2017 Uganda Highlights

Sports for Youth with Disabilities Initiative in Uganda

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
    Charles Okwonga
  • 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

Workgroup Notes

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:

  1. Communications and Outreach
  2. Training and Capacity Building
  3. “Call to Action” Document
  4. 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.

What’s Next?

Training Workshop and Youth Inclusive Sports Festivals

Dates: Early November 2017
Locations: TBD in Kampala and Gulu

2017 USAID Sports for Youth Initiative in Uganda Partner Meeting
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 uganda@blazesports.org.