Landon Turner Nominated for Courage in Sports Honor on CBS
Sept. 5, 2011
CHICAGO - Former Indiana basketball standout Landon Turner has been nominated for the America's Choice Honor for Courage in Sports, Intersport announced on Monday, Sept. 5. The America's Choice Honor, wholly determined by fan voting, recognizes individuals that have overcome monumental challenges to achieve greatness in the world of sports. The winner will be announced on a one-hour "Courage in Sports" special airing at 5 p.m. ET Nov. 13 on CBS.
Each week for six weeks, two inspirational sports stories will be featured on the Courage in Sports Facebook page (Facebook.com/CourageInSports). The top weekly vote-getter will proceed to the finals, which run Oct. 3-16.
Turner, a dominant power forward, and teammate of Isaiah Thomas, led the Hoosiers to an NCAA National Championship in 1981. Just four months later, Turner suffered a fractured spine in an automobile accident and was left paralyzed from the chest down. Despite his tragic injury, the budding star was selected in the 10th round of the 1982 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. Confined to a wheelchair for the last 30 years, Turner has remained an adored figure in the eyes of the Indiana faithful. He now works as a motivational speaker, educating young people in Indiana about disability awareness. Turner was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.
Week one winner, and therefore one of six finalists, was Eric LeGrand, a Rutgers football player who suffered a severe spinal injury making a tackle against Army last October.
For more about Turner, visit Facebook.com/CourageInSports. Fans can vote as often as they would like and can share their vote with Facebook friends. Week three voting opened today and ends on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Past "Courage in Sports" honorees include Hank Aaron, Cal Ripken Jr., Arthur Ashe, Kerri Strug, Walter Payton and Muhammad Ali.
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