Fort Wayne, IN – Saturday, September 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the 2016 Paralympics, Team USA Wheelchair Basketball team won Gold. They remained undefeated in the games with a record of 8-0 and played a hard game against Spain.
You can see all of the stats of the game at: https://smsprio2016-a.akamaihd.net/_odf-documents/W/B/WBM400101_Results_2016_09_17_c8004946_897a_450e_92e1_49dc258ecb6e.pdf
Photos courtesy of Simon Bruty for OIS/IOC: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xkz9gkr755w8rmr/AABGo5g1m3gS_Q8jBhTLgUlra?dl=0
One of the members of Team USA, Jared Arambula started playing wheelchair basketball with the Turnstone Flyers at the age of 13. He went on to play in college at the University of Alabama, where they won a national championship with his assistance.
“Jared is an outstanding example of strength, skill and determination, and the importance of Turnstone’s adaptive sports programs. Knowing that Jared played at Turnstone and is now part of Team USA is a proud moment for all of us at Turnstone,” said Mike Mushett, CEO. “We look forward to watching him continue to excel on the world’s stage and to see him in the 2020 Paralympics.”
Turnstone is one of ten gold level participants in the Paralympic Sport Club Excellence Programs in the United States.
Paralympic sports have arrived as viable opportunities for both athletes and spectators. According to U.S. Paralympics, the disability community in the U.S. is 21 million strong. But less than 10 percent participate in regular physical activity. In Fort Wayne, it is estimated that 55,000 citizens are living with a disability. Through sports, the U.S. Paralympics and Paralympic sports clubs like Turnstone are helping a person with a disability live a healthy and active lifestyle.