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Lions Club International President Experiences Goalball at Fort Wayne’s Turnstone Center

May 2nd, 2019

Lions Club International President Experiences Goalball at Fort Wayne’s Turnstone Center

 

FORT WAYNE, IN (April 26, 2019) – U.S. The Turnstone Center and members of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Goalball Teams welcomed Lions Club International President Gudrun Yngvadottir of Iceland to the Fort Wayne facility on Friday. Representatives were in Fort Wayne for the 2019 Indiana State Lions Convention and joined Past Lions Club International President Wayne Madden and Past Director Dave Fiandt for tour of Turnstone.

Lions Club International and Indiana Lions have been instrumental in the establishment and development of the Goalball Center of Excellence at Turnstone. In 2015, Turnstone entered into an agreement with the United States Association of Blind Athletes, the Paralympic sport’s national governing body for goalball, to establish the first-ever long-term U.S. goalball resident program for elite athletes training full-time in Fort Wayne. The Lions Club International Foundation previously contributed $100,000 and Lions of District 25B and Lions of Indiana, $16,653, to the resident houses that would make this program a reality.

“It was an honor to host President Gudrun and the Lions Club International members,” said Mike Mushett, CEO of Turnstone. “Turnstone is proud to partner with the United States Association of Blind Athletes and the Lions Club to create possibilities for goalball athletes and other athletes with visual impairments worldwide.”

The group met with Mushett, U.S. Association of Blind Athletes Board President Dr. Michael Bina and Turnstone representatives for a tour of the Plassman Athletic Center and continued to the Goalball Center of Excellence. There they were greeted by coaches and members of the U.S. goalball teams, including several Paralympic medalists, who conducted a demonstration of the sport and fielded questions from the visitors.

“Seeing this sport for the first time, I was amazed at the strength and determination of the athletes,” said Lions Club International President Gudrun Yngvadottir. “I am proud of the support Lions Clubs have provided to support the quality of life for people with visual impairments and I encourage Lions Clubs all over the country to continue their support of this program and others like it.”

Lions were also invited to visit the resident homes - which they made a reality with their financial support. U.S. Women’s Goalball Team athletes and coaches gave the tour. When the first home was finished, selected male athletes from across the country moved to Fort Wayne in October 2015. Upon completion of the second resident home, selected female athletes moved to Fort Wayne and began training at the Goalball Center of Excellence in January 2018.
 

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ABOUT TURNSTONE:  Founded in 1943, Turnstone’s mission is to empower people with disabilities to achieve their highest potential by providing one of the most comprehensive offerings of services and programs to people with disabilities and their families under one roof in the United States. Thanks to generous support and compassionate staff, Turnstone’s legacy of advocacy and innovation continues to contribute to a world that accepts and values people based on their abilities. Turnstone's scope of impact has evolved to include being a member of United States Olympic family as one of the United States Olympic Committee's designated Training Sites and home to USA Goalball through a partnership with the United States Association of Blind Athletes. www.turnstone.org | Twitter: @TurnstoneCenter | Facebook: Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities  | Instagram: @TurnstoneCenter

ABOUT U.S. ASSOCIATION OF BLIND ATHLETES: Since its founding in 1976, USABA, a community-based organization of the United States Olympic Committee, has reached more than 100,000 blind individuals. The organization has emerged as more than just a world-class trainer of blind athletes, it has become a champion of the abilities of Americans who are legally blind. USABA’s mission: to enhance the lives of blind and visually impaired people by providing the opportunity for participation in sports and physical activity. www.usaba.org | Twitter: @USABA | Facebook: United States Association of Blind Athletes

IMAGE: Lions Club International members visited Turnstone and the Goalball Center of Excellence to see firsthand how their global support of individuals with visual impairments has helped make the U.S. Men’s & Women’s Goalball residency program in Fort Wayne, IN a success.  (L-R, USA Goalball Men’s Coach Matt Boyle, Lions Club International Past President Wayne Madden, Lions Club International President Gudrun Yngvadottir, United States Association of Blind Athletes Board President Michael Bina, USA Goalball Women’s Athlete Shavon Lockhardt, USA Goalball Women’s Athlete Lisa Czechowski, and USA Goalball Women’s Coach Jake Czechowski)


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