Paralympic Send off Celebration

August 31st, 2016

Check out some of the amazing media coverage we received from this celebration. 



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Fort Wayne, IN – The entire community was invited to a sendoff celebration for the USA Men’s Goalball Team today, Monday, August 29, from 5:30 – 6:30 PM as they head to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The event took place at the state-of-the-art Plassman Athletic Center at Turnstone, where the six-man team has been training for the Paralympic Games since October 2015.

“This is an exciting day for Fort Wayne,” says Turnstone CEO Mike Mushett.  “Though these men come from all over the United States, they are truly Fort Wayne’s team, and we want to send them off to Rio in style.” 

The celebration included opportunities to meet and take photos with the athletes, hear their inspiring stories, and wish them luck from their hometown fans.

Goalball is played by visually-impaired athletes who toss or roll a ball with bells inside toward their opponent’s goal net.  Players wear blindfolds and act as both defenders and attackers in this fast-paced game as they block goal attempts and try to score.

Team USA includes members of past national and world champion teams, as well as veterans of past Paralympic competitions. This will be Team USA’s first Paralympic appearance since the 2008 Games in Beijing, where they placed fourth.  The team failed to qualify for the 2012 Games in London, making the current team eager to find gold in Rio.

In addition to the USA Men’s National Goalball team, Turnstone is proud to have three additional athletes who have trained at Turnstone who will also be representing team USA. Jeff Butler, Wheelchair Rugby, Jared Arambula, Wheelchair Basketball, and Tom Davis, Cycling is also competing for the United States. Keep an eye out for these athletes as you watch the Paralympic coverage on NBC Sports Network.

Turnstone is a designated Gold Level Paralympic Sports Club and provides therapeutic, educational, wellness, and sports and recreation programs to empower people with disabilities. 

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