BlazeSports America Announces First Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team Powered by Hawks

“We are beyond excited to expand accessibility to basketball within the state,” states Dawn Churi, Executive Director of BlazeSports.

BlazeSports officially announced the creation of the first women’s wheelchair basketball team in Georgia, which will be powered by the Atlanta Hawks. The partnership dates back to 2013 which includes the Hawks Foundation’s support of BlazeSports America’s Jr. Hawks Wheelchair program, which is one of the nation’s fastest growing and most successful youth wheelchair basketball programs in the Southeast.

“We are excited to continue this amazing partnership with BlazeSports,” says Mara Cunningham, Manager of Community Basketball Programs for the Hawks and BlazeSports Lady Ballers head coach.

The BlazeSports Lady Ballers hosted multiple women’s clinics this fall, to introduce the sport to interested athletes in the Southeast.

Starting in December and running through the National Championship in April the BlazeSports Lady Ballers will be available for all female athletes. Youth and adult women will be able to participate in the program, which will include practices and tournaments.

In October 2022, the Hawks announced additional support for BlazeSports America’s Jr. Hawks Wheelchair Basketball program to assist with items such as practice facility expenses, athlete travel support, team uniforms, and equipment repair.


BlazeSports America, is a nonprofit organization founded after the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games and a leader in the field of adaptive sports and recreation.

For more information about the team, volunteering and game schedule, visit