BlazeSports Partners with Amerigroup Foundation to Host Annual Olympic Day Track & Field Meet for Southeast Georgians
Foundation provides $25,000 to support the two-day Olympic event
This grant is part of Amerigroup Foundation's commitment to Disabled Sports USA, a national charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in sports. Since 2011, the Amerigroup Foundation, with additional support from its parent foundation, has provided DSUSA and its chapters across the United States with more than $1,300,000 in grant support for adaptive sports programming in more than 50 winter and summer sports, including: skiing, snowboarding, golf, kayaking, rafting, cycling, rock climbing, scuba diving, fishing, surfing, sailing and more.
"Amerigroup Georgia is pleased to partner with BlazeSports to provide Georgia's youth with disabilities the opportunity to participate in Olympic Day events," said Mel Lindsey, Amerigroup Georgia Plan president. "Amerigroup has been actively improving lives and communities across Georgia through our many community partnerships, and we are thrilled to be working with an organization that provides truly life-changing experiences for participants."
This summer, BlazeSports hosts its annual Olympic Day Track & Field Meet on Saturday, June 22, and thanks to the grant from Amerigroup Foundation, this year, BlazeSports will also host the Olympic Day Come & Try Fun Day on Friday, June 21, offering children with and without disabilities the chance to get active and have a good time together. Information and registration for both events is available at www.blazesports.org.
"Thanks to this generous grant from the Amerigroup Foundation, youth with disabilities are able to experience the power of adaptive sports," said Mara Galic, interim executive director of BlazeSports America. "Research tells us that the benefits of adaptive sports extend to all aspects of life including health, employment, and overall well-being. We're excited to introduce new sports and activities for all children to experience together."
About BlazeSports America
BlazeSports America is the direct legacy nonprofit organization of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. www.blazesports.org
About Disabled Sports USA
Founded in 1967, Disabled Sports USA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence and fitness through participation in sports. www.disabledsportsusa.org
About Amerigroup Foundation
The Amerigroup Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Amerigroup, a wholly owned subsidiary of Anthem, Inc. Together, with local, regional and national organizations, the Amerigroup Foundation works to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Amerigroup and its affiliated health plans serve. www.anthem.foundation