BlazeSports America Impact Report 2015

 

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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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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CDSS Training at Springfield College

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Over the weekend of April 24-26, Jeff Jones and Sam Zapatka traveled to the campus of Springfield College in Massachusetts to deliver CDSS (Certified Disability Sports Specialist) training to students, faculty, and community members.  This is the second of the six total presentations that will be delivered throughout the United States in 2014.  In attendance were 30 Springfield College students, 3 Springfield College Professors, as well as 10 members from the surrounding New England community.  Throughout the 2 day course, the participants were engaged in different presentations including adaptive sport equipment, Paralympic history, disability advocacy, and more.  

The next CDSS presentation will take place in Huntingdon, Alabama July 18-19. 

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BlazeSports continues its sport for development work in Haiti

On Friday, March 21st a group of 18 coaches, community leaders, sport professionals gathered at the Centre for Research and Training for Economic and Social Development (CRESFED) for a Sport for Development workshop, facilitated by BlazeSports and Kennesaw State University. The participants had the opportunity to learn about ways in which sport can be use to achieve inclusion in schools and address social issues in Haiti. Dr. Sherrill Hayes, Director of the Masters of Science in Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University, facilitated a roundtable where participants had a chance to not only learn from each other but left with concrete action steps to implement in their communities

photo2  “The UNOSDP funded training hosted by Fondation Gerard Pierre-Charles and BlazeSports America was a top-notch professional event. It was energizing to be in a room filled with Haitian professionals from different government Ministries and local NGOs. Their enthusiasm and willingness to learn from the trainers,  share and learn from each other was the most encouraging aspect of the day-long workshop for me.  The whole process was facilitated by the instantaneous interpretation conducted by two interpreters and heard through headsets. This application of technology made the training flow quickly without the need for frequent pauses. The participants demonstrated their comprehension of the content by engaging with the trainers and having challenging discussions with each other about both the issues facing and the possibilities for sport for development and peace in Haiti. In contrast to many workshops, this group had more energy by the end of the day and was ready to continue the plans they had developed during the day. Thank you to all the project partners and all the Haitian participants for a transformative experience.” – Sherrill Hayes, Director of the Masters in Science in Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University

 

 “The workshop was able to remind each participant the power of sports , not just running every day in the news with large global elitephoto3 athletes with large salaries and a whole industry behind it, but also the other sports, which are performed by anonymous people , who practiced in the streets , squares , on the beaches and in the mountains. That practiced by boys and girls without athletic and muscular bodies , seniors , people with disabilities , ourselves, the sport in which one character is and where winning is not the goal , which educates and forge values, improving health, building citizens , sport for all, which is finally a vector of social development.” – Daniel Pierre-Charles, Director of Youth and Sport Programs at the Foundation Gérard Pierre-Charles

As part of BlazeSports initiative in Haiti, the first International Day of Sport for Development and Peace will be celebrated on April 6th. In partnership with the Ministry of Youth Sport and Civic Engagement (MJSAC, acronym in French) BlazeSports and the Foundation Gérard Pierre-Charles  will organize an inclusive sports festival, with children with physical, sensory, intellectual and children without disabilities. In this festival the youth will discover various Paralympic sports such as boccia, sitting volleyball, and games that allow them to improve the perception, coordination and conditioning of the participants with and without disabilities. It will also be an opportunity to raise awareness of disability rights and promote the values ​​associated with sport for all, such as solidarity, environment, fair-play, cooperation and respect.

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Access To Sport Webinar Series – Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Rugby, Smashing Stereotypes One Hit at a Time

When: January 22, 2014, 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST

Presenters: Jeff Jones, BlazeSports America, USA Head Coach James Gumbert, and current co-captain and USA National Team member, Joe Delagrave

Registration:  https://cc.readytalk.com/r/7rw9ajqr7qwt&eom

Continuing Education Units: 0.1 CEU credit will be provided

Description:  You may have heard of the sport described as Murderball or competition in “Mad Max-style” chairs, created in Canada to give opportunity for quadriplegics. It has been featured in the critically acclaimed and Oscar nominated documentary, Murderball, which follows the pitted rivalry between USA and Canada, and the life of USA Wheelchair Rugby athletes on their quest for gold in the Athens Paralympic games.

Join us for a view into one of the fastest growing parasports in the world, through the eyes of USA Head Coach James Gumbert and current co-captain and USA National Team member, Joe Delagrave. With sellout crowds at the London 2012 Games, three gold medals in 2013, regain of their number one ranking, and a new partnership with USA Rugby, wheelchair rugby is poised to reclaim their World Championship title in 2014 and dominate the Rio 2016 Games. Learn more about the sport as a whole, how it changes lives, and how you can support or get involve.

 

About the Access to Sport Webinar Series
This webinar series is brought to you by The Reeve Foundation Paralysis Community and BlazeSports.  The BlazeSports America Access to Sport webinar series is designed to introduce people with spinal cord injury and other mobility impairments to the wide world of adapted sport.

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