Adaptive sports are always growing in Fort Wayne, evidenced by the busy tournament schedule at Turnstone's Plassman Athletic Center. Whether you’re a competitor, year-round spectator, or brand-new fan, one thing’s becoming clear: adaptive sports are taking the Fort Wayne, Indiana sports market by storm.

Adaptive Sports in Fort Wayne, Indiana

First, a little background for those unfamiliar with the industry: Adaptive sports are competitive or recreational sports adapted to various ability levels. Some examples include wheelchair basketball, power soccer, and goalball.

Check out US Paralympics or Move United Sports for descriptions of many of the adaptive sports that fuel championship-level competition.

Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, now nearing its 80th year, has evolved into a national hub for adaptive sports being one of 9 US Paralympic and Olympic Training Centers in the country. Turnstone has hosted the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) Goalball National Championships, served as the first-ever satellite location for the Endeavor Games, has hosted the USA Boccia National Championships, the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Women's & Military National Championships, and so much more.

Why Fort Wayne, Indiana?

Fort Wayne’s growing connection to the adaptive sports industry is the result of several factors manifesting simultaneously. We have the venues, the expertise, and enthusiastic community partnerships to support world-class athletics at a time when the industry is ready to grow.

Visit Fort Wayne also collaborates with Turnstone to offer community training to area hotels to enhance their hosting capabilities for athletes with disabilities.

Turnstone competitive sports

Year-Round Competition and Conditioning

Turnstone also hosts sports programs and competitions such as wheelchair basketball tournaments, sled hockey, wheelchair rugby, and sit volleyball that are open to the public. Check out upcoming dates on Turnstone’s website or call (260) 483-2100 for info.

Plan to bring the family out to an event soon to find out why adaptive sports are fast-growing into one of Fort Wayne’s most exciting attractions.