Collier County awarded the 2013 Patrick Solis Inspirational Athlete of the Year Award to Latasha Gardner of Immokalee, FL.
Latasha is a versatile athlete who competes in cycling, bowling, basketball, rhythmic dance, soccer, and flag football with SOFL – Collier County. Her dedication, sportsmanship, and hard work in all of these sports have allowed her to excel and to achieve numerous awards and accolades at both local and state levels. Coach Kelly Stevenson states “Latasha is a great athlete with excellent sportsmanship, and she is always willing to help out no matter what you ask her to do.”
Latasha’s love for sports and her compassion, sportsmanship and consideration towards her fellow teammates and competitors set an excellent example for all to emulate and applaud. Special Olympics Florida – Collier County is honored to name her as Patrick Solis Inspirational Athlete of the Year for 2013.
About Special Olympics Florida – Collier County
Special Olympics Florida – Collier County Awards the 2013 Patrick Solis Inspirational Athlete of the Year Award to Latasha Gardner
Special Olympics is recognized as the most credible charitable organization in the country. It has name recognition with 94% of the adult population. Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver over 30 years ago to provide a year-round sports training and athletic competition program in Olympic-type sports (ranging from track & field to golf) for persons eight years of age and older with intellectual disabilities. This training and competition gives our athletes the opportunity to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of skills and friendship with other athletes and the community at large.
Our local program is a 100% volunteer grassroots organization. The program is made possible only through the dedication of hundreds of volunteers who organize sports events, coach, publicize, raise funds and administer the organization. We receive no financial assistance from any outside agency and no government funding; therefore, an integral part of our fundraising is through generous in-kind donations of local businesses.