Date set for the 5th Annual
On October 8, 2016, ABT will hold it's 5th Annual Head Hawg
Cornhole Tournament at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue located at
3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA. The tournament will follow the
Kayak Trader Challenge fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer that morning. The proceeds of the Head Hawg tournament will benefit the North GA Screamin' Eagles
Power Soccer team to assist in their efforts to get new high-performance power wheelchairs for the
upcoming season in the U.S. Power Soccer Association.
This is a "Bring your own Partner" Doubles Tournaments with both an Amateur & Professional Division, but we will try to match single players up if you don't have a partner. Tournament will follow ACO rules of play AmericanCornhole.com with a Singles & Luck of the Draw tournaments if time permits. Check-In and Event Day Registration starts at at 12 p.m. and bags fly at 1 p.m. - $60 per team - Prizes announced soon
Preregister by October 1st and receive a free event shirt. If your company is interested
in becoming a sponsor, please contactJustin, and for questions about the Cornhole tournament email
Chris Burrell with
Download the flyer to distribute
15th ADA Memorial 5k, 10k, & 1m
On July 26 in Gainesville, GA Team ABT honored the 26th anniversary of the
Americans with Disabilities Act becoming law by holding the
15th Annual ADA Memorial 5k, 10k, & 1m wellness and awareness event on the Historic Downtown
Square for the Civil Rights Anniversary.
Troup Kirkus was the 1st Male to cross the finish line in the 5k with the time of: 20.21.7 and Makayla Hewell finished in 2nd and was the 1st Female 20 minutes 39.5 seconds. Chris Milligan finished in 3rd place a half a second later. In the 10k Event Kenyrik Alexis crossed the line in 1st place at the 38.13.5 mark and Melanie Hamlit finished in 2nd and was the 1st Female with a time of: 39.57.1. Chip Kiel finished 3rd in 40 minutes 11.8 seconds. For pictures visit the event website at: www.adamemorial.org
Mark your calendar for the 16th ADA Memoriall next year to be held on July 22, 2017 God Willing!
Lunch & Learn & Learn held with with GA Adapt
Georgians with Disabilities face many roadblocks to full
independence and freedom. Issues like Long Waiting Lists
for personal support services, little to no accessible
housing or transportation options, inaccessible sidewalks,
and very few employment prospects with not a lot of change
To talk about the issues, on January 20th, ABT and GA Adapt hosted Advocates, Community Leaders, Individuals, and Family Members to the Civic Center in Gainesville, GA for a Community Conversation over Lunch.
Some of the information discussed at the event included telling participants about the history of the disability movement, about current issues, and what can be done to remove these roadblocks to life, libery, and the pursuit of happiness and freedom. Issues like the Extremely Long Georgia Medicaid Waiver Waiting Lists Download the(Waiting List statistics as of June 30, 2015) and the Community First Choice Option Overview.
Adapt of GA believes the State of Georgia should elect this CMS Option to eliminate the Waiting Lists to fully comply with the Olmstead Decision not just focusing narrowly on the DOJ Olmstead Settlement.
The State's focus should be on reducing the disparity of people being forced to reside in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities, when a person's Primary Care Physician has ordered that the person is able to live on their own with personal support services. But because of the Waiting Lists and little to no accessible housing or transportation options, fully participating in society is near impossible. These people with disabilities would much rather live in their own Home and receive Community-Based Services at a much-less financial cost to Georgia Taxpayers and the State.
Access Classic Texas Hold 'em Benefit Tournaments
ABT put on two tournaments in January at the American
Legion Hall in Gainesville, GA to benefit the the North
GA Screamin' Eagles in their efforts to upgrade to new
high-performance power wheelchairs.
Laroy "Squeaky" Deleon edged out Chuck Bryan in the 1st event, and Tim Pressley took First over Justin Pressley in the 2nd tournament. Plans are to start holding a regular "Quarterly" tournament on Sunday afternoons. If you are interested in playing, drop us an email .
The ADA turned 25
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives civil
rights protections to individuals with disabilities that
are like those provided to individuals on the basis of
race, sex, national origin, and religion. It guarantees
equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in
employment, public accommodations, transportation, State
and local government services, and telecommunications.1
To honor the 25th Annivesary, ABT held the 14th ADA Memorial 5k, 9k, & 1m on July 25th on the Square in Gainesville. The weather was perfect, and an overcast sky held the July sun at bay while nearly 150 runners took part in the the multiple distance awareness & wellness event. Pedram Esmeelzadeh was the 1st Male to cross the Finish Line for the 5k with a time of 20.25, and Courtney Dwyer was the 1st Female in the 5k at the 21.8 mark. In the 9k distance, Taylor Harrell from Hawkinsville was the 1st Male, finishing with a time of 36.15, and Deborah Mulcahy from Suwanee was the 1st Female to finish with the time of 40.44. A full list of finishing times can be found here
Gainesville City Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras read a proclamation from the City, and Clay Christy of Brickhouse Mobile DJ kept the atmosphers festive. A special thanks for all our sponsors and volunteers that helped make everything possible. A photographer from Runningintheusa posted some great images from this year's race here and we have additional photos on the ADA Memorial site here.
As part of our ADA awareness campaign in 2015, ABT was lucky enough to have the ADA Legacy Project Tour twice in May. The mission of the ADA Legacy Project is to honor the contributions of people with disabilities and their allies by: Preserving the history of the disability rights movement; celebrating its milestones; and educating the public and future generations of advocates.
The ADA Legacy Project & Tour led by the beautiful Road to Freedom Bus and Captained by Veteran Disability Rights photographer Tom Olin. Tom along with assistance from a host of volunteers, traveled well over 20,000 miles through more 30 states, and made over 100 stops along the way. The was on full display on the Anniversary July 26th at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. The tour is moving testament to the work of thousands of disability rights activists, and we commend everyone for their hard work. Visit www.ADALegacy.org to read more about the tour and all the work of this ongoing project.
Power Soccer and the North Georgia Screamin’ Eagles
North Georgia Screamin' Eagles after practice at the East Hall Community Center, Gainesville, GA on April 8, 2015
ABT and volunteers assisted the Screamin' Eagles in
hosting the both the 3rd, 4th, and last competition of
the USPSA Southeastern League on January 18, March 14,
and May 16 at the North Hall Community Center.
To remain competitive, like in NASCAR, of course teams must practice, BUT they also must keep the latest and best equipment. The game of Power Soccer has changed dramatically in the last 2 seasons with the advent of the StrikeForce powerchair by Powersocccershop.com. These high performance power wheelchairs start at $7,700 and can cost as much as $10,000 for the add-ons that more serverely impaired athletes require. These high performance powerchairs are not covered by insurance.
We welcome you to make a tax deductible donation to help us help the team acquire the new equipment needed to compete for a National Championship of the U.S. Power Soccer Association.