Welcome to Turning Point
Life Beyond the Sidewalk
Michael "Shorty" Powers' wheelchair is empty today. His love for life, passion for the outdoors, zeal for adventure, coupled with his refusal to accept "limitations" and his readiness to tackle a challenge made Shorty a truly extraordinary & unforgettable man. Throughout his life, Shorty never met a stranger, with many becoming life-long friends. There's a void in all the hearts and lives Shorty touched throughout his action-packed life. You might have met him at a restaurant, POINT activity, rehab or the Wal-Mart parking lot. For many, their life was forever changed by their encounter with Shorty.
On March 16, 1969, Shorty survived a tragic car accident that killed his best friend; his aorta bled out which resulted in paraplegia. Always a nature lover and avid outdoorsman, Shorty didn't let his wheelchair keep him indoors! He trail-blazed a path to start the first organized adaptive outdoor recreational adventures for folks with disabilities. His impact on people who were "newly injured" was remarkable and life-altering! With new-found confidence discovered in conquering outdoor challenges, Shorty founded a non-profit organization, Turning POINT, in 1979. Shorty's vision of empowering lives using the healing force of nature combined with adapted recreational activities for the mobility impaired community. Turning POINT was just awarded a TPWD Co-Op grant which will introduce members to new adaptive equipment hands-on at outdoor programs throughout the upcoming year - Shorty's legacy lives on…
Some of Shorty's accomplishments include:
Lone Star Legends, TPWD Chairman's Award for Public Service: 1999
Barbara Jordan Award (for Turning POINT Video): 2000
The Hall of Fame at the TPWD Freshwater Fisheries Center: 2004
A Night of Light Awards of Excellence: 2006
He climbed a mountain, played tennis and basketball, scuba dived, sailed boats, hunted, kayaked, caught myriad fish, and loved people and life!
Shorty's best friend, the late Randy Snow, once said "If anyone is meant to be in a wheelchair, it's Shorty.... to show us the way"!
Today Turning POINT is continuing to support Shorty's dream and legacy.… Adaptive activities are scheduled (see calendar below) and new ones are being added:
Our newest program is for those who would like to familiarize themselves with handguns. On January 14, we will hold our first Basic Handgun Class. This class will introduce you to safe handling of handguns, parts of the gun and how to aim and shoot. Our instructor is Ken Carden, a lawyer and avid sailer who is also a paraplegic. An Advanced Handgun Class will follow on January 21. This class is to improve your shooting skills, shooting various targets at various speeds.
Monthly activities are boating / fishing on Lake Ray Hubbard from a pontoon boat at Captain's Cove, Garland. This is available the 1st and 3rd weekend . To RSVP, contact email@example.com. Archery is another activity held one Tuesday (6pm - 8pm) a month at Texas Archery Academy. Times and dates are announced through emails and the calendar below. Handcycling is coming back! Our thanks to Wendy Gumbert at Texas Regional Paralympics for donating 5 handcycles to get our program up and going again.
We are pleased to announce that we now are offering weekly bowling and billiards every Wednesday. Billiards is at 1pm - 3pm at the Plano Super Bow, 2521 K Ave, Plano 75074. Billiards s at the Plano VFW, 221 W Parker Rd, Plano 75023 at 3pm to 5pm. Just show up and enjoy yourself.
Turning POINT is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with 36 years experience providing FREE adapted outdoor recreational activities and adventures for those with physical challenges. Each month there are activities scheduled to help those with mobility impairments stay active!
Maybe you or someone you know would like to get involved with us - we welcome members, volunteers, sponsors and donors.