Adapted Sports Programs in Recreation & Education

A collaboration between the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs and BlazeSports America

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What People say about the Adapted Sports Community

“Can’t never could do nothing.” We’re not raising a “can’t”. We’re raising a “can.” “When Jordan graduates from high school or college, I don’t want him drawing a government check because of his disability. I want him earning a paycheck because of his work ability. So every step of the way, I’m about teaching him job skills and life skills, and AAASP is helping me do that.”

Jed ButlerAAASP | Parent of Jordan Butler

“This team means a lot to me. It’s not just about winning, it’s about knowing that we are a team no matter what the outcome is. I also know that the team will be with me on and off the court. My teammates are like a family for me.”

Collin Lancaster BlazeSports America | Prep Player - youth

“I wanted to do it for my school and my family,” says Steven Elliott, Dougherty High School. Steven who has spina bifida was given a 20% chance to live last December, when his body looked like it might not be able to fight off an infection. He endured seven operations in five months, and then pushed himself to get in shape to compete at the state track meet in the wheelchair division. He plans to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College to study business administration.

Steven ElliottAAASP | Student, Dougherty High School

“I have met so many great people through Blaze and have created friendships that will last a lifetime. It has helped give me the courage to try so many different things. I have rock climbed, snow skied, water skied, and rode four-wheelers.  BlazeSports has taught me that with dedication and hard work all things are possible.”

Cameron Elzey BlazeSports America | Varsity Player–youth

“This team I’m on is my world” says Doug Johnston, Student, Meriwether County Schools,  Prior to participating in adapted sports, “Doug’s grades were not so hot. He had trouble reading. Now he is an honor-roll student at Manchester Middle School.”

Doug JohnstonAAASP | Student, Meriwether County Schools

“I enjoyed the fun, family, and friends experience with BlazeSports.  It was great to be able to include my family in the activities I was taking part in. BlazeSports is a great organization that has a heart for veterans.”

LaTondra Collier BlazeSports America | LaTondra Collier – Water Sports & Sunday Funday Bowling–Veteran

“On average, this saves the state close to 1.5 million dollars and generates 1.5 million dollars in revenue over 30 years. This is one of the most fiscally beneficial programs we have in the State.” States that “graduating students with physical disabilities means more employable citizens get jobs, pay taxes and have private health insurance. Not being on Social Security Income and State Medicaid saves millions. Making it possible for one student to have a lifetime of employment reduces preventable medical costs.

State Senator Steve HensonAAASP | State Senator, State of Georgia

“The Certified Disability Sport Specialist course  was EXCELLENT!  The information and the organization was incredible, and I am thrilled to have the workbook of information to use from now on.”

Julia FriesBlazeSports America | Rec Therapist – Philadelphia VA Medical Center – CCDS Program