Shaver Lake Special Olympic Winter Games

The Lions Special Olympics Program began more than 10 years ago as an outreach to the Special Olympics program in Fresno, to give special needs youth a chance to enjoy winter in our local mountains.

Jerry and Janet Sandstrom managed the program for a decade and passed leadership to Mike and Barbara Hankins.

Those managing the program plan for this weekend event and obtain housing, meals and coordinate the activity with China Peak Mountain Resort. The Lions are assisted by the Shaver Lake Birthday Club, the Civic League, numerous Shaver Lake volunteers and the Fresno Special Olympics committee.

It is the only winter venue for these youngsters.

Special thanks are also due to the local cabin and condo owners who donate their facilities for lodging the Special Athletes