Nine Mesquite Special Olympic Team Members brought home the Gold and Silver Team medals in Bocce Ball and dozens of individual medals at the Special Olympics’ Fiftieth Anniversary Games held in Reno, NV.

In Mesquite, among the residents and visitors, you’ll find hundreds of sports enthusiasts, schools that place a high value on team sports and golfers galore so it should come as no surprise that they also have some Olympic gold and silver medalists among them.

In the first week on July, the Mesquite Special Olympics teams geared up and headed to Reno for the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympic Summer Games.

The opening ceremony on July 9 signaled the start of the games but the competitions began on July 10 when the two Mesquite bocce ball teams went head to head with the competition and pulled not one but two medals, with the teams from Mesquite taking both the gold and silver in the event.


The Mesquite Bocce Ball team had 16 active athletes with eight person teams and four 4 person teams that won either Gold or Silver. The team of Jered Naccarato and Frederick Paul won gold in both 2 person and 4 person as did  Staci Hopper with Robert Howard and Nick Verruno with Tammy Alexander. Our other Gold team winners were Brook Teeples  with Diego Gutierrez and Nathan Abrams with Dana Benson. In the 4 person Ramon Preciado won Gold as did Daniel Jensen, Randy Christensen, Glen Cheney and Julie Williams.

Mesquite Special Olympics is currently looking for track and field coaches. If you are interested please contact Debbie Dorn at 435-229-8540.

Dorn said, “Without volunteers, Special Olympics Nevada would not exist. We depend on the time, energy and dedication of thousands of energetic volunteers to fulfill our mission.

If you are able to commit some time as a coach, we can use your help! Special Olympics volunteers include students, retirees, professionals and families. You don’t need coaching experience or specific training working with persons with intellectual disabilities. We have great staff, mentor coaches and coaches training to get you going. If you are at least 14 years old and have a love of sports, time to commit and a willingness to make a difference, you can help us change lives.”

For more information about the program, or about joining the local team, contact Dorn at 435-229-8540 or Brenda Bowler at 702-207-9615.