In partnership with Fort Wayne city police and fire departments, Turnstone has released details about an upcoming charity goalball game that will pit the two local departments against each other with bragging rights on the line. Proceeds will benefit adaptive sport and athlete development programs offered at Turnstone for children and adults.
The charity goalball game dubbed the First Responders Face-off, will take place at the Goalball Center of Excellence on the Turnstone Campus at 5:30pm on Saturday, November 23. The goalball game will be free for people of all ages to attend with a suggested donation of $5 that will be accepted at the door.
Attendees are also invited to a pre-game tailgate in Turnstone’s Parking Lot A beginning at 4:00pm. Hop River Brewing will be onsite with beer for those 21 and over. Other tailgate food and drink favorites will also be available. Attendees are welcome to continue the tailgate celebration of community and goalball festivities after the close of the charity goalball game.
In preparation for the competition, the athletes and coaches from the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Goalball Teams will provide training opportunities for the participants to learn the ropes of the game and develop their game-day strategy.
Leading up to the November 23 match-up, the police, and fire departments will be competing to raise the most money to benefit children and adults with disabilities at Turnstone. Community members are encouraged to cast their donations in support of the team they think will come out on top at the goalball game. Donations can be made online at p2p.onecause.com/firepolice.
Turnstone Center is one of only fourteen United States Olympic and Paralympic Training Sites in the country. Turnstone and Fort Wayne are also home to the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Goalball Teams and the Goalball Center of Excellence, made possible by an extensive partnership with the United States Association of Blind Athletes.
Turnstone’s extensive offering of programs and services also includes adaptive sports and recreation, elite athlete development, memory care services, adult day service, early learning childcare, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, intellectual and developmental disability programming, social services support, and a fitness center that features a large warm-water therapy pool.