Always be a leader and not a follower, former Indiana Hoosier brings his message to SCHS


Landon Turner played basketball for Indiana University in Bloomington back in the 1980s. He was a star basketball player but struggled to keep his grades up by not applying himself. When he was a Junior, Coach Bobby Knight threatened to kick him off the team.

After that, Landon Turner decided to put all his effort into school and basketball. He was back on the right track, getting good grades and was in the starting lineup for IU.

Against his better judgment he was influenced by another student to forget school for the day and go to Kings Island. It was going to be a great day for the college students until the unthinkable happened. Landon Turner had a wreck and woke up in the hospital with a broken neck. After the initial shock of never walking again, he picked himself up, went to rehab, enrolled back at IUPU and graduated.

Now he is a motivational speaker, traveling around trying to get a message to students.  He knows that if he had gone with his first instinct, and not succumbed to peer pressure, he would be walking today. His message is, “always be a leader and not a follower.”

– Rosemary Bovard