Landon Turner to speak during Hoosier Boys State

Former Indiana University basketball player Landon Turner, who was paralyzed from the chest down in a 1981 automobile accident, will speak during Hoosier Boys State at Trine University.

Turner will speak at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 16, in the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts on Trine University’s main campus. Turner will address Hoosier Boys State attendees, but the event is open to everyone. His will speak about Life Changing Moments — how your life can change in an instant.

Turner was a star player at Indianapolis Arsenal Tech High School and was recruited by Coach Bobby Knight to play at IU. He helped the team to an NCAA National Championship in 1981 — earning MVP honors in the semifinal game — and was named to the All Tournament Team.

In July 1981, he was in a one-car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. He returned to IU, graduating in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He eventually began a public speaking career. In 1989 he received the “Most Courageous Award” from the United States Basketball Writers Association and the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh.

Nearly 500 male youth will be in attendance this year at the eighth Hoosier Boys State to take place at Trine University. Boys State activities will begin June 12 and continue through June 17.

There is no cost to attend Turner’s speech at the Furth Center, 500 W. Maumee St., Angola. Visitors may park in the parking lot at the Furth Center.