Gardner Gold Special Olympics honored at City Council

Mayor Todd Winters and city council members proclaimed Monday, November 7 as Gardner Gold Special Olympics Day.

Winters said they are committed to providing residents of Gardner with developmental disabilities a place to experience activities many take for granted.

“Gardner Gold has been proud to be able to provide these opportunities at no cost to the families because of the community support and involvement experienced in the Gardner community,” he said.

Winters said the volunteers have helped the athletes develop a strong bond with the community of Gardner and with special populations across the Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Gardner Gold Special Olympics was founded in 2003. This is the 19th anniversary of the program in Gardner.

The program began with four athletes and now has over 40 participating athletes.

Winters said this was in large part to the hard work, cooperation, diligence and vision of Gardner Parks and Recreation, the founding members and volunteers.

“Gardner Gold has been proud to be able to provide these opportunities at no cost to the families because of the community support and involvement experienced in the Gardner community,” he said.

Winters said he urges all residents to offer continuing support to the program.