What: The second annual Georgia Disability Sport Awards presented by Primerica, Inc.
Where: The Atlanta History Center at 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA
When: Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 2-5 p.m.
BlazeSports America, the legacy organization of the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games is one of the nation’s leading advocates for adaptive sports. Established in 1993 in the lead-up to the Games and soon to be celebrating its 20th anniversary, BlazeSports serves more than 5,000 youth, adults and veterans with or without a disability across the state of Georgia each year. Its participation, training, and certification programs have national and global reach and impact. The Georgia Disability Sport Awards will honor those individuals – athlete, coach or volunteer – and teams who have made a significant achievement or contribution over the past year.
Disability advocate Aimee Copeland, a Snellville, Georgia native, will be the keynote speaker. In May 2012, she was injured in a zip line accident, incurred necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating bacteria that necessitated several amputations to save her life. Through all that an indomitable spirit propelled her forward. Now 26, the University of Georgia graduate completed her master’s degree in humanistic psychology at the University of West Georgia last year and is currently pursuing a second master’s in social work at Valdosta State University.
Acclaimed Atlanta advertising icon Joey Reiman, founder of the global “idea” consultancy Brighthouse, created the iconic “What’s your excuse?”advertising campaign for the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. He will be the first recipient of the Triumph of the Human Spirit Award which is presented to honor those individuals who embody the passion and spirit of the late BlazeSports America Executive Director Jon McCullough who passed away on August 15th of this year.