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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 2:47 pm

Turnstone goalball housing project to break ground Friday

The Journal Gazette

The United States Association of Blind Athletes and Turnstone will break ground Friday on the Goalball Athlete Housing on the Turnstone campus -- a project expected to cost more than $400,000.

The groundbreaking ceremony is at 10 a.m.

The housing development is funded by private donations and is a collaborative venture supported by United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA), the Lions Club and Turnstone. It's designed so the athletes can live closer to the Goalball Center for Excellence at Turnstone. 

The project includes two homes that will have six bedrooms and be on a finished basement. They will be directly across from the Plassman Athletic Center at Turnstone along Livingston Drive.

One of the houses will be the permanent residence for the USABA Goalball athletes who are training here full-time year round. The other house will be used for any upcoming tournaments, camps, clinics for goalball and other athletes, Turnstone said.

"Housing at Turnstone will allow athletes to focus more intently on training and will also allow us to host teams from across the U.S. and across the world at Turnstone’s top-rate facility," Mark Lucas, USABA executive director, said in a statement.

Turnstone is one of 10 gold level participants in the Paralympic Sport Club Excellence Programs in the United States.

Turnstone this week is hosting the Goalball National Championship for the first time. The opening ceremony is at 5 p.m. today, with games starting at 5:30 p.m.