FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Adaptive sports competition will once again be the focus this weekend at the Turnstone Endeavor Games.
The 2nd annual event, held Saturday, will feature 150 athletes striving to do their best in power soccer, sit volleyball, track & field, power soccer, goalball, swimming, boccia, wheelchair basketball and air rifle shooting. The Endeavor Games will be held at Turnstone’s Plassman Athletic Center, Carroll High School’s Natatorium, Homestead High School’s track and The-X-Count Shooting Range in Fort Wayne.
“I really enjoy (the Endeavor Games)," runner Zebediah Pfenning says. "I hope that we don't necessarily get 1st in all our races, but be ourselves and challenge ourselves."
Zebediah, 12, of Ligonier, is the national record holder in adaptive sports 200-meter dash, the javelin and the long jump. He and his siblings, Zach and Zephira, have provided a solid foundation for the small, but growing Turnstone track & field team that the Endeavor Games is specifically designed.
The Endeavor Games gives opportunity for athletes with physical disabilities to participate in sports at a competitive level. Additionally, clinics throughout the day Friday will introduce athletes to a variety of other adapative sports that Turnstone offers. This weekend is the beginning of the Endeavor Game Series, which runs through June and culminates with national competition at the University of Central Oklahoma.
“We use it as an opportunity locally to give our athletes exposure to other sports," Kevin Hughes, Turnstone adaptive sports coordinator, says. "The growth of Turnstone as a whole has allowed us to put on an event like this." In addition to being on the staff at Turnstone, you can find Hughes playing for the national champion Turnstone Flyers sled hockey team.
Turnstone has been a centerpiece for the growth of adaptive sports in Northeast Indiana. The Silver Medal-winning U.S. Paralympic Goalball team trains at Turnstone, and partners with Parkview Sports Medicine for athletic training, nutrition and athletic rehabilitation services. Earlier this month, the Turnstone Flyers prep wheelchair team placed 9th at nationals. In June, Turnstone will host the Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals.