200@200 : September — Spirit of Competition

Fort Wayne has a rich heritage in individual and team athletics as well as in recreational and competitive sports. A typical child in Fort Wayne grew up spending summers swimming in a watering hole or playing Wildcat baseball in the mornings and shooting hoops with their friends in one of Fort Wayne's many parks in the afternoon. For many, these informal games were the basis for a lifelong love of sports. Local athletes from every level have achieved success. Fort Wayne is the home of city, conference, state, national, and even Olympic champions. Our home can claim many "firsts," from the early days of organized sports to more recent history.

Today, Fort Wayne has three professional, minor-league teams. These include the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League, and the Fort Wayne TinCaps of baseball's Midwest League.

From childhood games to the excitement of professional sports, there is something for everyone in Fort Wayne. Residents can enjoy the challenge and excitement of competition, be part of a team, improve skills, get exercise and simply have fun. Whether you watch from the sidelines or take to the field yourself, you won't be disappointed in Fort Wayne's outstanding sports scene-past and present.

Be sure to visit our virtual exhibit page again in October to view the next installment of 200@200.

What is 200@200?

As Indiana embarks on its bicentennial anniversary and reflects on past challenges, successes, and opportunities, we too reflect on 200 years of our part of Indiana. How has Fort Wayne changed? What have we discovered? What will we take with us into the next century?

The 200@200 project is a celebration of Fort Wayne's legacy of progress throughout Indiana's 200 years of history. Using artifacts from the museum's collection of 28,000 objects, the History Center will tell 200 unique stories of Fort Wayne's role in the 200 years of Indiana's statehood throughout the 2016 bicentennial year. Each month highlights a different historical theme and presents a collective mosaic of the community's shared past and present, commemorating the progress, growth, and creativity of the "Summit City." Each month's theme will be featured in a virtual exhibit and in person at the History Center.

The History Center is honored to share that 200@200 has been endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission as an official Legacy Project. WANE serves as the project's media sponsor. Stop by the History Center to view these artifacts in person during 2016.

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