The United States Association of Blind Athletes has announced the city of Fort Wayne and Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities will host the 2016 USABA Goalball National Championships. Teams from across the country will participate in the tournament next June.
“Turnstone and the Fort Wayne community have an established reputation as outstanding hosts of many previous international and national-level athletic competitions. While relatively new members of the Goalball community, Turnstone and the Fort Wayne community have an amazing passion for sport and athletes. Not only have they embraced us to host our 2016 National Championships, they’ve signed-on to be part of the future success of USA Goalball,” USABA National Goalball Program Manager John Potts said.
“We are excited to be working with our partners-the United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) and Visit Fort Wayne to bring the 2016 USABA Goalball National Championships to Turnstone and Fort Wayne. This partnership will be a great chance to introduce a new sport to the city and will provide an opportunity to showcase Turnstone’s newly established designation, by USABA, as a National Goalball Center for Excellence. This tournament will feature elite level athletes, some whom will represent Team USA at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio De Janeiro. We will be thrilled to welcome them to our community,” Turnstone CEO Mike Mushett said.
The tournament will be held June 23-25, 2016.