The newly expanded Turnstone Center For Children and Adults with Disabilities has transformed the way Fort Wayne can compete for athletic events on a national scale.
The facility is unique, being a Gold Club Level of the Paralympic Sport Club Excellence Program – one of ten in the country. To broaden its prestigious reach, Turnstone began the application process to earn Paralympic training site designation, through the United States Olympic Committee.
Last year, the men’s U.S. National Goalball team relocated to Fort Wayne and made Turnstone its official training facility. Goalball is a team sport designed for blind athletes. In June, Turnstone will host the United States Men’s and Women’s Goalball National Championships, which will draw more than 100 elite athletes from around the country and is one of several national competitions to be held there this year.
“A big thank you goes out to the city and PNC for investing millions of dollars in this leading-edge athletic facility,” said Mike Mushett, Turnstone CEO. “The contributions of federal new markets tax credits from the city and PNC has helped us better serve individuals with disabilities, as well as brought thousands more visitors to the region.”