The 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games brought awareness and resources, not seen before or since, in support of America’s disabled athletes. Two premier organizations, born out of that awareness, are now partnering to bring you Project ASPIRE, extending those same opportunities to your school, your community, your family.
Welcome to Project ASPIRE, a collaboration between the American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP) and BlazeSports America, to enhance existing efforts and encourage new one’s through Adapted Sports Programs In Recreation and Education.
Twenty years ago this summer, the world came to Atlanta twice when it hosted the 1996 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The awareness created through those efforts, the unprecedented broadcast coverage given to the Games by NBC, the many federal program efforts, including Paralympic Days in the Schools, the efforts of over 70,000 engaged volunteers, all led up to the founding of two leading, nationally honored organizations.
The American Association of Adapted Sports Programs (AAASP) is now celebrating its 20th year as America’s premier interscholastic athletics association for adapted sports in the schools. AAASP offers rules, policies and equipment (through Flaghouse) for adapted teams sports. It has created resources our schools have long needed, including training aids, a coaches education program, sports kits for classrooms and athletic programs at school and it remains America’s only membership of educational institutions partnering together to get student-athletes with physical disabilities, “Off the Sideline and Into the Game.”  
BlazeSports is also celebrating its 20th Anniversary as the official legacy program of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Blaze…etc.etc. )ALSIE: Please complete.)
What Is Project ASPIRE?
Project ASPIRE (Adapted Sports Programs In Recreation and Education) it the umbrella under which BlazeSports and AAASP will Raise Awareness, Foster Inclusion and Generate Resources in your community. Our first undertaking is to Raise Awareness! 
Someone once asked, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to see it fall, does it still make a sound?” Wikipedia says this was originally introduced as a “philosophical experiment that raises questions regarding observation and knowledge of reality.” We say, we have BEEN that experiment. When families and individuals living with disability saw the Atlanta Games, many realized for the first time in their lives that they could and should be active and engaged in fitness and sport for their health, socialization, independence and visibility in the world.  
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