Kansas Turf donates new uniforms to local Special Olympics team

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The state of Kansas has 153 local Special Olympics teams, all tasked with their own fundraising.

Thanks to Kansas Turf, 140 athletes on the Topeka/Shawnee County team received brand new uniforms on Thursday.

"It starts with our own brother who has been part of the Special Olympics for 10 years or so," said Jake Farrant, owner of Kansas Turf. "We all believe in 'if you look good, you play good.' We just wanted them to feel good and have some new gear."

Local program coordinator Rita Kennedy said the athletes are ecstatic about their new garb.

"They've never had a complete set of uniforms," Kennedy said. "We have to do all our own fundraising and traveling takes more of our money than buying the uniforms.

"They're going to be so excited and we're going to hear about it for months."

Farrant and Kansas Turf have sponsored and volunteered with the team for about 10 years. The company also supports over 10 other youth teams.

"We just love the help and the support of us," said Dustin Gunter, one of the team's track and field athletes. "It's just great because some kids that have disabilities never got to do sports.

"It just made us actually show people who we are."

The Topeka/Shawnee County Special Olympics team will show off their new uniforms at their track meet on Saturday at Shawnee Heights.

Everyone is welcome to come by to cheer on the athletes and to volunteer to help at the meet.