Break the Barriers – Play Together Uganda
BlazeSports International, USAID Sports for Youth with Disabilities Initiative, the Uganda Paralympic Committee and CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital partner for inclusion in Uganda
CoRSU CEO Davide Naggi said, "Children with disabilities are a specific vulnerable group who face discrimination on all levels of their daily life. At CoRSU, we understand the need to strengthen children with disabilities both mentally and physically. Therefore, we promote their rehabilitation and facilitate their social integration using sports, such as our annual sports festival."
The fun-filled event program will include various inspirational speakers and dignitaries including Paralympian David Emong, the Minister of State for Education for Sport and renowned personalities who have beat the odds of disability to succeed in life. They will inspire the children and caretakers not to give up, even when the odds do not favor them. The Festival will be facilitated by adaptive sport leaders who participated in a two-day training workshop and train-the-trainer Nov 7-9, 2018, held at CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital as part of the USAID Sports for Youth with Disabilities Initiative.
Mpindi Bumali, President of the Uganda National Paralympic Committee and main in-country partner for the USAID initiative said, "The Festival will demonstrate the power of sport in promoting inclusion among children with and without disabilities, and inspire more children with disabilities in communities throughout Uganda to participate in sport."
"BlazeSports International is honored to be working with USAID Uganda, the Uganda National Paralympic Committee and CoRSU Rehabilitation Hospital on this important initiative and we hope to encourage other communities to work together to improve access to quality inclusive sport and physical activity programs for kids with disabilities, especially girls, in the country," said Mara Galic, Interim Executive Director of BlazeSports.
USAID's Sports for Youth with Disabilities Initiative is a 36-month sport development and health project in Kampala and Gulu, led by BlazeSports International and in-country partner Uganda Paralympic Committee. The overall project goal is to contribute to the improved physical literacy of children and youth with physical disabilities, and the increased inclusion of children with physical disabilities in sport and recreation programs in the community in Kampala and Gulu. The initiative has hosted three large training workshops to date in Kampala and Gulu, equipping local leaders in Uganda on inclusive strategies to engage youth with physical disabilities through sport and activity. Trainings hosted in Kampala and Gulu will be followed by inclusive sports festivals for the public as an opportunity for trained leaders to implement learned skills and to promote positive messaging regarding individuals with physical disabilities. USAID's Sports for Youth with Disabilities Initiative is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
About BlazeSports International
A legacy organization of the 1996 Paralympic Games hosted in Atlanta, BlazeSports International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers children and adults with physical disabilities through adaptive sport and recreation. BlazeSports International has worked alongside project partners to launch new sport for social change initiatives and strengthen existing programs in Brazil, Egypt, Haiti, Jordan, Russia, South Africa, and Trinidad and Tobago. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.blazesports.org.
About Uganda Paralympic Committee
The Uganda Paralympic Committee (UPC) develops, coordinates and promotes Sports for people with disabilities. As the national sports body in Uganda, UPC works in all districts to further this cause. UPC works with its different Sports Associations and other stakeholders like Disabled People's Organizations, the government, International Sports Bodies and main stream sports federations. This ensures the development and activeness of its member Associations and strengthens its partnerships with the stakeholders. For more information, visit www.ugandaparalympic.org.
Every year, about 5000 patients access services for plastic and orthopaedic interventions that CoRSU offers for several conditions. Eighty percent (80%) of these are children. As part of the CoRSU mandate, every child with a disability gets intervention to correct or reduce the impairment at a subsidized fee. For more information, visit www.corsuhospital.org.