FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – After going virtual last year, Turnstone is excited to welcome back guests for the annual Endeavor Games.
The Endeavor Games began in 2000 at the University of Central Oklahoma to empower athletes with physical disabilities and let them show off their talents. This will be the fifth year that Turnstone has hosted the games.
From Thursday through Sunday, youth, adult and veteran athletes with physical disabilities will compete across 11 sports like archery, power soccer and wheelchair basketball. Depending on this weekend’s outcome, some athletes could even go on to compete in events like Junior Nationals for Adaptive Sports USA, maybe even the Paralympics.
Like any sport, these games create an atmosphere of peer and team support for kids, adults and veterans who come from around the country.
“It gives them a great opportunity to meet other peers from around the country,” said Director of Therapy and Sport Michelle Kimpel. “To know that they have good friends in Pennsylvania or Ohio or Florida is just a great networking opportunity not only for the athletes, but also the families.”
Turnstone’s Plassman Athletic Center is one of four venues hosting this week’s games. Event organizers are still searching for volunteers to help with running each event.
Schedule of Events
|THURSDAY, June 24|
|Turnstone Endeavor Games Clinics|
|Shooting||11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.|
12:30 – 2 p.m.
|The-X-Count (Shooting Range)|
|Track and Field||11:00 a.m. – 12:30p.m.|
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
|Indiana Tech Warrior Park Track/Field|
|Swimming||11:00 a.m. – 12:30 pm||Carroll High School- Natatorium|
|Boccia||1 – 3 p.m.||Plassman Athletic Center- Fieldhouse|
|Archery||2 – 3 p.m.||Indiana Tech Warrior Park Track/Field|
|Adaptive Tennis||4:30 – 6 p.m.||Plassman Athletic Center- Fieldhouse|
|Turnstone Endeavor Games Competition|
|Sitting Volleyball||4:30pm – 6:00pm||Plassman Athletic Center- Fieldhouse|
|Wheelchair Basketball Feat. Mad Ants Volunteers||4:30pm – 6:00pm||Plassman Athletic Center- Fieldhouse|
|FRIDAY, June 25|
|Track Events||8:30 – 11 a.m.||Indiana Tech Warrior Park Track/Field|
|Boccia Tournament||12:30 – 3 p.m.||Plassman Athletic Center- Fieldhouse|
|Air Rifle Shooting||10 a.m. – 1 p.m.||The-X-Count (Shooting Range)|
|Field Events||12 – 4 p.m.||Indiana Tech Warrior Park Track/Field|
|Power Soccer Clinic||3:30 – 4:30 p.m.||Plassman Athletic Center- Fieldhouse|
|Softball Clinic||4:30 – 6:00 p.m.||Plassman Athletic Center- Fieldhouse|
|SATURDAY, June 26|
|Swimming||9 – 11 a.m.||Carroll High School- Natatorium|
|Archery||12 – 2 p.m.||Indiana Tech Warrior Park Track/Field|
To learn how you show your support for athletes competing this week, visit the Endeavor Games website.