Ashlyn Sagan: It Couldn’t Be Done Without… The Next Generation
December 20th, 2021
Ashlyn Sagan is a Summit Middle School student who loves tennis, piano, and choir, but most importantly, soccer. Ashlyn has been playing soccer since she was two years old - she has made many good friends through her Fort Wayne Sport Club (FWSC) team. Because of her love for the game, and for her teammates, soccer has given Ashlyn a true sense of belonging and a heart for celebrating athletes that share her passion.
In 2019, Coach Ron Harkenrider brought Ashlyn and her teammates to watch the Turnstone Flyers compete in a power soccer tournament. The experience was inspirational. The FWSC team saw their sport played with the same game-time emotions, just in a little different environment - indoors with power chairs on basketball courts and larger soccer balls. Two months later, Ashlyn returned as a volunteer ball girl for the Power Soccer National Championships.
“I wanted to continue to volunteer and support these power soccer athletes because they love soccer just as much as I do,” said Ashlyn.
Fast forward to mid-2020, Ashlyn's Bat Mitzvah was a year away and there was no question what she wanted to support for her Mitzvah Project. Ashlyn told Turnstone, “Mitzvah means 'good deed' and I want to focus on doing something important for a cause that means a great deal to me… I want to volunteer with the Flyers while also raising funds for the team in honor of my upcoming Bat Mitzvah.”
Ashlyn's initial goal was to raise $1,000 which would help cover some expenses for the Flyers' upcoming season. By reaching out to friends, family, and of course her FWSC teammates, she was able to raise over $3,000 for the Flyers.
WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT THE NEXT GENERATION FULL OF PEOPLE LIKE ASHLYN. THANKS TO HER SUPPORT, THE FLYERS ARE ABLE TO HAVE THE SAME SENSE OF BELONGING THROUGH POWER SOCCER AT TURNSTONE THAT SHE FEELS AT FORT WAYNE SPORTS CLUB.