Kennedy Krieger’s Physically Challenged Sports Program is home to the Bennett Blazers. Bennett provides year round, weekly exercise and sports programs for children with predominately physical disabilities. Bennett is located in Baltimore, but serves over a hundred children per year from Maryland, Delaware, Southern Pennsylvania and northern DC suburbs. The program focuses on developing abilities in very young children (about 2 years old and up) as well as providing competitive sports on a Paralympic model for older athletes.
For many, competitive athletics for people with physical disabilities is a new idea, but the experience of countless families over nearly 30 years shows that Bennett programs provide a great, fun atmosphere to help youth develop physical skills, learn a range of sports activities, grow emotionally and build a broad social network. Blazer athletes have gone on to collegiate and Paralympic success, but programs are tailored to the unique needs of each child and family.
Activities are held weekly at the Greenspring Campus of Kennedy Krieger Institute. Off-site programming includes participation in local, regional, national and international athletic competitions. Special activity camps in golf, bicycling and sled hockey are held on campus or at local university/recreational facilities. Activities vary by season, but always include both beginner and advanced programs.
“TEACH KIDS WITH DISABILITIES THAT THEY CAN BEFORE THEY ARE TOLD THEY CANNOT”Coaches Gerry and Gwena Herman