.
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BlazeSports America is celebrating 20 years this year! So much has been accomplished over the years, and we want to share it with you.
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 975,000 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.
To view the full Impact Report, click here!
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Team Blaze will be participating in the Hong Kong Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival Saturday for the first time, September 13th. This unique race will be held at Lake Lanier where the 1996 Summer Olympic Rowing and Paddling events were hosted. Moving into its eighth year, the Atlanta event is part of a series of races taking place in major metropolitan areas along the east coast including Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York.
Our team, compiled of athletes, family members and staff, will be competing against 50 other teams with over 5,000 spectators that come out to join in the excitement and cultural experience.
If you would like to help sponsor Team Blaze, please find our fundraising page at http://www.gofundme.com/8yv6w8.
All funds raised will contribute towards the ongoing provision and development of sports programs and events for youth and veterans with physical disabilities in GA. Thank you for your support!
Dragon Boat Festival History
“Based on an ancient Chinese legend, the Dragon Boat Festival has deep cultural ties, evidenced by the ceremony and ritual surrounding the races. Four days before a traditional festival, the dragon boats are taken from repose to have their heads and tails attached. Typically, a community leader is invited to “dot the eye” of the dragon in a ceremony designed to rouse its sleeping spirit. While in some cultures the dragon is considered to be evil, in Chinese culture dragons are viewed as strong, powerful and frequently a symbol for the spring rains and growth. Dragons are also viewed as protective and benevolent, which is why dragon boat racing is often thought of as a means of spreading good luck. In return for staging the dragon boat races, it is believed that the community will be blessed with happiness and prosperity.
The dragon boat itself is a spectacle to behold. The slim, 39-foot teakwood racer (and fiberglass models) is crafted today in only a handful of boat-yards in Hong Kong. Distinguished by a fierce-looking dragon’s head at the prow and a tail at the stern, traditional dragon boats require thirty days, three craftsmen, and years of practice to produce.” http://www.dragonboatatlanta.com/about/history/
For more information about the event or Team Blaze contact Kit at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office (404) 270 2000.