The 4th annual Fort Wayne Sport Club Charity Kickball Tournament Fundraiser to benefit Turnstone and TOPSoccer finally took place at Indian Trails Park, 10300 Aboite Center Road, Fort Wayne on Saturday, August 15th. $3,000 in proceeds from the tournament will benefit Turnstone while another $700 raised by the event will benefit TOPSoccer. Twenty teams were originally scheduled to compete in the tournament on June 27th, but inclement weather on that day lead to postponing the event and scheduling the August 15th make-up date. Sixteen teams competed in the make-up date tournament in both round-robin group and playoff play. Semi-Final teams included Komets, Praus Crossfit, Sharpe KC and Fort Wayne Sport & Social Club. The Komets went on to beat Sharpe KC in the Final game for the tournament victory.
Fort Wayne Sport Club, Turnstone and TOPSoccer would like to thank the over 160 participants of the 4th annual Fort Wayne Sport Club Charity Kickball Tournament Fundraiser, the volunteers and staff who made the event run so smoothly as well as Scoreboard Sponsor Buffalo Wings & Ribs; Field Sponsors: Adams Radio Group; Crossfit Praus; Fort Wayne Sport & Social Club; Mad Apple Crossfit; PHD, Inc. and Travel Leaders; Home Run Sponsor: Wendy’s and in-kind sponsor: ACE Tent Rental for their generously in supporting the event. Who Cut the Cheese food truck also supported the event along with special deals from Pizza Hut. A great time was had by all involved and plans are being set in motion for the 5th annual Fort Wayne Sport Club Charity Kickball Tournament Fundraiser which will take place at the end of June in the summer of 2016. The Fort Wayne Sport Club partnered with the Fort Wayne Sport & Social Club (www.facebook.com/fortwaynesocial ) this year in an effort to enhance the tournament and create a more ‘festival-like’ atmosphere for the event.
Turnstone’s mission is to provide therapeutic, educational, wellness and recreational programs to empower people with disabilities. As the only not-for-profit organization within northeast Indiana that provides a full range of rehabilitative, educational, wellness, athletic and recreational programs and facilities to persons with physical disabilities and their families, Turnstone is creating possibilities.
TOPSoccer is The Outreach Program for Soccer from US Youth Soccer. It is specifically designed to allow children with special needs to participate in sport of soccer. Any child with a special need can participate. The coaching staff consists of US Youth Soccer licensed coaches and volunteers from the Sport Club’s own soccer programs. There has been an instructor-to-child ratio of 1-to-1 in the past.
The Fort Wayne Sport Club was founded in 1927 by an active group of soccer players who immigrated to the Fort Wayne area from Germany in the aftermath of World War I. Their immediate goal was ‘the promotion of football (soccer) and German culture’ in the Northeast Indiana area. Today, the Fort Wayne Sport Club is a hub of soccer activity, with programs for recreational and competitive soccer players from age 4-years to 30-and-over. The German culture is celebrated in the many social events enjoyed by club members. “We are extremely proud of our long history and heritage of encouraging participation in soccer at all levels throughout the Fort Wayne area,” remarked Fort Wayne Sport Club President Dan Kruse.