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Last updated: Thu. Mar. 13, 2014 - 01:42 am EDT

Turner to speak at Boys, Girls Club

Hoosier great to give inspirational talk

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne welcome ex-Indiana University basketball player and alumni club member Landon Turner at the 22nd annual Steak & Burger Dinner on Thursday, April 25 at the Landmark Conference Centre. WANE-TV's sports director Glenn Marini will be the emcee.

With a high school and college basketball career headed for the NBA, tragedy struck just four months after Turner helped the Indiana Hoosiers win the 1981 NCAA championship. Paralyzed from the chest down after a car accident, his determination to succeed endured. He has co-authored a book on his struggle in coach Bob Knight's “Dog House” and success in the Big Ten. Landon has also received the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Most Courageous Award and was awarded the prestigious Sagamore of the Wabash Award by ex-Gov. Evan Bayh, among many other awards for his triumphs both on and off the basketball court.

Join us as Turner inspires Club members and guests with his inspirational story of overcoming adversity, maintaining a positive attitude and living an abundantly successful life.

The event will also feature a bike drawing for lucky Club members in attendance and a “Needs-based Auction.” A cocktail reception and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner and program begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Landmark Conference Centre at 6222 Ellison Road.

Registration is $150 per guest and pre-event registration is required. Corporate table sponsorships are available and include eight guest registrations seated with two Club members. Bike sponsorships are also available for the drawing. All ticket and auction proceeds will support the programs offered to children and teens through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne. Go to www.bgcfw.org to register or donate.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort WayneAt the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne. “Great Futures Start Here.”

The clubs have grown to three locations in Fort Wayne over the past 21 years. The clubs offer a safe place, professional staff, and fun and life-enhancing programs. The clubs serve more than 300 children, 6-18 years old, daily, 238 days a year, and more than 1,400 members annually. Core program areas are career exploration and educational enhancement, character and leadership development, the arts, health and life skills, and fitness.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne is to inspire all young people, especially those in need the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. For more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, go to www.bgcfw.org.


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