February 2018 | E-Newsletter #3
(resend to correct link for workshop materials)
USAID Sports for Youth with Disabilities in Uganda Initiative – Project Update
December, 2017 Training and Sport Festival Recap
BlazeSports International hosted the successful USAID Sports for Youth with Physical Disabilities Uganda Initiative Training Workshops & Sports Festivals in both Kampala & Gulu in partnership with the Uganda Paralympic Committee. This project initiative will host eight training workshops from 2017-2019 equip service providers and practitioners in Uganda with a variety of strategies to engage youth with physical disabilities through sport and activity, especially girls.

Each training workshop was followed by inclusive sports festival for the children with and without disabilities (reaching nearly 1,000 children), with 50% of the participants being girls. The sports festivals served as an opportunity for workshop participants to implement new skills and to promote positive messaging regarding individuals with physical disabilities.

IN THE NEWS

There was a lot of great media generated in both Kampala and Gulu. Here are some links so you can take a look :



Download Learning Materials from Workshops

Click here to download a copy of the materials used for our December interactive series of learning sessions including topics like addressing sports participation barriers, physical literacy, understanding different impairments and their impacts, disability etiquette and much more.
PICTURES FROM KAMPALA
PICTURES FROM GULU
Train the Trainer Applications available in March
“Train the Trainer” Applications will be available in March! We will include application information in our next email to you outlining the selection criteria and deadline.
Congratulations to Our Mini Grant Recipients
After a rigorous application process we selected four mini grant recipients who receive funds to implement a wide variety of activities designed to engage children with physical disabilities to participate in sports and recreation activities.

Our Project Mini Grant Recipients include:
  • The Kampala School of the Physically Handicapped
  • UNAPD
  • The Gulu Disabled Persons Union
  • The Gulu Wheelchair Basketball Club.

Each mini grant recipient will share an update regarding their project implementation for the next quarterly newsletter and at the next training workshop in Fall 2018.
Meet our Project Ambassadors!
Top Row (left to right): Sam Gombya and David Emong
Bottom Row (left to right): Aidah Katushabe and Charles Okwonga
Sam Gombya
  • Deputy Mayor for Kampala Central, popular musician, and polio survivor
David Emong
  • Uganda’s First Paralympic Medalist in 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro
Aidah Katushabe
  • Wheelchair basketball player; 2nd year medical student at Makerere University
Charles Okwonga
  • Wheelchair basketball player with Gulu Wheelchair Basketball Club


Have questions about the USAID Sports for Youth with Disabilities in Uganda Initiative, email uganda@blazesports.org.