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BlazeSports America At BlazeSports, we’re driven to provide sports to all children and adults with physical disabilities.
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Our March Veteran spotlight is shining bright on Hassan Rafig's remarkable journey. Hassan served in the USMC during the...
03/20/2024

Our March Veteran spotlight is shining bright on Hassan Rafig's remarkable journey. Hassan served in the USMC during the Vietnam era, where he held various roles: a computer operator for 5 years, a computer programmer for 23 years, and an elementary school teacher for 28 years, specializing in K-2nd grade. For the past 2 years, he has actively participated in BlazeSports, engaging in activities like cycling, archery, yoga and water aerobics.

Hassan and his wife celebrate 46 years of marriage, blessed with 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. We extend our heartfelt gratitude for his involvement in BlazeSports, and we look forward to many more years of serving him! 🔥

2024 BlazeSports Summer  Camp registration is now open! Join us on June 2nd-7th at Camp Twin Lakes in Winder, GA. Camp P...
03/15/2024

2024 BlazeSports Summer Camp registration is now open! Join us on June 2nd-7th at Camp Twin Lakes in Winder, GA. Camp Phoenix provides campers with a variety of adaptive sports and recreational activities while building leadership and self-advocacy skills, developing greater independence and making lifelong friends. Join us for a week that will change your child's life forever. 🔥
To register: bit.ly/4ccEYY7

Get your spot today!BlazeSports is hosting our 5th annual 5k Run, Roll, and Row on April 20th. Grab your family and frie...
03/14/2024

Get your spot today!
BlazeSports is hosting our 5th annual 5k Run, Roll, and Row on April 20th. Grab your family and friends and register your team today to take advantage of early bird pricing. You can run, roll, row, bike, or swim. All ages and abilities are welcome to join us at this fun annual event. 🔥
To register: bit.ly/3T4QjAL

03/08/2024

The BlazeSports Junior Hawks are gearing up for the National Championship tournament in Richmond, VA. To support our journey to Nationals, we're excited to announce the Road to Nationals Raffle! Each raffle ticket is $25. One winner will receive up to $1,000, or 20% of the total proceeds. 🔥
To buy a ticket and help each member of the team with travel costs,
click here : bit.ly/3V3LRFh

At BlazeSports, we’re driven by a desire to provide all children and adults with physical disabilities the chance to live healthy, active lives.

We are thrilled to announce the return of our third annual BlazeSports Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, welcoming participa...
03/07/2024

We are thrilled to announce the return of our third annual BlazeSports Wheelchair Tennis Tournament, welcoming participants of every skill level—from beginners newly acquainted with tennis to more seasoned competitors. Join us on April 27, 2024, at Fair Oaks Tennis Center in Marietta, GA for our popular skills challenge, scoop play, and doubles tournament. 🎾
Register here: bit.ly/3v39tiD

This month, we shine the spotlight on our exceptional youth athlete, Noah Fansler. For the past three years, Noah has pl...
03/07/2024

This month, we shine the spotlight on our exceptional youth athlete, Noah Fansler. For the past three years, Noah has played an integral role in BlazeSports, participating in wheelchair basketball, swimming, track & field, wheelchair tennis and summer camp. His proudest achievement came last summer when he secured 10 gold medals at Junior Nationals in swimming and track & field. Congratulations to Noah on this fantastic accomplishment! A favorite memory for Noah was our Jr. Hawks Prep team winning the SEC Championships last month and creating wonderful memories with his teammates.

Noah embodies athleticism, compassion, and loyalty, qualities that are evident to all who meet him. We're excited to continue supporting Noah in his journey and eagerly anticipate his further development as an athlete. Keep up the great work, Noah! 🔥
Rebecca Thames Fansler

Get your spot today! BlazeSports is hosting the 5th annual 5k Run, Roll, and Row on April 20th. Grab your family and fri...
03/05/2024

Get your spot today! BlazeSports is hosting the 5th annual 5k Run, Roll, and Row on April 20th. Grab your family and friends to register your team today and take advantage of early bird pricing which ends April 13th. You can run, roll, row, bike, or swim. All ages and abilities are welcome to join us at this awesome event! 🔥
To register: bit.ly/3T4QjAL

BlazeSports mission is to change the lives of youth and veterans with disabilities through adaptive sports and recreation.

Come together and join us for a veteran warrior weekend at Camp Twin Lakes! Camp provides you with quality time, rest an...
02/24/2024

Come together and join us for a veteran warrior weekend at Camp Twin Lakes! Camp provides you with quality time, rest and a time to focus on your health. You will have the opportunity for fun activities. Our theme is Joy and Contentment. We will focus on what brings us joy and how to find meaningful contentment.

