Who We Serve

Bennett Blazers, Kennedy Krieger Institute's adaptive sports program, offers year-round recreational and competitive opportunities for children who have a diagnosed physical disability and are functioning cognitively at their appropriate age level. Programs are offered for children who use a manual or electric wheelchair, as well as for children who are ambulatory with or without assistive devices. Athletes do need to have an independent means of mobility as this is an active sports program.

Programs are offered for children ages 2-18. We have started to offer a limited amount of adult programs, including sled hockey and wheelchair basketball. Individuals with spinal cord injuries, Spina bifida, cerebral palsy, amputations, dwarfism, muscular dystrophy, arthrogryposis, osteogenesis imperfecta and many lesser-known physical disabilities are all appropriate.

It should be noted that many of the participants in our wheelchair sports program are able to walk full time. They just use a wheelchair for sports as it gives them more mobility. The program has many sports wheelchairs available for athletes to use.


A group of Bennett Blazers smiling.

Our Coaches

Gerry and Gwena Herman have been successfully managing all aspects of the Bennett Blazers Physically Challenged Sports Program since its inception in 1990.

Our Programs

The Bennett Blazers sports programs are open to individuals aged 2-18 with physical challenges who exhibit cognitive skills at or near appropriate developmental levels. Prior experience is not required to participate in any activity.


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