Fort Wayne Will Host Adaptive Sports USA 2018 Junior Nationals
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Visit Fort Wayne, the City of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Turnstone Center announced that the Adaptive Sports USA 2018 Junior Nationals will be held July 21-28, 2018.
The event is the largest annual multi-sport event for youth with a physical disability or visual impairment in the United States. Junior Nationals have traveled to a different host city each year since the first event in 1984. The national sport championship is open to athletes up to the age of 22.
“Turnstone, Visit Fort Wayne and the City of Fort Wayne are proud to collaborate with Adaptive Sports USA to host the 35th iteration of the Junior Nationals. Fort Wayne is centrally located and provides easy access from most anywhere in the United States. When you couple Turnstone’s Plassman Athletic Center with the community’s first-class sport venues, hotels and recreational and entertainment options along with Indiana’s famous Hoosier hospitality, Fort Wayne is committed to hosting a first-class event for the expected 300 plus athletes along with families and spectators who will visit Fort Wayne,” Mike Mushett, CEO of Turnstone said.
The weeklong championships include competition in swimming, track and field, powerlifting, archery and other sports in addition to educational clinics and social events.
“Adaptive Sports USA is thrilled to partner with Turnstone for the 35th edition of Junior Nationals. The City of Fort Wayne and Turnstone are ready to welcome our athletes, their coaches and family members with their warm hospitality and we are confident in their leadership’s ability to put on a world class event,” said Susan Rossi, executive director of Adaptive Sports USA.
Turnstone is an Adaptive Sports USA chapter, Disabled Sports USA chapter, Gold Medal Paralympic Sport Club and United States Association of Blind Athletes Sports Club, according to the news announcement.
Rossi said, “We look forward to planning and implementing the Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals with them over the next year.”