Hero of the Week: Gordon Hartman

Throughout the week, our ACC Team searches through emails and news articles looking for someone who deserves to be the Hero of the Week… Find out how you can nominate a Hero of the Week at the bottom of the page.

Gordon Hartman’s daughter Morgan was born with both physical and cognitive disabilities. In 2006, while on a family vacation, he watched her become very sad as she was unable to join in on the activities the other kids were doing. That moment inspired Gordon to build an all-accessible theme park. He had experience as a builder and enlisted help from experts on building his dream: Morgan’s Wonderland.

The park, which is in the Hartman family’s hometown of San Antonio, Texas, is not just for kids with disabilities, it’s for everyone. Every ride is ultra-accessible. Morgan’s Wonderland opened in 2010 and is believed to be the only one like it in the world. In fact, Gordon has welcomed guests from dozens of countries and those with disabilities have free access to the park.

For more, check out this story as covered by CBS News.

Kix’s Response:

What a story! We’ve all heard that famous mis-quote from Field of Dreams: “If you build it, [they] will come.” He did and they have!

We’re happy to recognize Gordon Hartman as our ACC Hero!

Nominate a Hero of the Week

Now, we want to know who has made a difference in your life. Nominate a local firefighter, police officer, EMT or someone who is serving our country in the military. It could even be a neighbor, family member or friend who lent a crucial helping hand. Let us know all about the person who you feel is a real life hero by emailing us here and please feel free to send us a picture!

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