2017 Adaptive Sports Summit | January 19 – 20
On January 19 and 20, 2017, 41 attendees from 33 organizations from Kampala and Gulu representing all sectors came together for the 2017 Adaptive Sports Summit hosted by the Uganda Paralympic Committee and BlazeSports International. The Summit is part of a larger three-year initiative funded by USAID to build capacity related to inclusion and adaptive sport in Uganda and get kids with physical disabilities more active. In the photo above, US Ambassador Deborah Malac and Rosemary Seninde, Ugandan Minister of State for Primary Education, Ministry for Education and Sports spoke to attendees on Day 2 of the Summit in support of the project.
Mini-Grant Funding Request for Application
In March 2017, BlazeSports and the Uganda Paralympic Committee shared a Request for Application with all coalition members to support local adaptive sport programs for youth with physical disabilities in Kampala and Gulu. Ten applications were received and are currently under review. Four grantees will be funded. Grantees will be announced in September 2017. The grants are for the period of Oct 1, 2017 – August 31, 2019.
Meet our Project Ambassadors!
- Sam Gombya
Deputy Mayor for Kampala Central, popular musician, and polio survivor
- David Emong
Uganda’s First Paralympic Medalist in 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro
- Aidah Katushabe
Wheelchair basketball player; 2nd year medical student at Makerere University
- Wheelchair basketball player with Gulu Wheelchair Basketball Club
Top Row (left to right): Sam Gombya and David Emong
Bottom Row (left to right): Aidah Katushabe and Charles Okwonga
We are grateful to everyone who signed up for one or more of the workgroups.
As part of the coalition, the following workgroups were formed:
- Communications and Outreach
- Training and Capacity Building
- “Call to Action” Document
- Gulu Region
Workgroups will meet quarterly throughout the project via conference call or skype. The Coalition will meet 1-2 times per year in person in Kampala.
Training Workshop and Youth Inclusive Sports Festivals
Dates: Early November 2017
Locations: TBD in Kampala and Gulu
Success Stories, Pictures, Events related to adaptive sports and inclusion in your organization, school or community?
We want to hear them. They will be included in future e-newsletters. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.