To register: bit.ly/49jstbw

We are again partnering with City Dance for an awesome toddler and young kid dance class.  Open to all abilities, this 1...
02/23/2024

We are again partnering with City Dance for an awesome toddler and young kid dance class. Open to all abilities, this 12-week series will incorporate creative movement, gross motor skill development and basic dance competencies. Registration fee covers the full 12 week program, costume, and end of program recital.

To register: bit.ly/4bMimgT

City Dance and Music
Atlanta Dance

🎉 Save the Date! 🎉 We are excited to announce our 5th Annual Run, Roll, & Row 5K is coming up on April 20, 2024! Join us...
02/20/2024

🎉 Save the Date! 🎉 We are excited to announce our 5th Annual Run, Roll, & Row 5K is coming up on April 20, 2024! Join us for a day filled with fun, fitness, and inclusion as we come together to support adaptive sports. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details! 🏃‍♂️👨🏾‍🦼🚣‍♀️

Are you ready to jump back into the pool and join a program that will help your child build endurance? In this advanced ...
02/16/2024

Are you ready to jump back into the pool and join a program that will help your child build endurance? In this advanced group, your child will continue to master freestyle and backstroke, as well as learn how to do breaststroke, butterfly, starts, and flip turns. Learn to train is starting back up on February 24th from 1:00-3:00pm at The Wesminster School Pool on Saturdays. The BlazeSwim team will compete in at least 3 adaptive swim meets during a typical year: The Fred Lambach Disability Meet, The Peachtree Paragames - hosted by BlazeSports, and the Move United Junior Nationals.

To sign up: bit.ly/49dXgGB

Our Veteran spotlight for February shines on Charles Stanley who served in the United States Army as a track mechanic. C...
02/16/2024

Our Veteran spotlight for February shines on Charles Stanley who served in the United States Army as a track mechanic. Charles is involved in two BlazeSports programs: adaptive cycling and archery. Reflecting on adaptive cycling, he talks about its role in fostering camaraderie among fellow veterans and leaving him feeling invigorated and focused. Similarly, adaptive archery has provided him with a much-needed outlet for concentration and relaxation which he is grateful for. We are thrilled to have Charles as an integral part of our programs and look forward to continuing to support him in the years to come! 🔥

Yesterday was National Girls & Womens in Sports Day. Each of BlazeSports weekly programs have strong female participatio...
02/08/2024

Yesterday was National Girls & Womens in Sports Day. Each of BlazeSports weekly programs have strong female participation. We are extremely proud of all the female youth, veteran and adult athletes that participate in BlazeSports programs. We are extremely proud to be the home to the Lady Ballers women’s wheelchair basketball team. This all-female team is the only one in the state of Georgia and only one of three in the southeast.

Every day we are inspired by the numerous determined girls and women in our programs who achieve excellence and push the boundaries of adaptive sport. 🔥

Introducing our February Youth Spotlight: John Grimsley. John has been an integral part of BlazeSports for four years, a...
02/06/2024

Introducing our February Youth Spotlight: John Grimsley. John has been an integral part of BlazeSports for four years, actively engaging in wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, and track and field. Among his many achievements, John takes pride in earning a starting position on the prep basketball team. One cherished memory he holds is the post-tennis practice time with his friends, as they chase each other around the tennis courts, laughing, hanging out together and creating great memories.

Already a great advocate for adaptive sports, John recently won a competition to become “mayor for the day" by writing an essay on the topic of enhanced accessibility to buildings and the establishment of a wheelchair sports team in Gainesville, GA. Way to go John. 🔥

John's personality is a blessing to everyone he meets. He can be best described as diligent, resolute, and humorous. We get to witness his unwavering determination (and humor) every week, and we look forward to being part of his continued growth and success as an athlete!

Don Grimsley
Mary Ghioto Grimsley

We are still looking for volunteers for this weekend’s Big Peach Slam Jam! 🏀 In particular to help with the concession s...
02/01/2024

We are still looking for volunteers for this weekend’s Big Peach Slam Jam! 🏀 In particular to help with the concession stand and floater positions. We need about 10 volunteers. We appreciate the dedication, hard work, and support of all the volunteers who make Big Peach possible.

