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landon-turnerLandon Turner

Landon is a former American college basketball player. He starred on the 1981 Indiana University squad that won the NCAA Championship. His basketball career was cut short by an automobile accident in 1981 that left him paralyzed from the chest down.

In May 1984, Turner graduated from IU with a Bachelors degree in Physical Education. Realizing the enormous physical, mental and emotional challenges he battled, Turner began to tell his story of courage, perseverance and triumph. This was the start of his public speaking career. In 1989, the United States Basketball Writers Association awarded Landon the “Most Courageous Award”. Also that year, he was presented with the highest honor bestowed in the State of Indiana, The Sagamore of the Wabash Award, given by Governor Evan Bayh. In 1992, the Hoosier Minority Chamber of Commerce honored Turner as a “Living Legend in Black”

Basketball remains an important part of Landon’s life. He played for the Indiana Pacers wheelchair basketball team, coached in the Nike League (in which his team won a Championship) and was assistant coach for the Southport High School freshman team.

Turner is co-author of Landon Turner’s Tales from the 1980-81 Indiana Hoosiers, published in 2005.

In 2003, he was named to the Silver Anniversary High School Team by the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. In May 2003, Landon was inducted into the Arsenal Technical High School Hall of Fame. In March 2007, he was inducted into the Indiana High School Athletic Association Hall Of Fame.

ray-tolbertRay Tolbert

Ray Tolbert was a star that everyone looked up to because of his talent, his size and his heart. In 1977 He was selected as a High School All American and Mr. Basketball of Indiana. He took his talent to Indiana University where he was the MVP of the NIT championship in 1979, Gold Medal winner at the Pan-Am games, two time Big Ten champs, Big Ten MVP, All-American 2nd Team and NCAA National Champions. He was selected as the 18th pick in the first round of the NBA draft, playing for 7 years.

Ray took his skills from his many years of experience and took a position coaching the Frankfort High School basketball team where he went on to win 2 State Championships and 1 National title. He expanded his coaching career by starting his nationally acclaimed “Big Rays” Basketball camp as well as coaching the Anderson Champions of the ABA.

Ray is also no stranger to community,  he was the director of the “Good Decisions” program and also served as the deputy Coroner from 1998 to 2004. Ray found that good decisions in life are in many ways like the ones that had to be made on the court. It takes teamwork, attention to details and the ability to be unselfish when working with others.

Ray now spends his time speaking to Corporations, schools, conferences, Prayer Breakfasts and Church groups while also working with inner-city young people at the Shepherd community Jireh Sports program. He also does a program at the Juvenile Detention Center called “rising above”.