In 2015, BlazeSports International, in partnership with Gérard Pierre-Charles Foundation, completed a four-year intensive, field-based initiative called the “Disability Sport Project in Haiti.” This aimed to promote development of sport and physical activity programs for people with disabilities.
The project included comprehensive training opportunities for Haitian coaches, program staff, and volunteers with focus on soccer in cooperation with the Haitian Paralympic Committee and local disability sport organizations. Also, the project aimed to increase the number of sport programs across the country and establish outreach and activities in the large tent communities with clusters of people with disabilities
BlazeSports International maintains the mission of changing lives of people with physical disabilities through sport, and has garnered support from the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP).
The “Disability Sport Project in Haiti” benefited 3,435 children with disabilities, 36 of which are student-athletes from the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Civic Engagement. BlazeSports also trained 312 individuals on the strategies of inclusion of people with and without physical disabilities in sport activities.
BlazeSport International also provided and adapted training for six physical education teachers and coached in Haiti to grow in knowledge and ability of implementing adaptive sport activities.
BlazeSport Jordan Paralympic Sport Development Project, which was delivered with supporting partners, was a field-based sports initiative aimed at children and youths with disabilities. The project aimed to increase access, for those in Jordan with disabilities, to quality sport and recreation opportunities. The project also was designed to help to train current service providers to ensure a lasting legacy of disability sports provision within the country.
To this end, project enhanced the knowledge and expertise individuals from a variety or backgrounds such as coaches, educators, sport managers, referees, classifiers, and students in sport and recreation programming. Those who attended the organized course were also be given the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a practical setting.
Some of our project highlights include:
• Disability sport workshops that provide attendees information on the specific considerations and practical solutions that are relevant when working with those with disabilities.
• The provision of sport-specific Train the Trainer courses which provide based experts with additional knowledge to disseminate to those working at a grassroots level.
• Increased awareness and opportunity for those with disabilities to participate in sport through the organization of festivals and clinics.