If you are available for a volunteer shift on Saturday or Sunday, please register here: bit.ly/3uhbBmp

🏀 Get Ready to Jam! 🍑🎉 Mark your calendars! The 2024 Big Peach Slam Jam is this weekend, and it's going to be an absolut...
01/29/2024

🏀 Get Ready to Jam! 🍑🎉

Mark your calendars! The 2024 Big Peach Slam Jam is this weekend, and it's going to be an absolute slam dunk of an event! 🙌🔥

📅 February 3 & 4
⏰ 8:00am Start
📍 Location: Lovett School

Get ready for an action-packed day of basketball as 35 incredible wheelchair teams battle it out on the court! 🏆🏀 You won't want to miss this thrilling display of skill, teamwork, and pure excitement!

Interested in volunteering?
Sign up here: bit.ly/3uhbBmp


Stay tuned for updates, digital schedule, and all the slammin' details! Follow us, spread the word, and let's make this year's event the biggest jam yet! 📣🎉



NWBA
Atlanta Hawks
PER4MAX Wheelchairs
Delta Community Credit Union

Are you, like us, eagerly anticipating the arrival of warmer weather? The BlazeSports Wheelchair Tennis program is makin...
01/23/2024

Are you, like us, eagerly anticipating the arrival of warmer weather? The BlazeSports Wheelchair Tennis program is making a comeback on March 7th, taking place on Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM! Our Wheelchair Tennis Program welcomes athletes of all skill levels, whether you're looking for a recreational or competitive experience. We're thrilled to be part of this growing sport and to assist those seeking to enhance their game. All evening tennis sessions will be conducted at the Hudlow Tennis Center in Norcross.

For more information, you can also visit our page: bit.ly/3vOAUwv

BlazeTOTS, in conjunction with the Big Peach Slam Jam, join us for a Hot Shot Competition & Playday for children ages 2-...
01/22/2024

BlazeTOTS, in conjunction with the Big Peach Slam Jam, join us for a Hot Shot Competition & Playday for children ages 2-6 with and without disabilities. Each child will be able to see how many shots they can get in 1 minute. After the competition, all toddlers will receive a medal, free lunch and an opportunity for free play and sports. This is a free event and siblings are welcome! 🏀

Register here: bit.ly/47C3qig

Come join us for our Veteran Adaptive Fitness Training Open House on Saturday, January 27th, 2024. This class is a great...
01/19/2024

Come join us for our Veteran Adaptive Fitness Training Open House on Saturday, January 27th, 2024. This class is a great way to jump start your 2024 fitness journey as all levels of physical fitness are welcomed. With the guidance of the coaches, work-outs are modified to suit your abilities and fitness needs. This is a fun environment for you to move and train your body. All attendees for this open house will receive a BlazeSports T-shirt and water bottle. We host this program every Saturday and is free to all our veterans.

Location: CrossFit Iconz 2415 Westside Court Snellville, GA 30078
Time: 10:00am-11:30am. Class is 10:15am-11:15am

To register: bit.ly/3O7AY0E

BlazeSports Veterans, join us on Thursday, January 25th from 11:00am-1:00pm at PXG Atlanta. PXG, an innovator in golf cl...
01/18/2024

BlazeSports Veterans, join us on Thursday, January 25th from 11:00am-1:00pm at PXG Atlanta. PXG, an innovator in golf club equipment, will host a private adaptive fitting event for the BlazeSports Veteran community. While in store, veterans will learn about PXG’s commitment to those who served our country, as well as the unique offerings veterans receive through the PXG for Heroes program.

As part of the fitting, attendees will use the putting green and simulator bays to hit balls, as well as see demos of Trackman technology and view their new Black Ops collection. ⛳️
PXG

01/13/2024

We are three weeks away from the 2024 Big Peach Slam Jam, presented by the Atlanta Hawks. Happening on February 3rd & 4th at Lovett School. We can already feel the excitement for the 8th annual event and can’t wait to watch the 35 teams participate on the court!

Event information: bit.ly/484AgJe
To volunteer: bit.ly/48vZLnh
Atlanta Hawks
PER4MAX Wheelchairs
NWBA

At BlazeSports, we’re driven by a desire to provide all children and adults with physical disabilities the chance to live healthy, active lives.

Our BlazeSports January Veteran Spotlight is Retired MGySgt, Bobby Broadnax.  Bobby enlisted with the United States Mari...
01/11/2024

Our BlazeSports January Veteran Spotlight is Retired MGySgt, Bobby Broadnax. Bobby enlisted with the United States Marine Corp (USMC) in 1952, at the age of 21, and ended his career with an honorable discharge in 1989 with a total of 37 dedicated service years to his country. At the remarkable age of 92, he continues to drive and remains mentally and physically agile. His recollection of war times and American history stands out as a testament of his deep connection to his past, his country and the brotherhood. Bobby undertook numerous war missions as a true "Devil Dog” serving in the Korean War, Republic of Vietnam War, and many other Conflicts. He has a wife Elmira of 68 years, 2 daughters, 2 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Bobby has been a BlazeSports member for a year enjoying water aerobics, swim classes and yoga where he’s made numerous friendships. We are so glad he joined us, and can’t wait to keep watching him thrive! 🔥

