BlazeSports America Announces First Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team in Georgia

New team backed by Atlanta Hawks offers more opportunities for women in sports

ATLANTA, GA – BlazeSports America, a nonprofit organization formed after the Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games and a leader in adaptive sports and recreation, announces the formation of the first women’s wheelchair basketball team in the state of Georgia, powered by becomes the Atlanta Hawks.

The BlazeSports Lady Ballers held several women’s clinics this fall to introduce the sport to interested athletes in the Southeast and have now formed an official team.

“We are very excited to expand access to basketball within the state,” said Dawn Churi, Executive Director of BlazeSports. “As a woman in the industry, it’s incredibly important to me to provide more opportunities for other women to get involved and foster their love of sport. By spearheading Georgia’s first women’s wheelchair basketball team, we’re expanding the adaptive sports industry and opening the door for these athletes to compete. The Atlanta Hawks are a perfect partner for us to achieve these goals.”

BlazeSports and the Atlanta Hawks have an extensive partnership that dates back to 2013. This partnership includes Hawks Foundation support for BlazeSports America’s Hawks Jr. Wheelchair Program, which is one of the fastest growing and most successful youth wheelchair basketball programs in the Southeastern United States.

In October 2022, the Hawks announced additional support for BlazeSports America’s Jr. Hawks wheelchair basketball program to help with things like practice facility expenses, athlete travel assistance, team uniforms and equipment repairs.

“We are excited to continue this amazing partnership with BlazeSports,” said Mara Cunningham, manager of community basketball programs for the Hawks and BlazeSports Lady Ballers head coach. “Adding a women’s wheelchair basketball team to their roster is a huge step toward representation in sports, especially adaptive sports. We are excited to be a part of the next chapter and to see these athletes grow.”

The BlazeSports Lady Ballers will be available to all female athletes, both youth and adult. Women can participate in the program, which includes practices and tournaments, beginning in December and running through the national championship in April. For more information about the team, volunteering and game schedule, visit

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