BlazeSports International just returned from Uganda this month after hosting amazing USAID Sports for Youth with Physical Disabilities Uganda Initiative Training Workshops & Festivals in both Kampala & Gulu. The trip was part of an initiative in partnership with USAID to host eight training workshops from 2017-2019 to equip leaders in Uganda with inclusive strategies to engage youth with physical disabilities through sport and activity.
Each training event was followed by inclusive sports festivals for the children with and without disabilities (reaching nearly 1,000 children) as an opportunity for trained leaders to implement learned skills and to promote positive messaging regarding individuals with physical disabilities.
BlazeSports and the USAID Sports for Youth with Physical Disabilities Uganda Initiative Training Workshops were interviewed and featured on UBC TV Uganda. Click here to see the full story:
Learn more by following our daily journey in pictures:
DECEMBER 2, 2017: BLAZESPORTS ARRIVES IN KAMPALA
The BlazeSports team and the Uganda National Paralympic Committee worked hard in preparation – including getting the programming set-up…and the t-shirts ready for all our workshop participants and children attending our sports festival.
DECEMBER 3, 2017: DAY 1, KAMPALA – USAID Sports for Youth with Physical Disabilities Uganda Initiative Training Workshop
More than 80 practitioners, coaches, teachers, athletes, organizations and community leaders participated in an interactive series of sessions about addressing sports participation barriers, physical literacy, understanding different impairments and their impacts, disability etiquette and much more!
DECEMBER 4, 2017: DAY 2, KAMPALA – USAID Sports for Youth with Physical Disabilities Uganda Initiative Training Workshop
BlazeSports returned to Lugogo Stadium to do further training in physical literacy, adaptive equipment, how to create inclusive activities for all levels of ability and strategies for increasing the participation of girls with disabilities in sports. Everyone shared their input with the other attendees.
DECEMBER 5, 2017: DAY 3, KAMPALA – USAID Sports for Youth with Physical Disabilities Uganda Initiative FESTIVAL
See the ABILITY! That was the focus of our first USAID – US Agency for International Development Sports for Youth With Disabilities in Uganda Sports Festival! Our training workshop participants and children, with and without disabilities, from around the Kampala area participated together in a series of inclusive, fun, adaptive sports and recreation activities. BlazeSports America Sports Ambassadors for this project – David Emong, Uganda Paralympic Gold Medalist, played sports with the children. Sam Gombya, Kampala Deputy Mayor, Uganda recording artist sang songs with the children. The head of the Uganda National Council of Sports addressed all our Sports Festival attendees. We thank all our workshop participants, children, Sports Ambassadors, media and partner organizations for playing, singing and dancing with us and making the festival a huge success!
DECEMBER 7, 2017: DAY 1, GULU- USAID Sports for Youth with Physical Disabilities Uganda Initiative Training Workshop
Wonderful first day in Gulu for our USAID – US Agency for International Development Training Workshop focusing on Sports for Youth Physical Disabilities Initiative In Uganda! Wonderful turnout from the Gulu District! We very much appreciate Gulu District officials for opening and closing today’s workshop – the Honorable Aciro Teddy Luwa, Secretary for Production, Marketing and Natural Resources and the Honorable Lakwonyero Dennis Ocem, Local Council V, Councilor, Gulu District Local Government, as well as the Gulu District Rehabilitation Officer. We also were happy to have Charles Okwanga, Gulu Wheelchair basketball player and one of our project Sports Ambassadors.
From L to R: SOS Children’s Village head – Benjamin, BlazeSports America Executive Director – Cynthia Frisina, the Honorable Aciro Teddy Luwa Gulu District, the Honorable Lakwonyero Dennis Ocem, Councillor Gulu District, Mpindi Bumali – President, Uganda National Paralympic Committee.
Members of the Gulu Wheelchair Basketball team and BlazeSports America ED Cynthia Frisina — in Gulu, Uganda.
DECEMBER 8, 2017: DAY 2, GULU – USAID Sports for Youth with Physical Disabilities Uganda Initiative Training Workshop
All participants were excited and engaged in our interactive training sessions reinforcing the workshop objectives. It was amazing to see the incredible Gulu organizations, coaches, teachers, government officials and community leaders show their support and demonstrate their commitment to providing more opportunities to children with physical disabilities – especially girls!
DECEMBER 9, 2017: DAY 3, GULU – USAID Sports for Youth with Physical Disabilities Uganda Initiative Festival
We wrapped up the trip with our Festival in Gulu! Our inclusive Sports Festival for our USAID – US Agency for International Development Sports for Youth with Physical Disabilities in Uganda had an incredible turnout of children, local organizations and government officials, teachers, coaches, community leaders! We thank the Gulu District Chairman for his support. Everyone had a fantastic time!