Happy Holidays from our BlazeSports family to yours.  Thank you for sharing your lives with us! 🔥❄️
12/25/2023

Happy Holidays from our BlazeSports family to yours. Thank you for sharing your lives with us! 🔥❄️

Dreaming of warmer weather as we plan our spring swimming program.  We look forward to seeing you back in the pool in Fe...
12/21/2023

Dreaming of warmer weather as we plan our spring swimming program. We look forward to seeing you back in the pool in February. Stay tuned for more information next month to sign up. 🏊🏼‍♀️

We are excited to announce the 8th annual Big Peach Slam Jam will be held at the Lovett School on February 3 & 4, 2024. ...
12/14/2023

We are excited to announce the 8th annual Big Peach Slam Jam will be held at the Lovett School on February 3 & 4, 2024. Presented by the Atlanta Hawks and sanctioned by the NWBA, Big Peach is one of the largest tournament of its kind in the nation. With Varsity, JNIT, Prep and Women’s divisions, Big Peach will host over 300 wheelchair basketball players in for this world class event. Teams will be traveling in from all over the country and we hope you all join us.

Volunteer sign up will be out the first week in January.

For more information, hotel information and to become a sponsor at the event: bit.ly/484AgJe
Atlanta Hawks
PER4MAX Wheelchairs
NWBA Junior Division

Our December Youth Spotlight is Adela Ajelo. Adela has been with BlazeSports for almost 1 year, participating in track a...
12/12/2023

Our December Youth Spotlight is Adela Ajelo. Adela has been with BlazeSports for almost 1 year, participating in track and field and wheelchair basketball. Her favorite memory while being with Blaze is when her track wheelchair flipped over while she was at practice. She said this taught her to pick herself back up and to never give up!

An accomplishment Adela is proud of is when she received second place in track and field. The best words to describe Adela are brave, ambitious, and kind. We are so excited that Adela joined our BlazeSports family, and we know she has a bright future ahead of her! 🔥
Liz Alejo

Our December Veteran Spotlight shines on Terry Gilliam, a former Corporal in the Army who served in mechanized infantry....
12/06/2023

Our December Veteran Spotlight shines on Terry Gilliam, a former Corporal in the Army who served in mechanized infantry. Terry is an active participant in archery and bowling, but his journey goes beyond sports.

Terry credits BlazeSports for helping him reclaim the social aspects of his life that he had long lost. Through the adaptive archery program, he has not only honed his physical skills but has also seen significant growth in his self-esteem, character, and self-confidence. Terry expresses his gratitude, saying, "Thank you for allowing me to be myself!"

We are immensely proud to have Terry as a part of BlazeSports and look forward to serving him for many more years to come. 🔥🏹🇺🇸

Yesterday was International Day of Person with Disabilities. The theme of the IDPD 2023 is “United in action to rescue a...
12/04/2023

Yesterday was International Day of Person with Disabilities. The theme of the IDPD 2023 is “United in action to rescue and achieve the sustainable development goals for, with and by persons with disabilities”. At BlazeSports we take great pride in this statement as it matches our mission of serving individuals with physical disabilities through adaptive sport and recreation. We’ve always understood the positive impact adaptive sports can have, from promoting life-long health and personal empowerment to providing successful futures for young people with disabilities.

Good luck to our youth basketball teams as they travel to North Carolina this weekend for the Old North State Classic, o...
12/01/2023

Good luck to our youth basketball teams as they travel to North Carolina this weekend for the Old North State Classic, our last tournament of 2023. We can’t wait to watch them compete. Live streams of some of the games are available and we hope you will follow along and cheer on the BlazeSports Jr. Hawks.

To watch the live streams click here:
Saturday Games: https://bit.ly/3Gm5gZz
Sunday Game: https://bit.ly/3RpNOJN

There is still time left to donate! Our second   project supports our Veterans hero’s through our Veteran Family Camp. O...
11/28/2023

There is still time left to donate! Our second project supports our Veterans hero’s through our Veteran Family Camp. Our Veteran Family Camp is a haven for healing, camaraderie, and wellness. Yet, financial barriers can keep some families from experiencing this transformative weekend. Your generous gift can change that. By aiming to raise $2,000, we aspire to support 10 deserving families.

Your donation means the world to our Veterans.
To donate: https://bit.ly/40ZNJj2

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